1. GULF SPILL
Obama tries to quell rising public discontent with U.S. efforts
President Obama vowed today that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill would be contained and attempted again to address concerns about the disaster as a new poll showed growing dissatisfaction over the federal response. "This will be contained," Obama said after meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. "The one thing I'm absolutely confident about is -- as we have before -- we will get through this crisis."