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Paying America's Debt, With Your AmEx

A government program that allows concerned citizens to help pay off the national debt with donations now accepts credit-card payments. Is this a good use of your personal MasterCard?

'Second Wave' of Ships Head to Gaza

The MV Rachel Corrie, an Irish ship named for a peace activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, escaped the deadly attacks earlier this week. It is two days from land, and campaigners on board say they are determined to defy Israel once more.

What Not to Say When Your Company Is Ruining the World

There is a long and awkward history of corporate leaders saying the wrong thing when their companies are facing criticism. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein responded to his company's role in contributing to the recent financial crisis by suggesting he was doing "God's work." But BP CEO Tony Hayward has outdone him.

New BP Oil-Spill Plan in Motion

The first stage of BP's latest effort to quell the torrent of oil billowing into the gulf has succeeded. An undersea robot cut into the pipe, which will have the paradoxical effect of worsening the spill until a cap can, with luck, be placed. The added gallons may be the least of the company's worries.

Steve Jobs's Strange Defense of Foxconn

Thirteen workers have committed suicide, or tried, this year—half of that number in May—at a factory that makes shiny products for Apple. But Apple's CEO/talisman told the All Things Digital Conference that all is well because they have "restaurants and movie theaters and hospitals and swimming pools. For a factory, it's pretty nice."