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Stem Cell Ruling Limits Administration’s, Scientists’ Options

“A U.S. District Court judge’s ruling yesterday halting the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research with a preliminary injunction pending a trial has left the scientific community stunned, and Congress wondering if any next steps are possible in an election year. The administration’s silence isn’t unexpected, but it’s more surprising that senators or members of Congress known to be supportive of stem cell research haven’t commented.

While U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth explicitly stated the government is barred from taking “any action whatsoever” in his ruling, several experts TPM contacted said it’s not clear if scientists will need to stop work already in progress or if they will just be restricted from obtaining any new funding.”

New Mexico GOP Candidates Are Global Warming Deniers

“Even though New Mexico is facing a future of perpetual drought, killer heat waves, water scarcity, and wildfires, the crop of Republican candidates for major office in the state are in denial about the threat of global warming pollution. Gubernatorial nominee Susana Martinez and all three congressional candidates — former representative Steve Pearce, oil engineer Tom Mullins, and corporate lobbyist Jon Barela — believe scientists are engaged in a conspiracy to destroy our economy”

Charles And David Koch Exposed For Insidious Role In Crafting The Modern Right

“This morning, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published an explosive investigative piece detailing the role of the Koch family in orchestrating not only the Tea Party movement, but much of the modern right-wing infrastructure. The brothers David and Charles Koch, heirs to the oil and chemical conglomerate Koch Industries, have founded or funded dozens of conservative or libertarian publications, think tanks, and attack groups. Their father, Fred Koch, similarly fueled the paranoid right-wing movements of the fifties and sixties through his financing of the John Birch Society. “

Rep. Jordan: If GOP wins the House, we won’t get anything done except frame the 2012 election.

“Last Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) held a town hall with his constituents in Shelby, Ohio, and fielded questions on a variety of topics ranging from health care to the economy. At one point, a constituent asked him about Republicans’ plans to throw “a monkey wrench in the gears of everything Obama does” if they re-take the House of Representatives. Jordan replied by saying that “most of what [the GOP] can get done” if they happen to capture the House is “have the big fight, have the big debate, and have the framework for the 2012 election”:

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Assuming it’s accurate that Republicans will get the House, how effective will that be in throwing a monkey wrench in the gears of everything Obama does?

JORDAN: If we win, what will we get done? Mostly, I’ll be honest, most of what we can get done is have the big fight, have the big debate, and have the framework for the 2012 election. “

Ex-House Leader DeLay heads to court on 2005 laundering charges

“After protracted delays, a 5-year-old criminal case against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will surge back into public view today, when he and two co-defendants appear in a pretrial hearing related to charges that they laundered corporate campaign contributions in the 2002 elections. The hearing on a series of pretrial motions may last three days and will set the stage for a trial on charges leveled in 2005, when the former Texas congressman was at the height of his political powers.”

More Immigrants Dying at Arizona’s Harshest Border Crossing

“Illegal immigration is down and Department of Homeland Security officials say the Arizona-Mexico border is more secure than ever. But many people still attempt to cross, and in Pima County, Ariz., the number that die doing so may reach record highs this year, the Los Angeles Times reported today.”

Why Is Chuck Hagel Endorsing Joe Sestak?

“Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will endorse Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) today in his Senate bid against former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Hagel told the Associated Press yesterday that Sestak, a fellow veteran, will put the interests of the nation ahead of his party:

“I think he’s exactly what our country needs more of. I think he’s what the Senate needs more of — courageous, independent thinking,” Hagel said. “That’s what the job is about. You are supposed to use your judgment.””

With Loss of COBRA Subsidy, Newly Unemployed Face Tripling of Insurance Costs

“In the first week of July, Andie Davis’ husband, who worked in manufacturing, lost his job, as hundreds of thousands of Michiganders have since the onset of the recession. Soon after, he started collecting unemployment insurance benefits that might last the family of four as long as 99 weeks. Davis hopes that the benefits will keep the family afloat — the mortgage paid, school lunches made, the electricity on — without forcing her to tap into the family’s savings.But to keep the family financially stable while both she and her husband look for work, she has decided to forgo health insurance. The Davis family looked at how much COBRA would cost them, thinking the government would help pay for it. Had her husband lost his job just six weeks earlier, Washington would have footed about two-thirds of the premium bill. But since Davis’ husband lost his job after May 31, the young couple is on their own”

In the Fields of Italy, a Conflict Over Corn

“An agronomist, defying the government, has planted genetically modified corn. Environmentalists have also taken matters into their own hands.”

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