From the Night Beat:
Within hours, a new capping stack should be snug on top of the Deepwater Horizon well. And if you look at the live stream, it appears as if there is no oil leaking into the Gulf.
MYTHS DEBUNKED AND BUNKED: No, gays will not be segregated if they are accepted (openly) into the military. "Absurd," spokesman Geoff Morrell tells CBS News. At most, perhaps a shower curtain could be added to open showers in response to a survey question about shower situations. ... No, the decision not to pursue the Black Panther case from election day was not made by political appointees. The political appointees who would have made the decision had not been confirmed yet, reports Adam Serwer. ... And no, priority three of Charles Bolden, the administrator of NASA, is not outreach to the Muslim world. Or so says the White House, which insists that Bolden misspoke. Actually, the White House is probably wrong on this one and Bolden probably knows what the President told him. ... Liberal media alert: Mort Zuckerman (who is no liberal) says he "helped write one of [Obama's] speeches" but won't say which one. Obama's aides don't remember consulting with Zuckerman.
COOPERATION: Wonder why Russia is agreeing with U.S. intelligence assessments that Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon? The CIA and the SVR, Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, have been working together on a joint assessment, sharing analysis to a degree that would have been unimaginable during the Cold War. (This is one reason why CIA Director Leon Panetta has a good relationship with his SVR counterpart and consults with him often.) A revised, classified National Intelligence Estimate of Iran's capabilities is due any day now.