The Soapbox: The Caps Advance

Economic figures show the economy is slowing. And a judge refuses to drop all charges against Manning.

An overtime goal propels the Capitals into the next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Economic figures show the recovery might be losing steam. And the soldier in the middle of the Wikileaks scandal is still in court.


Bye, Bye Boston

The Washington Capitals knocked off the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, on an overtime shot that sparked racist comments on Twitter. The Caps now face the Rangers on Wednesday.

Will the Caps need all seven games against New York?


Economy Slows

The U.S. economy grew at a slower pace than forecast, according to data published Friday by Bloomberg. The first quarter gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the GDP grew at 3 percent. The numbers give the Republicans, particularly likely nominee Mitt Romney, fodder to use against President Obama, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Said the Monitor:

Although the economy is in no danger of sinking into another recession, the slower rate of growth is now in what economists term the “gray zone” for Mr. Obama.

How will the economy affect the November election? Is Obama's campaign in danger?


Most Serious Charge Against Manning Remains

The judge in the case against Pfc. Bradley Manning refused to dismiss the most serious charge against Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history, the Washington Post reported.

Manning, who is being tried at Fort Meade, is still charged with "aiding the enemy," which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

What should happen to Manning? 


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