Republican women won elections in California, Nevada, Maine and one faced down slurs in South Carolina to place well in primaries scattered across a dozen states yesterday. Political Junkie Ken Rudin, with assists from our pal Mark Memmott, wrap up the notable races.
In Iowa, Democrat Roxanne Conlin has won her primary and will face incumbent Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.
In Maine, state senate president Libby Mitchell took the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and will face Republican Paul LePage, mayor of Waterville, who has support from tea party activists. (HT to our friends at Maine Public Broadcasting!).
ISRAEL EASES GAZA BLOCKADE
Some humanitarian items are starting to enter the Palestinian territory, mostly food. The blockade is at the heart of Israel's deadly raid on a flotilla of ships last week carrying similar supplies to Palestinians.
USED OIL: I WONDERED ABOUT THAT
One of the problems crews are facing is what to do with the oil that's made it to the surface of the ocean. NPR's Larry Abramson explains on Morning Edition when the oil finally gets to land, it's separated from the seawater. Some of it can be used to power ships but the rest, especially the water, is hazardous material.
Meanwhile, the White House says President Obama will return to the southern US coast early next week for another first hand briefing on efforts to fight the oil spill.
MORE UN SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN
NPR's Michele Kelemen says the US has the votes in the Security Council to pass a resolution against Iran, rebuking Iranian leaders for continuing to refuse to reveal more about their nuclear program.
The Security Council is scheduled to meet at 10 AM, Eastern.
NBA FINALS: GAME 3
And Los Angeles is back on top, winning 91-84 over Boston in the NBA finals.
Here's the highlights reel: