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Two days of discussion over Iran’s nuclear program ended in uncertainty Thursday, with Iran maintaining it has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and the lead negotiator for the European Union stating vaguely that “significant problems remain” with the Iranian position. Negotiations are set to resume in June.

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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has spawned a whole mess of sideshows, not the least of which is the kerfuffle around Republican Rep. Joe L. Barton's concerted attempt at containing the spread of bad press following his apology to BP on Thursday.

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Bush administration members and other Capitol Hill denizens are puzzling over how to approach Iran -- one currently circulating (so Cold War retro!) keyword is "containment," says the BBC -- and finding the situation to be increasingly perplexing in light of U.S. relationships with Iraq and other Mideast nations.

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