The Gulf Oil Spill and the Long-Term Recovery
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The Gulf Oil Spill and the Long-Term Recovery

BP may finally "kill" the oil well this week, but there’s dispute about its strategy for long-term cleanup. Has the Gulf been a dumping ground for American industry? How are Gulf residents coping with two major disasters in five years? Also, President Obama on his promise to end the war in Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates wants to know what BlackBerry users are saying in their emails.  Will there be a ban from the country or a compromise?

Banner image: Thick oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill floats on the surface of the water and coats the marsh wetlands in Bay Jimmy near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, June 11, 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

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Obama Says Combat Mission in Iraq is Ending ()

President Obama told an audience of disabled veterans today that he's increased veterans' benefits and made them easier to obtain. He also emphasized a political message about his campaign promise to end the war in Iraq, that of a "transition to full Iraqi responsibility" by August 31, 2010, "as promised and on schedule." Gordon Lubold is a reporter for Politico.

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The Gulf Oil Spill and the Long-Term Recovery ()

The cap on BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been holding, but that's only temporary. After more than three months, preparations are finally underway for finally sealing it once and for all. The worst oil spill in US history might be doing less damage than first estimated, or it could be a whole lot worse. BP has begun what new CEO Bob Dudley calls a "scale-back," removing skimmers and reducing hazmat crews. But critics say it might be too soon. They're worried about underwater oil pools that could still wash ashore, even after the gusher is finally sealed. The worst damage has resulted from using the Gulf as an industrial dumping ground. Meantime, what about the psychological toll of constant crisis? We hear more about the spill, including the way it's created a "corrosive community."

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BlackBerry Smart Phones and the Clash of Cultures ()

Facebook was banned in Pakistan; Google moved from China to Hong Kong. Now BlackBerry smart phones may be kicked out of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Manufacturer Research in Motion encrypts BlackBerry e-mails from its base of operations in Canada, but the UAE wants software modifications to help it intercept communication. Joseph Menn is technology correspondent for the Financial Times.

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