Drug Violence, Illegal Immigration and the President of Mexico
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Brown oozed has begun to show in marsh grass on the coast of Louisiana, and part of the oil slick has entered the “loop current,” which could take it around Florida and up the East Coast. Felipe Calderon got a standing ovation today from a joint session of Congress when he pledged to continue his all out war against violent drug cartels, however critics say his actions could be counterproductive. Also, another major art theft in Europe.
Banner Image: WASHINGTON - MAY 20: Mexican President Felipe Calderon (L) addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on the floor of the House House of Representatives with Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Captiol May 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. Calderon met with President Barack Obama at the White House Wednesday where the two leaders discussed the ongoing drug war along the U.S.-Mexico border and the recent anti-illegal immigration law passed in Arizona. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Oil Reaches the LA Coast and the EPA Demands BP Stop Dispersant Use ()
Brown oozed has begun to show in marsh grass on the coast of Louisiana, and part of the oil slick has entered the “loop current,” which could take it around Florida and up the East Coast. In the meantime, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that BP sent a crucial testing team home several hours before the oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused an under-sea gusher exactly a month ago.
- David Hammer: Staff writer for the Times-Picayune
Calderon Addresses a Joint Session of Congress ()
Felipe Calderon got a standing ovation today from a joint session of Congress when he pledged to continue his all out war against violent drug cartels. Reaction was mixed when he attacked Arizona’s new immigration law and asked for the US ban on assault weapons to be reinstated. But despite today’s rare Capitol Hill appearance and last night’s White-House state dinner, critics say Calderon’s actions could be counterproductive. What about poverty, widespread corruption, and recent charges of favoritism for one drug cartel over others? Does his all-out war on drug cartels make for less violence—or more? What’s the impact on illegal immigration?
A French Whodunit: Precious Works Stolen from the Paris Modern Art Museum ()
Paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Modigliani have been stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. How did it happen? What are the chances of getting them back? Officials at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris reported a sawn-off padlock this morning and surveillance cameras recorded somebody entering through a broken window. Reporters saw police leaving the museum with empty picture frames.
- Craig Copetas: Senior Writer, Bloomberg News Paris
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