With a centennial celebration of Father's Day coming next month, and a new president committed to supporting better parenting, liberals and conservatives alike say the political stars may be aligned for major progress in promoting responsible fatherhood.
The enormity and complexity of the federal stimulus program are weighing heavily on cash-strapped states that are required to keep track of numerous deadlines and reports for the $49 billion of recovery dollars already starting to flow into states for this year.
President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick - the first by a Democratic president in 15 years - is likely to face a smooth path to confirmation, although it also gives liberals and conservatives alike a fresh reason to mobilize.
The NAACP has fought for a century to bring equal and civil rights to blacks, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes the organization's current battle is to help the troubled U.S. economy and struggling domestic auto industry.