By Korva Coleman

President Obama got plenty of salt from his most recent visit to the Gulf of Mexico. He's not taking the disaster lying down -- in fact, he tells NBC's Matt Lauer he's goin' round and takin' names!

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My goodness, he sounds so manly! But with all that butt thumping, what's really going on down there? NPR's Brian Mann reports although energy company BP has promised to help Gulf residents affected by the spill, it's not happening.

Here's an aside I could not resist - remember Obama got on Vice President Joe Biden's case earlier this year for the VP's own use of colorful language? It prompted an intrepid California teen to redouble his efforts to ban the use of swearing in the state of California altogether. The resolution passed the California Legislature. However, for those of us who'll admit to being more like Biden, no worries. Cuss Free Week is only observed in the first week of March.

And here's just a little more cover for Mr. Obama tonight when he gets home for dinner with the First Lady: technically, his choice is not one of the 7 dirty words you can't say on television, as opined by late comedian George Carlin. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens also didn't mention this word in his main opinion on the matter. Hilariously, Stevens does include a lengthy Carlin transcript in the main appendix -- scroll down a bit for some WARNING, WILL ROBINSON, DANGER! reading.

IF IT'S TUESDAY, SOMEBODY IS VOTING SOMEWHERE
It's Primary Day in several states, and NPR's Political Junkie, Ken Rudin Explains It All For You. Who will win Nevada's GOP senate nomination and face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this fall? And a woman's sexuality appears to be the defining test of whether she is capable of governing. First Lady Jenny Sanford, who divorced Governor Mark Sanford over infidelity, is having none of it. NYTimes columnist Gail Collins rounded up some of the best election highlights.

NPR EXAMINES MARIJUANA
Really. NPR is taking a look this week at how pot is regulated around the country as demand for medical marijuana increases. On Morning Edition, NPR's Jeff Brady talks about Colorado's new laws regulating pot dispensaries.

And NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports on a new Los Angeles ordinance that seeks to get rid of unlicensed marijuana depots.

MARVIN ISLEY DIES
And Marvin Isley of the R-and-B powerhouse band, the Isley Brothers has died. Marvin, the bassist, suffered from diabetes and had lost his legs and the use of a hand. The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Marvin wasn't in the original group but joined in 1973 and helped record its such as That Lady. (HT: LA Weekly.) Here are Marvin and the band on Soul Train, from 1974.

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7:45 - June 8, 2010