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Louisiana official: BP bused in 400 temporary workers for Obama’s Gulf Coast visit.

“Increased national attention was on the Gulf Coast yesterday when President Obama made a visit to assess the oil spill response effort. An official in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, is reporting that BP “bused 400 cleanup workers into Grand Isle” — at a rate of $12 an hour — to be there when Obama arrived.”

Gingrich Plays Defense On His Nazi Comparison: ‘I’m Not Saying Obama Is The Bad Guy’

“Newt Gingrich sat down with the Des Moines Register editorial board this week to discuss his new book To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular Socialist Machine. Right at the start of the interview, a Register editor asked if Gingrich thinks “voters are stupid since they elected President Obama in 2008.” The former Speaker walked back the entire premise of his book. “The whole question of the scale of change has nothing to do with Obama,” he said. “

For unhappy GOP voters, California’s a tea-party free zone

“Angry at politicians and deeply disillusioned about the future, California’s Republican voters are clearly in an anti-establishment mood. But it’s likely to have little or no effect in the June 8 primary election, experts say. Despite their claims to the contrary, the candidates seeking to become governor or senator are all political or corporate insiders.”

BP announces ‘top kill’ has failed to stop Gulf oil leak

“If the next effort also fails, it could be several months before BP can drill two relief wells, and millions more gallons of crude oil could contaminate the Gulf of Mexico, poison wildlife, destroy fragile marshlands, close fishing grounds and deprive thousands of their livelihoods.”

In Camouflage or Veil, a Fragile Bond

“Female Marines in Helmand Province have the daunting mission of winning over the Afghan women who are culturally off limits to American men”

Attack Bares South Korea’s Complex Links to North

“Many South Koreans believe their government must continue to engage the North Koreans, whom they still view as impoverished if sometimes dangerous relatives.”

Foes and Supporters of New Law Gather in Arizona

“Two gatherings, one opposed to the measure and another in support of it, converged on Phoenix as the governor and state attorney general disputed who would defend the law.”

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