Gulf oil disaster - Initial results from test runs of a ship billed as the world's largest oil skimming vessel could come back Monday after a weekend spent plowing the seas atop the undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. If the test is successful, the massive vessel could play a key role in efforts to clean up the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Pirate hijacking - Pirates have hijacked a Marshall Islands-flagged ship in the southern Red Sea, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Monday. The MT Motivator, a chemical tanker loaded with oil and a crew of 18 Filipino nationals, told authorities it was under small-arms fire from pirates in the northern Bab Al Mandeb area Sunday, the naval force said.
Latinos and voting –– Each election year is dubbed ‚Äúthe year‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ the year Latinos will show up at U.S. polls in droves and transform the political landscape. While voter turnout among the Latino community has risen in recent years, the old adage that there‚Äôs ‚Äústrength in numbers‚ÄĚ has yet to manifest itself. We take a look at what impact President Obama's new push for immigration reform may have on Latino voting.
Steele in hot water - Republicans lined up on opposite sides Sunday over comments by the chairman of the Republican National Committee that the Afghanistan war launched by former President George W. Bush was "of [President] Obama's choosing" and may be unwinnable. Speaking from Afghanistan, GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina lambasted Michael Steele for the comments, which McCain called "wildly inaccurate" and Graham characterized as "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely," while follow Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said Steele should apologize to the military.
However, GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, in a statement to CNN, supported Steele and said the RNC chairman's characterization of the war was correct.