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AP tears into Obama speech: Compensation promise doubtful; ‘The past is not reassuring’

In assuring Americans that BP won’t control the compensation fund for Gulf oil spill recovery, President Barack Obama failed to mention that the government won’t control it, either. That means it’s anyone’s guess whether the government can, in fact, make BP pay all costs related to the spill. Obama aimed…

Unhinged Carville goes off on Obama on oil spill: ‘Man, you’ve got to put somebody in charge… We’re about to die down here’

James Carville, one of tv’s most popular Democratic talking heads and a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, turned visibly angry in a interview Wednesday about the BP oil spill, accusing President Barack Obama of losing control. Carville at one point declared, “We’re about to die down here!” He was…

US overhauls agency in charge of offshore drilling

The US agency that regulates offshore drilling was broken up into three separate agencies Wednesday as part of a move to end cozy industry relationships exposed by the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, officials said. The shake-up came a day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told lawmakers the Minerals Management…

Cops drop ‘corrupting youth’ charge against war protester’s mom

Police in Des Moines, Iowa, may have been trying to “scare” the peace movement when they ticketed the mother of an adolescent anti-war protester for corrupting her daughter, a law professor says. Last week 12-year-old Frankie Hughes was arrested at the office of Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) when she refused…

US frees Iraqi photographer held for 17 months

BAGHDAD — The US military in Iraq freed an Iraqi freelance journalist working for the Thomson Reuters media group on Wednesday after holding him for 17 months without charge, the company said. “How can I describe my feelings? This is like being born again,” Reuters quoted 33-year-old Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed…

Todd Palin in charge of Sarah’s book-signing ‘banned list’

Former Alaska first husband Todd Palin was in charge of the “banned list” that kept several bloggers and political activists away from Sarah Palin’s book-signing in her hometown last week. Shannyn Moore, one of the reporters banned from the book-signing, and Justin Elliott at TalkingPointsMemo have obtained copies of the…

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