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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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  • BP's Operating Officer: 'We've Been Going Flat Out'
    As BP continues to be criticized for the way it has responded to the Gulf oil spill, its chief operating officer is again making the case that the company is doing all it can. And, Doug Suttles tells NPR's Melissa Block, the entire oil industry and the government will learn valuable lessons from the disaster.
  • Small Businesses May Sink Under Drilling Hiatus
    Lawyers for the Obama administration and the oil industry will be back in court Thursday in New Orleans to argue whether a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling is legal. Companies that supply food or ferry people to the rigs could be hurt if drilling is suspended.
  • Russia Spy Suspects Transferred Amid Talk Of Swap
    Five suspects in the Russia spy case were hastily ordered to New York on Wednesday amid reports that the U.S. and Russia are arranging a spy swap.
  • Relationship Chills Between Teachers Unions, Obama
    Notably absent from both national teachers unions' annual meetings this week are President Obama and his education secretary. According to the head of one of the unions, if the administration does not rethink its policies, it will be on a collision course with teachers and their unions.
  • Rothenberg: With 4 Months To Go, House Could Turn, Senate Probably Not
    Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg, in an interview that will air tonight on "All Things Considered," says that Republican control of the House is possible, though premature.  Less likely, he says, is GOP control of the Senate.
  • Carole King, James Taylor: Together, 40 Years Later
    The two legendary songwriters recently reunited for the Troubadour Tour, named for the club in Los Angeles where they first performed together in 1970. They've also released a live album recorded at the Troubadour's 50th anniversary show, in 2007.
  • Nursing The Nation's Oldest Grapevine Back To Health
    The Mother Vine, considered the nation's oldest cultivated grapevine, is sick. In May, a contractor for the utility company Dominion Power sprayed the vine with a powerful herbicide. Melissa Block talks to John Wilson, whose family has been trying to nurse the Mother Vine back to health.
  • A King's Violin: From Italy To South Dakota
    One of the world's leading collections of musical instruments is found not in New York or Los Angeles, but in a small college town on the Great Plains. And now the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S.D., has added a priceless violin, made for French royalty in the 16th century, to its remarkable collection.
  • Expanding Exports To Stimulate The Economy
    President Obama is renewing his effort to double U.S. exports in the next five years. The initiative, which the president announced during his State of the Union address, is seen as a way to create jobs in the U.S. that aren't dependent on America's own overextended consumers.
  • A Look At This Year's Supreme Court Rulings
    The Supreme Court concluded its term last week. Fewer than 20 percent of cases this term were decided by a 5-4 ruling; about half of them were 9-0. Two of the more controversial opinions issued were on gun rights and campaign finance. Melissa Block talks to attorney Tom Goldstein, who has been analyzing the year's rulings on his popular SCOTUSblog. He says that it is not so simple to see this as a conservative activist court methodically on the march to the right.

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