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The Gulf oil slick reached Alabama's inland waterways today as President Obama said it's time to update laws and regulations. Does his moratorium on deep-water exploration threaten the local economy as much as the spill? What are the trade-offs? Also, another long, hard slog, this time in Afghanistan, and an unknown candidate who didn't campaign or spend money is South Carolina's Democratic nominee for the US Senate.  How did he get there?  What is he planning now?

Banner image: A local grocery store in Gulf Shores, Alabama offers customers an opportunity to donate to wildlife cleanup and rescue efforts by purchasing a cleanup kit on June 9, 2010.

Making News Another Long, Hard Slog, This Time in Afghanistan 7 MIN, 42 SEC

Britain's new Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan today, calling this "a vital year" for the campaign against the Taliban. Meantime in Brussels, the US Commander, General Stanley McChrystal, said the effort to secure Kandahar is taking longer than had been expected. Craig Whitlock was there for the Washington Post.

Craig Whitlock, Washington Post (@CraigMWhitlock)

Main Topic The Oil Spill and the Oil Economy 38 MIN, 12 SEC

President Obama today called the response to the Gulf oil spill the biggest thing of its kind in American history. But what about advance preparation? The Associated Press has found that BP’s disaster plan for the Deepwater Horizon rig was approved last year despite stunning errors, omissions and miscalculations. At the same time, there’s concern over what the President’s moratorium on deep-water exploration will mean to the Gulf Coast economy. Given the oil industry’s power and importance, what are the chances that new laws and regulations will be approved and implemented?  

Ben Raines, Environmental Reporter, Mobile Press-Register
Edward Overton, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University
Kenneth Beer, Chief Financial Officer, Stone Energy Corporation
Gene Green, Congressman (D-TX)
Doug Kysar, Professor of Law, Yale University Law School

Reporter's Notebook How Did Alvin Do It? 4 MIN, 57 SEC

In Tuesday's primary, South Carolina Democrats nominated a candidate for the US Senate who did no campaigning and spent no money apart from the $10,400 filing fee.  Alvin Greene, a 32-year-old African-American military veteran who's unemployed and facing a felony obscenity charge, defeated a four-term former state legislator. He's declined a request from the state's Democratic Party to withdraw from the race against Republican US Senator Jim DeMint. Cord Jefferson of TheRoot.com, interviewed the surprise winner.

Cord Jefferson, Staff Writer, TheRoot.com

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