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Will Rick Perry Defy International Law (Again)?

“It’s Rick Perry v The World. On Thursday the Texas Governor (and possible Republican presidential player) will face a stark choice: allow the execution of Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia, or listen to high-ranking international figures and grant a last-minute delay.”

Koch Industries Foreign Subsidiary Admits Making Illegal Donations

“A Luxembourg-based subsidiary of Koch Industries has admitted to making illegal campaign contributions to political candidates and committees.”

Shutdown cost will bring sticker shock

“Minnesota stands to lose millions of dollars in revenue and get saddled with millions more in new expenses for every week that the widespread shutdown of state government persists.

In both subtle and stark ways, the shutdown that began Friday will bring new financial pain to the state treasury. Closing many operations will save the state some money, but an array of revenue sources as diverse as the lottery and highway toll lanes have been cut off..”

Read More: BPI Campus covers The Minnesota Showdown

Saluting The Fourth

“Slide Show: The U.S. Military Celebrates Independence Day Abroad — Then And Now”

Read More: By The Numbers: Today’s Military

Sen. Joe Lieberman Predicts ‘Day Of Reckoning’ For Iran

“On Fox News Sunday, two of the Senate’s leading Iran hawks pressed the administration to do more on Iran and issued thinly-veiled threats to the Islamic Republic.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who has advocated for “retir(ing) our ambiguous mantra about all options remaining on the table” for Iran and made sure then-Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta has a plan for attacking, warned the Islamic Republic that a “day of reckoning” was ahead.”

Exxon Claims Spill Damage Limited, Gov. Doubtful

“Authorities struggled Sunday to gauge the environmental and crop damage from tens of thousands of gallons of oil that spilled into the legendary Yellowstone River, as Montana’s governor criticized Exxon Mobil for downplaying the possible scope of the disaster.”

Read More: Teams Gauge Yellowstone River Oil Spill

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Support for alternative energy subsidies thin among Kansas lawmakers

“With federal subsidies for ethanol, wind energy and other alternative energies targeted for possible cuts, many in Kansas’ congressional delegation say they won’t defend them.”

Spinal Product Controversy Raises Red Flags on Medical Journals’ Disclosure Policies

“Medical journals have long had to wrestle with the possibility that financial bias influences the work they publish, but if the growing controversy over Medtronic’s Infuse spinal product is any indication, they may not be doing enough.

That’s according to the Spine Journal, which this week published an entire issue focusing on the clinical research and literature around Infuse, a blockbuster bone-growth protein sold by Medtronic. According to the journal, the doctors engaged in industry-funded studies of Infuse downplayed its risks, and some had staggering financial ties to Medtronic that weren’t adequately disclosed in their published research.”

Gaddafi can stay in Libya if he quits: rebel chief

“BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is welcome to live out his retirement inside Libya as long as he gives up all power, Libya’s rebel chief said in the clearest concession the rebels have so far offered.”

French nuclear power plant explosion heightens safety fears

“Blast at EDF’s Tricastin power station in Drôme comes days after nuclear authorities found 32 safety concerns at plant”

Good News: Reading The Declaration Of Independence Aloud

“Twenty-three years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

It was 235 years ago this Monday that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence.”

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