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Obama's day: Night flight to Prague

Good morning from The Oval. This day in 1348 saw the founding of Central Europe's first college, Charles University in Prague -- the ancient Czech Republic capital where President Obama will be by this time tomorrow.

Here's a look at the president's day, along with some of the people, places, and events that make Prague one of the world's great cities.

Astronomical Clock, Old Town Square. There are no public events on the president's schedule, but he holds a string of meetings leading up to his 7:30 p.m. departure aboard Air Force One.

One of his meetings is with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and one of their topics is the continuing criticism by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, as described by USA TODAY's Ken Dilanian. Will a May 12 meeting between Obama and Karzai come off as scheduled?

Franz Kafka. The nightmarish visions of Prague's most famous writer are nothing compared to the prospect of a nuclear attack. Obama travels to Prague a day after releasing a new strategy that restricts the potential U.S. use of nuclear weapons, report Mimi Hall and Tom Vanden Brook of USA TODAY.

In addition to this trip, Obama's team is also planning a nuclear security summit in Washington next week featuring leaders from 47 countries.

In other news:

Prague Castle. The West Virginia tragedy is another sign that risk is a way of life in coal mining country, a USA TODAY team reports.

The Charles Bridge. Upper income Americans face the loss of Bush-era tax cuts, USA TODAY's Richard Wolf tells us.

The Velvet Revolution. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visits Beijing Thursday to discuss the U.S.-Chinese currency dispute.

Wenceslas Square. The pressure is growing on Republican Party chairman Michael Steele, and on other Republican leaders.

Oscar-winning director Milos Forman. The U.S. military is working with Mexico to battle drug traffickers, reports Jim Michaels of USA TODAY.

And some things never change: The University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its 78th straight game last night, this one a championship final over Stanford. Expect a presidential call today to the Lady Huskies.

We'll be here all day to update you on the president's activities, so check us out and be careful out there.

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