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Jul 3, 2011

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Green power comes to Canberra | The Australian Capital Circle

Capital Circle Newsletter
Green power comes to Canberra
 
As 12 new Senators take their seats today, the balance of power has shifted in Canberra.

The PM's day: Julia Gillard is in Canberra and will attend parliament. Look for the PM to hold a press conference later today. She'll attend cabinet this evening.
Tony Abbott is in Canberra for the parliamentary sitting day.
It will be hard to wipe the smile off Bob Brown's face today, as four new Greens senators lift his party's representation to a new high, handing it sole balance-of-power status in the nation's house of review. Practically, this could make life easier for Julia Gillard, leaving her with only one minor party to negotiate with. But the risk for Labor is the Greens will drag the legislative outcomes towards the left, leaving the party exposed on the right - playing into Tony Abbott's hands.
The 12 new Senators will be sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce this morning. The President and Deputy President of the Senate will then be elected. The new Senators are Richard Di Natale (Greens), Sean Edwards (Liberal), David Fawcett (Liberal), Alex Gallacher (Labor), John Madigan (DLP), Bridget McKenzie (Nationals), Lee Rhiannon (Greens), Lisa Singh (Labor), Matt Thistlethwaite (Labor), Anne Urquhart (Labor), Larissa Waters (Greens) and Penny Wright (Greens). The Senate chamber now looks like this (graphic). And Senator boot-camp begins next week (report).
Top of the papers: The Age reports the Gillard government has made an extraordinary intervention in an official tender process to stop Rupert Murdoch's part-owned Sky News Australia winning a $223 million contract to broadcast Australia's overseas television service.
The Reserve Bank of Australia
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Peter Brent
Peter Brent
 
State by state whack in the polls
If it were possible to excise New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia from the country for federal election purposes, the Gillard government would be...
 
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No next round for Foster's | The Australian Business Briefing



No next round for Foster's
Graham Mackay, chief executive of SABMiller Tim Boreham RENEWED doubts have emerged about the ability of Foster's Group suitor SABMiller to launch a higher formal offer.
 
Bankruptcy protection needed
Rodney Adler Sarah-Jane Tasker THE near collapse of property group Centro highlights the need for Australia to follow the US and protect companies from creditors.
 
Room for Masters and Bunnings
Woolies new Masters logo Blair Speedy WOOLWORTHS' soon-to-open hardware chain, Masters, is unlikely to have an impact on leader Bunnings in the short term.
 
Kingsrose discovers gold lining
john morris Matt Chambers FOR some, the Bre-X gold fraud scandal of the 1990s wasn't all bad.
 
Karoon gets nod for Browse
Karoon Gas John Durie, Sarah-Jane Tasker KAROON Gas is expected to announce today that the federal government has approved drilling at its Browse Basin project.
 
Endangered Tiger goes to ground
110704 Tiger Airways Steve Creedy, Aviation writer WITH its wings clipped, can the airline recover?
 
Analysis reveals CEO pay
Nicole Hollows Tim Boreham TELSTRA'S David Thodeyn is among a few ASX100 chief executives with a strong case for a pay rise, according to a study.
 
BHP eyes second share buyback
BHP Billiton Sarah-Jane Tasker BHP Billiton could be set to announce another share buyback, after the successful completion of its $US10bn capital program.
 
Financial Markets
Rates to stay put for now
RBA Sarah-Jane Tasker THE Reserve Bank is expected to hold interest rates steady when it meets tomorrow but a hike is tipped next month.
 
No next round for Foster's
Kingsrose discovers gold lining
 
Financial Markets Coverage
 
Mining & Energy
Karoon gets nod for Browse
Karoon Gas John Durie, Sarah-Jane Tasker KAROON Gas is expected to announce today that the federal government has approved drilling at its Browse Basin project.
 
