Lunchtime Links: August 2, 2010

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, admitted Sunday the U.S. military has plans in place to attack Iran if needed over its development of nuclear weapons.

The Netherlands became the first country to completely withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, and more nations set to follow.

About 400 guests attended the wedding of Chelsea Clinton on Saturday amid a media frenzy in upstate New York.

While the BP well was still gushing, the Obama administration issued an order that limited the spreading of controversial dispersant chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico's surface. Their use, officials said, should be restricted to “rare cases.”  But in reality, federal documents show, the use of dispersants wasn't rare at all.

As the relief effort in flood-hit Pakistan intensified Monday, officials were bracing themselves for an outbreak of disease among the millions affected by the country's worst deluge in 80 years.

Inception” held the top spot at the box office for the third straight weekend.

A flurry of deals took place the Major League Baseball trade deadline as pennant contenders sought to beef up their rosters.

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