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BP cut corners, cost on doomed ‘nightmare well’

BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a “nightmare well,” according to internal documents released Monday. The comment by BP engineer Brian Morel came in an e-mail April 14, six days before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 people and has sent tens of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf in the nation’s worst environmental disaster. The e-mail was among dozens of internal documents released by the
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Financial reform: The lobbyists move in

Congress’ final tinkering with Wall Street overhaul this month offers lobbyists a last-ditch shot to reshape the package on behalf of clients with billions at stake. Even as the legislation gets tougher on banks by the week, agents of influence are hardly strangers on Capitol Hill. Many once worked for the lawmakers they’re lobbying. Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of a panel resolving differences in House and Senate bills, and Sen. Chris Dodd, who shepherded the Senate’s measure, have their hands full fending off industry efforts to dilute the final legislation. They must do so while trying to hold together a
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Sharron Angle: A gift to Democrats from the political gods

Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee to challenge embattled Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat in Nevada, could be a gift from the political gods for Reid’s campaign. Angle, a favorite of the Tea Party, is a political fruitcake who believes fluoridation of water is a Communist plot, booze should be outlawed, mothers should stay home and take care of their families and the BP oil spill is no big deal. Democrats are already chomping at the bit to expose Angle as a right-wing hack job with views so extreme that voters will be more than willing to
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Helen Thomas in firestorm for remarks about Israel

Legendary journalist Helen Thomas dared speak out about Israel last week and she’s paying for it. Nine Speakers Inc., which represented Thomas on the lucrative public speaking circuit, announced Sunday that it no-longer represents the acid-tongued Thomas . “It is with a heavy heart that Nine Speakers Inc. announces its resignation as the agent for Helen Thomas, Dean of the White House Press Corps.,” Diane Nine, President of the agency, said in a statement. “Ms. Thomas has had an esteemed career as a journalist, and she has been a trailblazer for women, helping others in her profession, and behind. However,
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South Carolina pol claims ‘Raghead’ slur was a joke

A South Carolina Republican state Senator called the President of the United States a ‘raghead’ and used the same slur against a candidate for that state’s governor but now claims the whole thing was just a joke. Sen. Jake Knotts apologized for the slurs and said they were meant ‘in jest.” Knotts, appearing on “Pub Politics,” an Internet-based political talk show, said “We’ve already got a raghead in the White House, we con’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.” Besides Obama, Knotts was referring to Nikki Haley, a State Representative, running for governor. Haley is of Indian descent. In
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BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP fumbled its latest underwater experiment with the wild Gulf gusher — just like every other endeavor the company has tried to fix the nation’s worst oil spill and BP’s chief executive said the company wasn’t fully prepared for the disaster. First, a 100-ton, four-story box couldn’t contain the spill because icelike crystals clogged the top. Then, a straw-like device that actually did capture crude was inconsistent at best. The supposed top kill — shooting heavy mud and junk into the well — couldn’t overcome the pressure of the oil. And the most recent risky gambit ran into trouble a
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Government debt reaches record $13 trillion

US debt has reached 13 trillion dollars for the first time in history, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, stoking a political furor over government spending. Amid vast government outlays designed to end the economic crisis, the debt reached a record 13,050,826,460,886.97 dollars on June 1, according to official figures. The debt has increased by around 1.6 trillion dollars in the last year and more than doubled in the last 10 years. It now stands at just under 90 percent of annual gross domestic product. Against this stark backdrop, tackling debt has become a hot political issue in Washington, with Democrats
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As oil coats Gulf Coast, BP tries another risky move

As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP’s stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the spill. The stakes couldn’t be higher. After six weeks of failures to block the well or divert the oil, the latest mission involved using a set of tools akin to an oversized deli slicer and garden shears to break away the broken riser pipe so engineers can then position a cap over the
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Al, Tipper Gore calling it quits after 40 years of marriage

Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage that included a White House run when their sunny relationship offered a counterpoint to President Bill Clinton’s philandering. According to an e-mail circulated among the couple’s associates on Tuesday, the Gores said it was “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.” Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider confirmed the statement came from the Gores, but declined to comment further. The Gores were telling friends they “grew apart” after 40 years of marriage and there
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Another Senate candidate lies about military record

Another politician running for the Senate has lied for years about his military record. Republican Mark Kirk, running for President Barack Obama’s old Senate set in Illinois, claimed for years that he won the U.S. Navy’s intelligence officer of the year while serving in the reserves. But Kirk never won the award. His unit won an award but not him personally. Kirk’s lie comes in the wake of revelations that Democratic Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal lied about serving in Vietnam when his military service consisted primarily of working Toys for Tots drives in Washington. Amazingly, some vets seem willing
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