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As if the situation in the Gulf wasn't bad enough already, we are now in hurricane season, and that means there's a decent chance that a tropical cyclone may complicate the cleanup efforts along the southern U.S. coast and disrupt effort to bring the blowout at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon under control.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are an average of 2.9 named storms and 1.4 hurricanes in the gulf each hurricane season; and 1.4 named storms and 0.5 hurricanes by the end of August. During a heavy season, as 2010 is expected to be, there can be many, many more. And historically, the site of the Deepwater Horizon well has been right in the heart of a hurricane corridor.

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President Barack Obama is once again postponing his trip to Indonesia and Australia, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced in a statement late last night.

Gibbs didn't offer a reason for the postponement of this month's trip. However, much of the administration's focus in recent weeks has been on the disastrous Gulf Coast oil spill -- the worst in U.S. history -- and Obama will visit the Gulf today for the third time since the spill.

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June 2, 2010: President Obama presents Sir Paul McCartney with the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the White House East Room.

Upon accepting his award, the former Beatle quipped: "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is."


McCartney serenades First Lady Michelle Obama with "Michelle."


The President and First Lady watch the performance in the audience.


McCartney also said that he chose "Michelle" because he wanted to be the first person ever "punched" by a president.

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In his remarks, Obama called McCartney "legendary" and "the most successful songwriter in history."



Comedian Jerry Seinfeld also attended the event. Full coverage of the event is here.


Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) declared his political career all but over yesterday, after getting crushed 62-38 in his state's Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday.

"I have no interest in running for political office again," Davis said, according to the Birmingham News. "The voters spoke in a very decisive way across every sector and in every section of the state. A candidate that fails across the board like that obviously needs to find something else productive to do with his life."

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Last Tuesday's Alabama Republican primary for governor is not resolved yet, with the race going to a runoff on July 13 -- and it's not even settled yet who will be in the runoff, either.

The first-place finisher was Bradley Byrne, the former chancellor of the state's two-year college system, with 28% of the vote. But it is not yet totally clear who came in second -- state Rep. Robert Bentley leads businessman Tim James by just 208 votes, with each at about 25% of the vote.

Bentley's campaign has already claimed victory of sorts, with a press release boasting that he made the runoff. But James is not giving up. Earlier today, James publicly asked voters who had to cast provisional ballots to make sure their vote would be counted, by taking a driver's license or other identification to their county elections office by the deadline at 5 p.m. CT tomorrow. "There are an estimated 1,000 ballots that have yet to be counted," James said. "This race is still not settled."

One of the defeated GOP primary candidates from Tuesday didn't take her loss very well.

Angela McGlowan, a Fox News commentator who sought the Republican nomination to run against Blue Dog Democratic Rep. Travis Childers in Mississippi's First District, came in a very distant third place. State Sen. Alan Nunnelee won with 52%, avoiding a runoff, followed by former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross at 33% and McGlowan with 15%.

The Tupelo Daily Journal reported primary night that McGlowan had this to say about Nunnelee: "Right now it looks like Alan is going to take the nomination. I will vote for Alan, but I will not endorse him, because he's a RINO Republican, and he has raised folks' taxes, and I think he would run amok in Washington, D.C., the same as any other incumbent politician." McGlowan's campaign office has not returned our request for comment, to see if she stands by that statement.

Late Update: This post has been edited from the original.

In an interview taped yesterday, President Barack Obama told Larry King that he's "furious" about the Gulf Coast oil spill.

"I am furious at this entire situation," he said. "Somebody didn't think through the consequences of their actions and it is imperiling not just a handful of people. This is imperiling an entire way of life and an entire region for potentially years."

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