U2 frontman and international activist Bono met today with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, to discuss debt relief, fighting poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bono, co-founder and a director of DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa) handed Lantos a book, “The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It,” by Paul Collier.
Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.