Obama gets secret service protection

Published May 4, 2007

WASHINGTON - The Secret Service said Thursday that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was being placed under its protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there were no known threats and Obama requested the protection. Obama's rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has a Secret Service detail that is provided to all former first ladies. In the last election, Democratic candidates John Kerry and John Edwards received their protection in February 2004 as they were competing for the party's nomination. Obama's detail comes nine months before the first votes are cast. Meanwhile, Obama on Thursday urged that copyright rules be waived for video from Democratic presidential debates.

Also Thursday

World Bank: World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz issued a rebuttal that blamed unclear bank rules for creating questions about his handling of hefty pay raises for his girlfriend.

Imported drugs: The Senate, on a 63-28 vote, effectively endorsed a measure to allow lower-priced drugs to be imported from Canada and elsewhere as an amendment to legislation related to the Food and Drug Administration, making approval likely despite the Bush administration's opposition. Florida Sens. Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Bill Nelson both voted for the measure.

Medicare-Medicaid: President Bush nominated Kerry Weems, a longtime federal health official, to oversee the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Weems is deputy chief of staff to Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.