The Wire: June 28, 2010

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    Feds burn 'deep cover' Russian spy network

    Federal authorities arrested 10 people suspected of carrying out long-term “deep-cover” assignments in the U.S. for Russia that involved integrating into American society as married couples, infiltrating “policy-making circles” in Washington, and recruiting government and business sources.

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    Drug study links Avandia to heart problems, strokes

    Just weeks before the Food and Drug Administration was to hold a hearing on the diabetes drug Avandia, a study of its health risks in older adults said the drug increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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    Netherlands tops Slovakia to advance

    Impressive as Arjen Robben and his Dutch teammates were in advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals, they seek much more.

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    Briefly

    Peruvian Finance Minister Mercedes Araoz told local media Monday that she is considering running for president next year, in a candidacy that likely would benefit from the country’s booming economic growth.

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    This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, June 28, 2010, at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows clouds over the Yucatan Peninsula associated with Tropical Storm Alex as it begins to move into the Bay of Campeche. The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane by Tuesday. The most current forecast track takes the storm well west of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and into northeastern Mexico late Wednesday or early Thursday. A line of clouds from the Southern Plains through New England is associated with a front that is producing areas of heavy rain and strong thunderstorms. This activity will continue through much of Monday. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

    BP denies CEO resigning; spill costs up to $2.65B

    BP’s mounting costs for capping and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico spill have reached $2.65 billion, the oil giant said Monday, but the company denied reports out of Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning.

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    Americans spend more in May, see incomes rise

    Spending among Americans increased in May, though not enough to speed the country along the road to economic recovery.

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    World Scene

    Longtime rivals China and Taiwan were set to sign a broad trade pact Tuesday to draw their economies closer, which Beijing hopes could lead to a political accommodation six decades after they split amid civil war.

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    Vatican admonishes Austrian cardinal for comments

    The Vatican harped on a leading cardinal who publicly criticized the former Vatican No. 2 for his handling of clerical abuse cases, saying only the pope can do so.

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    U.S. soccer president voices disappointment

    U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said the American team failed to meet expectations. The future of the team’s coach, Bob Bradley, is possibly in jeopardy.

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    Manchin out of the running to replace Byrd

    West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said Monday morning he will not appoint himself to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who died this morning.

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    BACON: Obama's big fat nothing

    The financial media put a positive spin on a joint statement Sunday by the wealthiest members of the Group of 20 countries that they would halve their deficits by 2013 and stabilize their debt burdens by 2016.

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    BLANKLEY: Stay out of the mainstream

    There seems to be one thing on which everyone can agree. From archconservative pundits to archliberal White House staffers responsible for Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, all agree that the test is whether she is in the “mainstream of current legal thought.”

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    TUBBS: Put nominee on the Stevens hot seat

    Even the most hopeful conservatives should not expect Senate Republicans to derail President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Ms. Kagan’s credentials are impressive, she has a modest “paper trail,” and the Democrats still have a sizable majority in the Senate.

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    SHEFFIELD: CNN puts the moves on cable TV

    This just in: Normally reputable CNN has succumbed to ratings pressures and will join the ranks of sensationalistic media outlets that will do anything for attention.

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    The end of the paradise called Obamaland

    The presidential troubles detailed by Mark Steyn (“The epitome of mediocrity,” Commentary, June 21) are mostly of the president’s own making. Mr. Obama has fashioned a unique habitat - let’s call it Obamaland, where fables pass as facts. So in the perpetual fog that envelops Obamaland - a fog caused by hot, liberal blather colliding with cold reality - the government is good, bureaucracy is beneficent and man is perfectible if only the unwashed would stop caviling and step aside. In this world of make-believe where a new species of president - homo Obamans - reigns, post-partisan and transparent to his core, political calculations and blame deflection will be things of the past, except when they’re not. In this new world, strong words meant to show the president manning up are not camouflage for slack action, except when they are.

  • 12:00 a.m.

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    The substitute for strategy in Afghan war

    Many years ago, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a West Point graduate, advised, “There is no substitute for victory.” For decades, West Point cadets have memorized his advice. In December 2007, President Obama brought change to West Point and offered the cadets a substitute for victory. Mr. Obama failed to define victory and set a withdrawal deadline for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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    EDITORIAL: Obama's muddled Afghan obsession

    Confusion reigns over the administration’s Afghanistan policy, particularly regarding the timetable for withdrawal of American forces. “There has been a lot of obsession” about the issue, President Obama explained over the weekend. If people are preoccupied with the topic, the president only has himself to blame.

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    Three Va. residents accused of being secret agents

    Ten people, including three from Virginia, have been arrested for allegedly serving as secret agents of the Russian government with the goal of penetrating U.S. government policymaking circles.

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    WETZSTEIN: 'Helping hands' site aids families

    A free website called www.lotsahelpinghands.com is enabling tens of thousands of families in distress to create private communities of friends and family members to assist them with their needs.

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    527 group helps GOP catch up in money race

    In a campaign season of anti-establishment ferment, some of the Republican Party’s best-known insiders are building an ambitious fundraising machine for the fall elections and beyond.

