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 “The first hint of a nearing end to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was voiced Friday by Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, national incident commander in charge of cleanup efforts. “

“BAGHDAD — A money crunch is fueling Al Qaida in Iraq’s recent string of robberies and attacks on banks as the weakened organization tries to reconstitute itself, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said. “

On The Day Obama Signs Iran Sanctions Into Law, Brown Attacks Him For Not ‘Following Through’ On Sanctions

“In early June, the United Nations “leveled its fourth round of sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program,” which were hailed by President Obama as “the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government.” Yesterday, Obama signed into law “unilateral American sanctions on Iran that go beyond the penalties imposed by the United Nations last month.” The new U.S. sanctions “further restrict investment in Iran’s energy sector and cut off financing for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” while cracking down “on federal contractors that do business with Iran.”

Stabenow, Economists: Senate Stalemate on Unemployment Extension Hurting Families

“We are seeing numbers that certainly are mixed on the jobs front. We’re continuing to move in the right direction, but but certainly not as fast as I would like or any of us would like. We have a long way to go, and in the middle of this are people who were hurt because of Wall Street’s recklessness, who were hurt by other economic policies, and were hurt by companies moving jobs overseas. And they’ve done nothing but work all their lives and take care of their families and do their best to provide a quality of life for their families … In my state, 43,000 of them are beginning to lose benefits right now, in June, and 68,000 in July. And they don’t understand what’s happening, and they’re angry, particularly at Republicans in Washington who are out of touch, and fighting for the wrong people.”

McConnell Confirms He’s A ‘No’ on Kagan

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), anticipating that Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination will make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced he will vote against her when she comes up for a vote on the floor.”

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