Conservative Kickbacks: The American Conservative Union demanded a $2 or $3 million check in exchange for backing up FedEx in a legislative dispute.

Building Steam: Top Iranian cleric joins critics of the election-mangling current regime and demands it release political prisoners.

Oregon Trees - Safe for Now: After okaying logging in Alaska yesterday, the Obama admin reverses Bush-era decisions to expand logging in Oregon.

War Torn: As Oregon ships out another round of soldiers to Iraq, more returning veterans are dealing with mental illness.

Shoe-In: Analysts predict a swift confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor in August, despite certain Republicans continued harping on her race and background. Which Republicans? Jon Stewart explains:

"No Excuses! No Excuses!" Obama tells N.A.A.C.P. audience that growing up poor is no excuse for bad grades.

This is An Actual Headline: "Jumbo flying squid - aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles - have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego."

High Speed Rail! Oregon asks the Feds for $2.1 billion to build lightning-fast rail between Portland and Eugene.