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Boehner Claims He’s Said ‘From The Beginning’ That BP Should Pay For All Oil Clean Up

“Earlier this week, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) was asked by a reporter if “taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up” of the Gulf in the wake of the BP oil disaster. “I think the people responsible in the oil spill — BP and the federal government — should take full responsibility for what’s happening there,” replied Boehner, echoing an argument by the Chamber of Commerce that taxpayers should pay for part of the clean up.

Boehner’s office quickly tried to walk back his comments.”

Chevron Spills More Than 400 Barrels Of Oil In Utah, Just Days After Governor Called For More Domestic Production

“Yesterday, Chevron discovered a leaking pipeline that was spewing 50 gallons of crude oil per minute into Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City, UT. By the time crews capped the leak, more than 21,000 gallons — between 400-500 barrels — of oil had spilled out, “coating geese and ducks” and closing the city’s largest park.”

McCain Pretends That He Now Opposes The DREAM Act For ‘Humanitarian’ Reasons

“One of the areas where Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) veer to the far right in his struggle for re-election has been the most apparent is on immigration. In 2003, 2005, and 2007, for example, McCain co-sponsored the DREAM Act, which would provide provide undocumented high school graduates a path to legal residency and the chance to attend college. McCain now opposes the DREAM Act. “

Kentucky’s Republicans group behind Rand Paul

“Bryan Mills, a Republican Party official in Laurel County, spent Thursday squiring Rand Paul’s campaign chairman to more than a dozen meetings with Republican officeholders.”

Coast Guard rejects BP oil leak plan as too little, too late

“The Coast Guard has told oil giant BP that its proposed plan for containing the runaway Deepwater Horizon well does not take into account new higher estimates of how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and demanded that the company provide a more aggressive plan within 48 hours.”

News Analysis: For Turkey, an Embrace of Iran Is a Matter of Building Bridges

“For the United States, the vote by Turkey not to support new sanctions against Iran was a disappointing betrayal by a close ally that has prompted soul searching.”

Vital River Is Withering, and Iraq Has No Answer

“A river formed by the convergence of the Euphrates and Tigris no longer has the strength to keep the sea at bay.”

U.S. Intelligence Puts New Focus on Afghan Graft

“Military officers are scouring seized documents and interrogating fighters, looking for insights on how to combat a widespread perversion of authority by Afghan power brokers.”

Bonus: Pew Poll: Neighborhood communications – How Americans learn about community issues

• 46% of Americans talked face-to-face with neighbors about community issues
• 21% discussed community issues over the telephone
• 11% read a blog dealing with community issues
• 9% exchanged emails with neighbors about community issues and 5% say they belong to a community email listserv
• 4% communicated with neighbors by text messaging on cell phones
• 4% joined a social network site group connected to community issues
• 2% followed neighbors using Twitter

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