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Melman on Gold & Silver

The morning of Friday, May 7 gave us a new chapter in gold's ongoing struggles which might properly be named "As the headlines turn!"

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Bush puts Roadless Initiative on hold
• SWANCC v. US Army Corps of Engineers
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