BHP eyes second share buyback
US miner's $55m Beetaloo bid
 
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Exxon pipeline spills oil into Yellowstone River in Montana, prompts evacuations: The Washington Post Today's Headlines | Business

The Washington Post
TODAY'S HEADLINES
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
U.S. turns to costlier war supply lines
Pentagon plans new means to bypass Pakistan in case it decides to sever routes through its borders.
(By Craig Whitlock)

Reports: Accuser spoke of Strauss-Kahn’s wealth
Sexual-assault case against former IMF chief continues to unravel.
(By Peter Finn and Jenna Johnson)

United States open to troop extension in Iraq
The United States remains open to a troop extension in Iraq but will need better security, its envoy said.
(By Ed O’Keefe)

Will Rick Perry run for president?
The Texas legislative session over, Gov. Rick Perry now turns his attention to a White House bid.
(By Karen Tumulty)

Kvitova upsets Sharapova in final
Petra Kvitova topples heavy favorite Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4, with unlikely poise in the Wimbledon final to capture her first Grand Slam.
(By Liz Clarke)

POLITICS
US Rep. McCotter officially announces White House run at Michigan Independence Day event
WHITMORE LAKE, Mich. — Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter has officially announced he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Liberal worry over Justice Ginsburg's tenure: Fate could hand high court seat to conservative
WASHINGTON — Democrats and liberals have a nightmare vision of the Supreme Court’s future: President Barack Obama is defeated for re-election next year and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 78 the oldest justice, soon finds her health will not allow her to continue on the bench.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

McCotter launches longshot 2012 bid
Thaddeus McCotter, a Michigan congressman with an independent streak, formally entered the 2012 race.
( Reuters , The Washington Post)

Virginia primaries raise the stakes
For the Northern Virginia primaries on Aug. 23, the 21-candidate field is made up of many familiar faces.
( by Anita Kumar , The Washington Post)

NORAD intercepts small plane near Camp David, where President Obama, family spending holiday
WASHINGTON — A two-seat plane had to be escorted to the ground by an F-15 fighter after straying into a restricted zone around Camp David in Maryland. President Barack Obama is spending most of the Fourth of July weekend with his family there.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


STYLE
West sees bikini-clad skiers as lingering snow, balmy climes make for unusual Fourth of July
As the Fourth of July weekend kicks off, people across the West are donning shorts, bikini tops and Hawaiian shirts — and then they’re hitting the slopes.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Miss Manners: For Americans, no bowing allowed
We Americans fought a revolution against the British crown. We won. Therefore, we do not prostrate ourselves before someone who is not our sovereign.
(, Universal Press)

Ask Amy: Bride’s family puts the squeeze on RSVPs
The bride’s family has gladly ponied up for a lovely wedding and reception. But the groom’s family is taking liberties with the guest list. How can they handle a significant number of uninvited guests?
(, Tribune Media Service)

Ever the aunt, never the godmom
It’s the baptism of her seventh nephew and once again she’s not asked to be godparent. Is there a snub here?
( by Carolyn Hax , The Washington Post)

The Navigator: Risks of summer travel to Europe
The Navigator assesses the risks and rewards of traveling to Europe this summer.
( by Christopher Elliott , The Washington Post)


SPORTS
Saturday's Baseball Capsules
SEATTLE — San Diego’s Cameron Maybin walked after just three balls were thrown by Seattle’s Doug Fister and came around to score the only run of the game on Alberto Gonzalez’s fifth-inning single, sending the Padres past the Mariners 1-0 on Saturday night.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Sporting KC keeps rolling, runs undefeated streak to 8 MLS games in 2-1 win over Timbers
PORTLAND, Ore. — C.J. Sapong and Aurelien Collin scored first-half goals and Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to eight MLS games Saturday night in a 2-1 win over Portland.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Doug Fister's hard-luck season continues as Seattle falls 1-0 to San Diego
SEATTLE — Doug Fister found himself trying to explain a fourth straight loss that had more to do with Seattle’s absent offense when he’s on the mound than a mistake made by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi that no one caught.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Kershaw gives up season-high 7 runs in rematch with Weaver, Angels beat Dodgers 7-1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Just six days after Clayton Kershaw outlasted Jered Weaver in a marquee pitcher’s duel, the major league strikeout leader was no match for the pitcher with the AL’s best ERA in a one-sided rematch.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

MLS Capsules
CARSON, Calif — The Chicago Fire took their unbeaten streak to eight MLS games with a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA on Saturday night.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


