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McCain to oppose Kagan nomination

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said he plans to vote against confirming Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

He is the latest in the GOP to oppose President Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Mr. McCain said Ms. Kagan is unlikely to exercise judicial restraint, based on her decision as dean of Harvard Law School to bar military recruiters from the campus career services office because of the ban on openly gay troops.

Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm Ms. Kagan. No Republican has announced plans to back her.

Mr. McCain is outlining his opposition in an opinion article to be published in Thursday’s editions of USA Today.


Obama says goal for exports on track

President Obama said his administration is on track to fulfill his promise to double U.S. exports over the next five years, with a 17 percent increase over the first four months of this year.

Speaking Wednesday at the White House on exports to government and corporate officials, Mr. Obama said his administration is “bringing to bear the full resources of the United States government.” He declared that “our efforts are off to a solid start,” according to prepared remarks.

He touted dozens of trade missions abroad, increased access to financing for small and medium-size businesses, efforts to remove barriers and open new markets, and improve fairness in trade.


Chu spends free time advancing science

Some people relax by doing crossword puzzles. Not U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He relaxes by tackling a scientific conundrum and stretching the limits of technology.

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