  • 12:00 a.m.

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    Inside the Beltway

    Though the American public may not be glued to the play-by-play, the Republican National Committee is keen on the much-ballyhooed confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

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    U.S. wary of Pakistan as power broker in Kabul

    U.S. officials and a former Afghan foreign minister are expressing skepticism over Pakistan-brokered talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and al Qaeda-affiliated groups, saying Islamabad appears to be trying to install its proxies in a future government in Kabul.

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    Armstrong tweets this year's Tour is last one

    Lance Armstrong has posted on his Twitter page this year’s Tour de France will be his last.

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    Political Scene

    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was forced out last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, has told the Army that he will retire.

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    GOP cuts pork from spending diet plan

    The first spending bill to begin moving through Congress since House Republicans pledged to forgo earmarks shows the vow is working: The bill contains nearly 50 percent less in pork-barrel spending than last year’s version.

  • 12:00 a.m.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Carbon can be a productive industry tool

    Anthony J. Sadar does not address two fundamental reasons for climate “climate change”: natural and human (“Solutions galore that ignore the poor,” Commentary, June 24).

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fighting Kagan's nomination is a fool's errand

    I am disappointed to learn that some United States Senate Republicans are planning an active fight against the confirmation of associate justice of the Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

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    Rival Hamas, UN summer camps compete over children

    The United Nation holds camps to help shield Gaza’s children against the lure of militancy.

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    Mexican gubernatorial candidate assassinated

    The front-running candidate for governor in the violence-racked border state of Tamaulipas was assassinated Monday, the first killing of a Mexican gubernatorial candidate in recent memory.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nuclear reactors ready for global power

    The superpower entrepreneurial spirit embodied by Bill Gates is a welcome addition to the world of nuclear energy (“From Microsoft to micronuclear,” editorials, April 6).

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    Court: Christian group can't bar gays, get funding

    An ideologically split Supreme Court ruled Monday that a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won’t let gays join.

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    Emotional end for 'As the World Turns' on Emmys

    The end of 53-year-old “As the World Turns” was made happier by success at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Gulf needs engineers, not lawyers

    Where are the engineering societies when we need them? Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (a lawyer) asked engineers for advice on the Gulf oil spill and then proceeded to ignore that advice. Now the administration has set up a commission to investigate the event.

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    Planned Parenthood challenges Neb. abortion law

    Planned Parenthood announced Monday that it has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Nebraska law necessitating health screening for women seeking abortion.

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    Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death

    Cancer patients are receiving more treatment and living longer, but some wonder if it’s worth it.

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    Burundi explosions lead to low election turnout

    Ten grenade attacks, including a blast near the European Union election observer office, have suppressed voter turnout in the tiny East African nation of Burundi Monday as the country voted for president in a contest with only one candidate.

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    Embassy Row

    Nine months after caving in to Russian demands to scrap a U.S. missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, President Obama is proposing to cooperate with Moscow on a global missile defense, according to the U.S. ambassador to Russia.

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    Suspect in Va slayings pleads to firearms charge

    A suspect in the slayings of three neighbors in southwest Virginia pleaded guilty to firearms and distribution charges.

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    Biden touts stimulus in speech at GE plant

    To a group of factory worrkers at a GE facility, Vice President Joe Biden took a swipe at government critics Monday and credited the federal stimulus program with helping jump start the economy.

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    Flotilla of barges used as La. oil barricade

    Anything and everything is being used to block oil from further infesting waters. Government officials are considering using a flotilla of barges to do the job.

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    US Sen. Lautenberg of NJ says he's cancer-free

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg, now the Senate’s oldest member at age 86, says he is cancer-free.

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    Kagan pledges deference to Congress

    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan pledged Monday to be properly deferential to Congress if confirmed as a justice and to strive to “consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law.”

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    Court strikes down part of anti-fraud law

    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of the anti-fraud law enacted in response to the Enron and other corporate scandals from the early 2000s, but said its decision has limited consequences.

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    Divisions on display as Kagan confirmation hearings begin

    Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Monday appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first of several scheduled days of testimony, as Democrats called her an independent moderate while Republicans portrayed her as liberal ideologue.

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    Hezbollah: Israel policy prevents talks

    A senior Hezbollah leader in Lebanon has flatly rejected the idea of talking to Washington unless it revamps its Middle East policy, which his group says unfairly favors Israel.

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    Serena avenges 2004 loss, bests Sharapova

    Defending champion Serena Williams overcame Maria Sharapova 7-6 (9), 6-4 on Monday to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals and avenge her loss to the Russian in the 2004 final.

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    Capriati recovering from 'accidental' overdose

    Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati was recovering Monday from an accidental overdose of prescribed medication, a family spokeswoman said.

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    Government plans to double wireless spectrum

    The Obama administration has plans to nearly double the available amount of wireless communications spectrum in the next 10 years.

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    Cheney leaves hospital after treatment

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been discharged from the hospital after his latest bout with heart-related trouble.

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    Metro crash victims eligible for insurance payout

    Metro officials say families of the nine people who died in last year’s crash are eligible for a $50,000 insurance benefit.

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