July 5th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Tar balls reach Lake Pontchartrain: Join the Live Chat

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It’s a long holiday weekend for many Americans but the oil in the Gulf isn’t taking a vacation. It’s Day 77 of the disaster and the oil is still gushing. Tar balls have now hit the shores of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain and the shores of Galveston, Texas. We’ll have the latest on how far the spill has spread.

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Filed under: Live Blog
July 5th, 2010
09:11 PM ET

Video: Army Corps on vacation?

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill • Randi Kaye
July 5th, 2010
08:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tar balls from Gulf oil spill reach Lake Pontchartrain

Cate Vojdik
AC360 Writer

It’s a long holiday weekend for many Americans but the oil in the Gulf isn’t taking a vacation. It’s Day 77 of the disaster and the oil is still gushing. Tar balls have now hit the shores of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain and the shores of Galveston, Texas. We’ll have the latest on how far the spill has spread.

Speaking of vacations, the Army Corps of Engineers told us it’s been working this Fourth of July. But Gulf officials who needed answers from the Corps told us they couldn’t reach a single person all weekend. Same story all day today - until we took up the case. Keeping them honest, we’ll tell you tonight what we found when Randi Kaye paid the Army Corps of Engineers a visit.

We’ll also have more of Anderson’s exclusive interview with Jimmy Buffett. The singer has deep roots and many fans in the Gulf. He talked to Anderson about what the region means to him, how he feels about BP and deepwater drilling, and much more.

Also tonight, out of work and out of luck. The Senate left Washington for its long holiday weekend without extending unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans. The benefits expire for millions at the end of July. We’ll go up close and try to unravel the politics.

Plus, new questions about Afghanistan. Gen. David Petraeus officially took control of U.S. forces in Afghanistan this weekend, just days after CIA Director Leon Panetta said 100 or fewer al Qaeda fighters remain in the country. If so few al Qaeda fighters remain in Afghanistan, why are so many American troops still risking their lives and dying? It’s a question many are asking. We’ll dig deeper with CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who recently returned from Afghanistan.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
July 5th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Video: How much does Afghan War cost the U.S.?

Fareed Zakaria | BIO
CNN Anchor, “Fareed Zakaria – GPS”

Filed under: Afghanistan • Fareed Zakaria
July 5th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Critics press Obama on Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

CNN Wire Staff

The July 2011 deadline to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan is unrealistic and unhelpful, Afghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

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"First, if you over-emphasize a deadline that is not realistic, you are making the enemy a lot more bold," Jawad said. "You are prolonging the war. That deadline should be realistic. The line should be based on the reality on the ground and we should give a clear message to the enemy, to the terrorists who are a threat to everyone, that the United States, NATO, Afghans are there to finish this job."

He continued, "If that's not the feeling, we lost the support of the Afghan people, and also make the neighboring countries of interest a lot more bolder to interfere in Afghanistan."

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Filed under: Afghanistan • President Barack Obama
July 5th, 2010
04:13 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/5/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

U.S. Secretary State Hillary Clinton gestures while exiting her airplane upon arrival to Tbilisi on July 5, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV (Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
July 5th, 2010
02:51 PM ET

7.9 million jobs lost – many forever

Chris Isidore
Senior Writer CNNMoney

The recession killed off 7.9 million jobs. It's increasingly likely that many will never come back.

The government jobs report issued Friday shows that businesses have slowed their pace of hiring to a relative trickle.

"The job losses during the Great Recession were so off the chart, that even though we've gained about 600,000 private sector jobs back, we've got nearly 8 million jobs to go," said Lakshman Achuthan, managing director of Economic Cycle Research Institute.

Excluding temporary Census workers, the economy has added fewer than 100,000 jobs a month this year - a much faster and stronger jobs recovery than occurred following the last two recessions in 2001 and 1991.

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Filed under: Unemployment
July 5th, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Job gloom at all-time high

Tami Luhby
Senior Writer CNNMoney

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More Americans than ever before feel they have no hope of finding a job.

A record 1.21 million people want to work, but said they aren't looking because of the weak labor market, according to federal statistics released Friday. The June figure is up from 793,000 a year ago.

The statistic is yet another sign of how bleak the employment picture is. And these folks, known as "discouraged workers," aren't even counted in the unemployment rate because they haven't looked for work in the past four weeks.

Unlike those who have given up completely, discouraged workers have hunted for a job during the past year.

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Filed under: Unemployment
July 5th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

The 'Unconventional Book Tour' raises funds for Ethiopia

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

Announcing the Unconventional Book Tour

Sixty-four days from today, my first print book hits the stands all across North America. As a result, I'll be traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet readers and raise funds for our Charity: Water campaign to provide clean water in rural Ethiopia.

->Read the details and sign up to come out here


The book is currently on pre-order for a whopping $10.08 over at Amazon. It tells my story and outlines a road map for your own world domination plans. I've been fortunate to get some kind reviews from other authors, and I know that a lot of people will love it. (Since it's fairly provocative, some people won't love it, but that's okay, too.)

Every State, Every Province... Crazy or Epic?

Because I like big goals, I decided to visit all 50 states from September through December to promote the book. That includes Alaska and Hawaii, of course, and the District of Columbia. And, since I couldn't decide between a couple of hard choices (Dallas vs. Houston, San Fran vs. L.A.), I threw them both in. Then, I didn't want to forget my friends north of the border, so I added all 10 provinces in Canada for an extra leg in January 2011.


Filed under: Chris Guillebeau
July 5th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Tropic weather brewing in Gulf, Caribbean

CNN Wire Staff

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A tropical weather system is brewing near the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and two more tropical lows are above the Caribbean Sea, but none of them has a high probability of evolving into a tropical depression or a stronger cyclone within 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET report Monday.

The NHC said a low-pressure system located in the Gulf, about 60 miles southwest of Morgan City, Louisiana, has only a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone before moving inland Monday night or Tuesday. That system is expected to move to the north or northwest at 5 to 10 mph but it's "disorganized" and unlikely to develop further, said the Hurricane Center.

A week after Hurricane Alex marched through Mexico, another tropical system could follow a similar path. The NHC says a tropical wave in the northwestern Caribbean has a 40 percent chance of organizing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. The system is moving northwestward at 15 mph, threatening the Cayman Islands, Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, whether it forms a tropical depression or not, said the Hurricane Center.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Weather
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