The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader and a Nobel Peace laureate, was in Washington on Friday in preparation for an 11-day Buddhist ritual. He was invited to the Capitol to meet with Republican and Democratic House leaders who in a rare show of unity rallied around him. His visit already has drawn criticism from China, which regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist troublemaker and bristles at any official recognition of the exiled Tibetan leader. The White House has yet to announce whether he will meet with President Barack Obama as he did, albeit in low-key fashion, on his last visit in February 2010. At a joint news conference after Thursday’s meeting, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi noted how the Dalai Lama was able to bring together Democrats and Republicans, who are struggling to narrow their differences over how to bring down the hulking budget deficit. House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, paid tribute to the Dalai Lama’s “tireless dedication to the values we all cherish.” The Dalai Lama, 76, who fled China in 1959 and is based in northern India, said he explained to the lawmakers his recent move to give up his political authority to Tibet’s elected government-in-exile, which China still refuses to negotiate with. He said representative government would mean a more democratic system for Tibetans. … Singer, songwriter Sheryl Crow says she’ll donate part of the profits from an upcoming concert in Wyoming to a wild horse protection group that is suing the government to try to stop a big mustang roundup in Nevada. Crow says the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation will get a share of the gate from her show with Kid Rock at Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 22. The Grammy Award winner who grew up in Missouri says she shares the foundation’s dedication to the preservation of wild horses on public lands.
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