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Elaine Marshall: Following His ‘Mentor’ Jesse Helms, Burr Continuing Secret Holds On Minority Judges

“Speaking with ThinkProgress at the Netroots Nation convention yesterday, U.S. Senate candidate Elaine Marshall (D-NC) harshly rebuked Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) for his use of secret holds on Judges James Wynn and Albert Diaz, who have both been nominated for the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Wynn, Marshall explained, was denied even a committee hearing when nominated for the same position in 1999 by Bill Clinton, due to Republican obstruction and a secret hold from then-Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC). “

BP fails to put money in promised escrow account.

“In a deal negotiated last month, President Obama and BP officials agreed the company would pay $5 billion annually over the next four years into an escrow account for damage its oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused. Ken Feinberg, who was appointed to administer oil spill claims out of the escrow fund, has said he “hasn’t been able to start writing claims checks” because BP PLC has failed to deposit any money into the $20 billion fund it promised to create.”

Work resumes on capping runaway Gulf of Mexico oil well

“BP vessels that evacuated ahead of Tropical Storm Bonnie returned Saturday to the Deepwater Horizon well site in the Gulf of Mexico to resume permanently capping the damaged well after a three-day halt”

Liberals press Obama for more action on key issues

“President Barack Obama has been both a hero and an obstacle to the 2,000 liberal Democrats who've been meeting since Thursday to plot their political future.”

The Week in Immigration News

“- The ACLU sued Fremont, Neb., over its new immigration regulations, which ban illegal immigrants from working or renting property in the town. The ACLU said the law is discriminatory and preempts federal authority over immigration.

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China’s Money and Migrants Pour Into Tibet

“China sees development and an enhanced security presence as key to stability, but the flow of people has deepened resentment among many Tibetans.”

Artists See Increase in U.S.-Cuba Cultural Exchanges

“Members of the arts community say more musicians, actors and writers are traveling between Cuba and the United States.”

Britain Plans to Decentralize National Health Care

“The new government’s plan would be the most radical reorganization of the National Health Service since its inception in 1948.”

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