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As oil coats Gulf Coast, BP tries another risky move

As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP’s stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the spill. The stakes couldn’t be higher. After six weeks of failures to block the well or divert the oil, the latest mission involved using a set of tools akin to an oversized deli slicer and garden shears to break away the broken riser pipe so engineers can then position a cap over the
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Al, Tipper Gore calling it quits after 40 years of marriage

Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage that included a White House run when their sunny relationship offered a counterpoint to President Bill Clinton’s philandering. According to an e-mail circulated among the couple’s associates on Tuesday, the Gores said it was “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.” Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed the statement came from the Gores, but declined to comment further. The Gores were telling friends they “grew apart” after 40 years of marriage and there
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Another Senate candidate lies about military record

Another politician running for the Senate has lied for years about his military record. Republican Mark Kirk, running for President Barack Obama’s old Senate set in Illinois, claimed for years that he won the U.S. Navy’s intelligence officer of the year while serving in the reserves. But Kirk never won the award. His unit won an award but not him personally. Kirk’s lie comes in the wake of revelations that Democratic Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam when his military service consisted primarily of working Toys for Tots drives in Washington. Amazingly, some vets seem willing
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Attempt to cap oil leak fails: Now what?

Yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers, containment devices and longshot odds is being prepared to fight the uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Six weeks after the catastrophe began, oil giant BP PLC is still casting about for a way to slow down the spewing, blown-out well underneath the Gulf of Mexico that’s fouling beaches, wildlife and marshland. A relief well being drilled that’s considered the most reliable solution is at least two months away. President Barack Obama on Saturday called the latest failure to stop the mess “as enraging as it is heartbreaking.”
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Debt adds to pressure of stressed-out Americans

The economy trudges ahead yet debt dogs many Americans, stressing them out even as they firm up their own financial foundations. There are new jobs produced but old worries persisting for people despite belt-tightening and boosted savings, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. About 46 percent of those surveyed say they’re suffering from debt-related stress, and half of that group described their stress as “great deal” or “quite a bit.” On the other hand, about 53 percent say they feel little or no stress at all. That’s in line with findings from last year, even though times seem better today:
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Blumental”s lackluster apology for Vietnam service lies

Democratic Senatorial candidate and serial liar Richard Blumenthal is finally apologizing — sort of — for lying about serving his country in Vietnam. He says he “regrets” what his calls “misspeaking” about his military service. He says he made mistakes and is sorry for them. Critics say his only real sorrow is in getting caught lying about serving in Vietnam and other untrue claims, including a published report that he served as captain of the Harvard Swim Team when he — in fact — was never even a member of the team. Few think he tepid apology will satisfy critics.
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Rand Paul runs and hides from ‘Meet the Press’

Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate Rand Paul, the shoot-from-the-lip embarrassment for the GOP, decided the heat was too great from recent off-the-wall comments and skipped a scheduled appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. Paul joined black activist Louis Farrakham and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the guests WHO pulled out of an appearance on the top rated Sunday morning news show. After upsetting the GOP establishment with his win in the GOP Senatorial primary last week, Paul stuck his foot in his mouth and swallowed it with a serious of political statements ranging from supporting a restaurant’s right to
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Rand Paul’s inbred racism

Looks like Kentucky Republican Senatorial candidate and Tea Party darling Rand Paul inherited his father’s defense of racism in certain cases. The younger Paul has said before that he believes restaurants and other private businesses should be allowed to discriminate against minorities if they want while claiming he supports civil rights in “institutional situations.” Texas Congressman Ron Paul has often come under fire for past writings with racist overtones attributed to him that he now claims he didn’t write or authorize. But his son isn’t backing away from past statements that he believes business should be allowed to do just
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The old health care bill bait and switch

Zach Hoffman was confident his small business would qualify for a new tax cut in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. But when he ran the numbers, Hoffman discovered that his office furniture company wouldn’t get any assistance with the $79,200 it pays annually in premiums for its 24 employees. “It leaves you with this feeling of a bait-and-switch,” he said. When the administration unveiled the small business tax credit earlier this week, officials touted its “broad eligibility” for companies with fewer than 25 workers and average annual wages under $50,000 that provide health coverage. Hoffman’s workers earn an
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Senate frontrunner lied about serving in Vietnam

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the acknowledged front runner for the Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd, lied repeatedly about serving in Vietnam. Blumenthal, a Democrat, not only never served in combat, he sought multiple deferments to avoid military service and — when those deferments ran out — used political connections to land a coveted spot in a Marine reserve unit that ran Toys for Tots drives and other ceremonial activities in Washington — assuring he would never serve in a war zone. “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Blumenthal told a
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