WORLD
In Kabul, Taliban videos hold allure
Clips that glorify Taliban attacks on U.S. forces are the latest craze among young Afghans.
( by Pamela Constable , The Washington Post)

AP Exclusive: Veterans outraged US ignores military graves in Philippines
CLARK, Philippines — Walking along the rows of tombstones here offers a glimpse of the wars America has fought and the men and women who waged them. But most of the grave markers have been half-buried for 20 years, and there is little hope that the volcanic ash obscuring names, dates and epitaphs will be cleared any time soon.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Kidnappers have taken Swiss tourists to Pakistani tribal area, official says
QUETTA, Pakistan — A senior government official says kidnappers who snatched two Swiss tourists from Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province have taken them to a neighboring tribal area that was once a Taliban stronghold.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

5 SKoreans jump into river in apparent group suicide attempt; 1 rescued
SEOUL, South Korea — Four South Koreans were missing and one was hospitalized Sunday after they jumped into a rain-swollen river in an apparent group suicide attempt first conceived online, police said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

5 years after coup, Thai exit polls indicate landslide win for ousted PM Thaksin's proxy party
BANGKOK — The opposition party allied to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was poised for landslide victory Sunday in fractious Thailand’s elections, easily garnering the majority needed to form a new government, according to two respected exit polls.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Outlook: What's the right price for oil?
In his recent Outlook piece, "The unpredictable forces behind oil prices," Post energy reporter Steven Mufson explained the forces behind the oil market chaos.
(, vForum)

Ask Boswell
Sports Columnist Tom Boswell will take your questions about baseball, the Redskins, the Wizards and more.
(, vForum)

Eric Prisbell on Maryland coach Mark Turgeon
Washington Post college basketball writer Eric Prisbell takes your questions on Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon and other college basketball news and issues.
(, vForum)

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield's ethical take on the news (Video)
Join Rabbi Brad Hirschfield as he talks about the ethical and moral issues raised by the week's biggest stories.
(, vForum)

D.C.'s biggest stories: Lunchline's Clinton Yates breaks them down (video)
Clinton Yates a news junkie and pop culture fanatic who scours The Washington Post and its partner sites every weekday to find the gems that you want to read but don't have time to search for.
(, vForum)


TECHNOLOGY
Google’s “Pi” In The Face

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

When Google Circles Collide

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

The Phoenix And The Dragon

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Gillmor Gang 7.2.11 (TCTV)

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Milestones in 30-year shuttle program
NASA’s space shuttle flights began three decades ago with Columbia and will end this month with the final voyage of Atlantis and the retirement of the fleet. Between, there were triumphs and tragedies. Some of the milestones of the shuttle era:
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


BUSINESS
Exxon pipeline spills oil into Yellowstone River in Montana, prompts evacuations
LAUREL, Mont. — Hundreds of barrels of crude oil spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River after an ExxonMobil pipeline beneath the riverbed ruptured, sending a plume 25 miles downstream and forcing temporary evacuations, officials said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Exxon pipeline spills oil into Yellowstone River in Montana, prompts evacuations
LAUREL, Mont. — An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Montana ruptured Saturday and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Bangladeshis hold 6-hour general strike to protest government's gas deal with ConocoPhillips
DHAKA, Bangladesh — A citizens’ group on Sunday enforced a six-hour general strike in Bangladesh’s capital, partially disrupting businesses and transportation, to demand that the government cancel a gas exploration deal with U.S. energy giant ConocoPhillips.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Google’s “Pi” In The Face

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

When Google Circles Collide

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

NYT Today's Headllines: Big Banks Easing Terms on Loans Deemed as Risks



TOP NEWS

Big Banks Easing Terms on Loans Deemed as Risks

By DAVID STREITFELD
Two of the nation's biggest lenders are quietly modifying loans for tens of thousands of borrowers who have not asked for help but whom the banks deem to be at special risk.

Strauss-Kahn Case Adds to Doubts on Prosecutor

By ALAN FEUER, JOHN ELIGON and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
Criticism of District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has grown as the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund leader, has crumbled.

