Lunchtime Links: July 20, 2010

Goldman Sachs’ second-quarter earnings nose-dived in large part because of its fraud settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

New problems arose in the struggle to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as bubbles and seepage appeared in four areas around the damaged BP well, but Obama administration and company officials agreed to keep the new well cap closed for at least 24 more hours as they weigh the gravity of the developments.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that he'll run this autumn for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's Senate seat.

President Obama chided Republicans for blocking legislation to extend jobless benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.

The Brett Favre saga continues as the 40-year-old quarterback remains undecided on whether or not he will return to Minnesota after meeting over the weekend with Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress at Favre’s Mississippi home.

At the recent American Atheists convention, blow dryers were used as a means of de-baptism to symbolically remove the holy water sprinkled on people’s heads as infants to renounce their Christian baptisms. Edwin Kagin, the group’s legal director, has compared fundamentalist religious education on par with child abuse.

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