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Carter Says It will end June 3

Former President Jimmy Carter told the BBC that he expects the super delegates to swing behind Barack Obama after the last primaries on June 3.  Carter is a super delegate (as a former president). What started in Iowa will end in Montana and South Dakota. 

Obama Fills in for Ted Kennedy

Barack Obama was a substitute commencement speaker Sunday morning at Wesleyan University, substituting for Senator Ted Kennedy, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. In his speech, Obama focused on service to one’s country, both at home and overseas: “At a time of war, we need you to work for peace. At a time of inequality, we need you to work for opportunity”.

Latest News from Cannes

Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips provides immediate blog updates from Cannes, which as our guest columnist Ron Holloway has noted here,  guarantees him a good seat at all press screenings.  Phillips’ blog includes a glowing review of a French film he believes really understands life in a middle school. The film, Entre Les Murs, or The Class is directed by Laurent Cantet. Phillips sees it as a possible grand prize winner. One film already honored at Cannes is Adoration, directed by Canadian Atom Egoyan who received his second ecumenical jury prize from an  international Protestant and Catholic film jury. Egoyan was surprised by the award but thanked the jury for “getting the movie”. He had previously been honored with an ecumenical jury prize for his 1997 film, The Sweet Hereafter.

About wallwritings

From 1972 through 1999, James M. Wall was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, lllinois. He was a Contributing Editor of the Century from 1999 until July, 2017. He has written this blog, wall, since it was launched April 27, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years. James M Wall died March 22, 2021 at age 92. His family appreciates all of his readers, even those who may have disagreed with his well-informed writings.
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