Budget Needs Let Fireworks Fly Lawfully

By ANDREW MARTIN
As elected officials try to cash in on fireworks sales in cities and counties where they have long been banned, consumers will find it easier to buy fireworks.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"I think that reasonable people can disagree about issues of the Second Amendment and gun control and things like that, but I don't believe that any reasonable person believes that a mentally ill person needs a firearm."
Mike Fleenor, commonwealth's attorney, in Pulaski County, Va.

Travel

Interactive Feature: A Wine Tour of Collio, by Vespa

Ingrid K. Williams and her husband set out on a tour of the Collio wine region of northeastern Italy. Their vehicle? That most Italian of scooters, a Vespa.
Opinion
How Games Steer Us Through Life
Opinionator

How Games Steer Us Through Life

A digital distraction keeps a child balanced between boredom and frustration - but it has its limits.
WORLD

Taking Lead, Iraqis Hope U.S. Special Operations Commandos Stay

By TIM ARANGO
Members of Iraq's well-trained special operations force say that American troops must stay longer to continue training and advising.

Hezbollah Rejects Charges Over '05 Killing of Hariri

By NADA BAKRI
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, vowed that four members of his group indicted in the assassination of Rafik Hariri, a former Lebanese prime minister, would never be arrested.

Syrian President Fires Governor in Charge of a Restive City

By ANTHONY SHADID
The move seemed to be aimed at appeasing the protesters in Hama, where demonstrations have grown.
U.S.

Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back

By MICHAEL LUO
Across the country, states are increasingly allowing people who lost their firearm rights because of mental health issues to appeal to have them restored.
Reporter's Notebook

Closing a State? The Rules Are Tricky

By MONICA DAVEY
Minnesota was in Day 2 of a shutdown, and residents were left to navigate what it really meant to halt a state government.

Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Into Yellowstone River

By ANAHAD O'CONNOR
An ExxonMobil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River in south central Montana ruptured late Friday, spilling crude oil into the river and forcing evacuations.
POLITICS

New York's Approval of Same-Sex Marriage Spurs Opponents for New Fights

By ERIK ECKHOLM and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
The specter of gay marriage in one populous state could be a powerful call for donations and action from those opposed to it.

South Carolina's Young Governor Has a High Profile and Higher Hopes

By KIM SEVERSON
Nikki Haley, who came into office with Tea Party support, is, at 39, the nation's youngest governor and is seen by many as an up-and-coming figure in the Republican Party.

Perry Flexed His Muscles to Influence the Session

By JAY ROOT
Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving chief executive in Texas history, may also be the most powerful, and his influence continues to grow.
BUSINESS

We Knew They Got Raises. But This?

By PRADNYA JOSHI
Updated figures show that median pay surged 23 percent last year for top executives at 200 big companies.

World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data

By STEPHANIE STROM
Robert B. Zoellick, the World Bank president, argues that its most valuable currency isn't money - it's information.
Ping

Silicon Valley Culture, but in San Francisco?

By DAMON DARLIN
San Francisco is giving tax breaks to businesses like Twitter that move to the city's blighted neighborhoods, but tech company culture may not help an effort to improve the areas.
TECHNOLOGY

Talking (Exclamation) Points

By AIMEE LEE BALL
Mark Twain railed against abuse of exclamation points. Thank goodness he didn't live to see the age of e-mail.

Stolen Code Is Linked to Program for Chess

By DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN
A champion computer was stripped of its titles and its developer was barred from future tournaments.
Novelties

Beyond the Breathalyzer: Seeking Telltale Signs of Disease

By ANNE EISENBERG
Scientists are building electronic and chemical sniffers that analyze breath to detect problems ranging from kidney disease to cancer.
SPORTS

For One Minor League Baseball Team, Never an Empty Seat

By GEORGE VECSEY
Barring a rainout, the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League will have their 815th consecutive sellout on Saturday, a national sports record.
Yankees 5, Mets 2

Mets Hold Their Breath After Reyes Grabs His Hamstring

By BEN SHPIGEL
In losing their second straight game to the Yankees, the Mets also lost Reyes to tightness in his left hamstring. Reyes will undergo an M.R.I. on Sunday.

