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Rachel Maddow: Oval Office address Obama ‘should have given’

In a somewhat novel take for a talk show host on President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address on the BP oil spill, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow delivered a mock address of the speech on her program Wednesday. “You know how sometimes you get into an argument or confrontation with somebody, you…

BP agrees to 20-billion-dollar oil spill fund

WASHINGTON (AFP) – BP on Wednesday agreed to pay 20 billion dollars into an independently run fund to meet the spiralling costs of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, bowing to tough demands from President Barack Obama. The deal was revealed as top executives from the British energy giant met…

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…

Senator suggests using beer ingredients to clean up spill

Iowa’s senior senator has a suggestion for President Barack Obama: Time for a beer summit. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told a conference call of Iowa reporters Wednesday that he thought the government should try using an alternative method to clean up oil that’s been polluting the gulf since a…

Palin advises Obama on spill: ‘Heck, give me a call’

JUNEAU, Alaska – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said President Barack Obama’s acknowledgment that he hasn’t directly spoken to BP’s chief executive shows it “bodes well to have some sort of executive experience before occupying the Oval Office.” Then, in a Facebook posting Tuesday, she outlined her experience. And she…

Coast Guard to probe report of new Gulf spill: official

NEW ORLEANS — US authorities will investigate reports that another oil spill is sullying Gulf of Mexico waters not far from the site of the BP disaster, the top official overseeing the cleanup and containment effort said Tuesday. The Press Register newspaper based in the Gulf city of Mobile, Alabama,…

Oil cleanup chief promises ‘uninhibited access’ to media

Adm. Thad Allen, the former Coast Guard head who has been appointed the “incident commander” for the oil spill, says he has put out an order to allow the media “uninhibited access” to oil spill sites. Adm. Allen also told the media Sunday that he expects the oil spill fight…

Barbour: Media doing more damage than oil spill

‘The coast is clear. Come on down!’ The BP oil spill is causing less damage to the state of Mississippi than the media, according to Gov. Haley Barbour. “Well, the truth is, Chris, we have had virtually no oil,” Barbour told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday. “We have had a…

Director James Cameron: ‘Morons’ at BP turned me down

James Cameron, the director of blockbuster films such as Titanic, The Abyss, The Terminator and Avatar, can return to his deadly female cyborg script now that the “morons” at BP have turned down his offer to help with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. “Over the last few weeks I’ve…

BP CEO now says it will take two days to judge success of ‘top kill’

BP CEO Tony Hayward told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that it could be another 2 days before he knows if the “top kill” process worked. BP, which owns the well and is the largest oil and gas producer in the United States, began injecting mud into the well on Wednesday afternoon…

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