In a Journey to 3,000, a Side Trip to Trenton

By MARK VIERA
Derek Jeter's arrival with Class AA Trenton meant that the Thunder's meeting with the Altoona Curve on Saturday night took on a different dynamic from the standard Eastern League game.
ARTS

The Fans Own the Magic

By MANOHLA DARGIS and A. O. SCOTT
Others may control the copyrights, the royalties and the theme park receipts, but they can't keep Harry Potter's wizardry out of millions of hearts.

Wrestling With Recovery Is No Fairy Tale

By DAVID CARR
Though a film staple for decades, portraits of addiction usually become a sideshow. But on Broadway, Stephen Adly Guirgis has managed to paint an authentic picture of addiction in "The _______ With the Hat."

The Team Player Who Blends Into the Comedy

By JONAH WEINER
A former sitcom star and Teen Wolf, Jason Bateman has become a consummate ensemble player.
NEW YORK / REGION

Seven Days and 120 Miles to Go

By SUZANNE SATALINE
Marathon swimming, a 1920s sensation, is enjoying a renaissance in New York, where open-water competitions are held almost every summer weekend.

Love and Inheritance: A Family Feud

By JOHN LELAND
A five-year legal battle between the actress Celeste Holm, 94, and her sons has drained her trust and has left her 48-year-old husband bitter.

The Stolen Stroller: An Urban Bourgeois Problem?

By ELISSA GOOTMAN
A mother ponders the theft of an unattended $400 stroller, one that epitomized privilege, and all that is loathsome about urban bourgeois parenting to begin with.
MAGAZINE

Married, With Infidelities

By MARK OPPENHEIMER
Scandals be damned. The goal of marriage, argues Dan Savage - devoted husband, proud father, sex columnist - should be stability, not monogamy.

What Does Newt Gingrich Know?

By ANDREW FERGUSON
Let's consult the literature - all 21 books by the self-proclaimed ideas man of politics.

Farm to Gallery: Peter Nadin's Comeback

By RANDY KENNEDY
Once a celebrated painter in New York, Peter Nadin retreated to a life of farming. But he never stopped making art.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

Unfinished Business: The Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act remains on the books. Any Congress with a real respect for personal freedom would repeal it.
Editorial

Unfinished Business: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Congress voted to allow open military service by gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans, but the law banning their service is still in effect. Full repeal of this discriminatory policy is overdue.
Editorial

Unsung Heroes

President Obama should honor the patriots in the government who bravely opposed the Bush administration's torture policies.
Editorial

A Love Still Supreme, but a House in Ruins

John Coltrane's house in Long Island, where he lived and composed some of his immortal jazz, is crumbling and in need of restoration.
Editorial | Annotation

The D.A. Stole His Life, Justices Took His Money

By LINCOLN CAPLAN
A Supreme Court's ruling has made it even more likely that innocent people will be railroaded by untrained prosecutors.
COLUMNS
Op-Ed Columnist

Time for Oratorical Contraception

By FRANK BRUNI
On the campaign trail, and in Congress, baby talk is cheap.
Op-Ed Columnist

When a Predator Collides With a Fabricator

By MAUREEN DOWD
What happens in a he said-she said case, when he's known to be a predator and she's revealed to be a liar?
Op-Ed Columnist

An African Adventure, and a Revelation

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
An American student and a teacher discover that economies are growing, more girls are in school and gains are being made in nutrition.
Op-Ed Columnist

New York and the Planes

By ROGER COHEN
A decade from 9/11, New York has prevailed against the "destroying planes" foreseen in 1948 by E.B. White.
Opinion

Games People Play

By JOEL BAKAN
Young people don't need to rent or buy casual games. They are available on computers, tablets and cellphones - and they are free.
Quiz

Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

Test your knowledge of recent events.
Opinion

The Lonely Polar Bear

By DIANE ACKERMAN
We witness a polar bear's grief and taste our own memories of love, loss and loneliness. Our wild heart goes out to him.
The Public Editor

Surrounded by Opinion, the Times Raises Its Voices

By ARTHUR S. BRISBANE
The new Sunday Review reflects a media trend with its tilt toward commentary.
Windows On the World

The City in My Mind

By NURUDDIN FARAH and MATTEO PERICOLI
Looking out a window in Mogadishu, Somalia.
ON THIS DAY
On July 3, 1863, the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended after three days in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.