BP Defends ‘F’ Ratings On Alaska Oil Pipelines

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Internal “F” ratings of pipeline sections operated by BP PLC in Alaska’s North Slope show the company’s corrosion monitoring program is succeeding, not failing, a company spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Steve Rinehart was responding to a report by the independent investigative news organization ProPublica that said the rating means the pipeline walls […]

HuffPost TV: Howard Fineman: Republicans Aren’t Going To Change For Obama

HuffPost Senior Politics Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC’s “Countdown” Thursday night to discuss Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s open assertion that his primary goal is to see President Barack Obama defeated in 2012. “I think the president’s strategy here is to seem to be the reasonable one,” Fineman told host Keith Olbermann. “But the […]

Obama Heads To Asia

WASHINGTON — Rebuked by voters, President Barack Obama is turning overseas, heading to Asia for 10 days of diplomacy, tourism and dealmaking that could boost the battered chief executive and highlight his political skills on the world stage. Obama risks criticism he’s fleeing the Democrats’ midterm election wreckage for friendlier territory as sets out Friday […]

Pelosi Canvassing Dem Caucus For Support

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is canvassing members of the Democratic caucus before deciding whether to make a bid for House minority leader, she told The Huffington Post in an interview Thursday. Though Pelosi has yet to reach and ask for support, she said, calls and emails of encouragement have come from House […]

Ohio Jail’s Stun-Gun Use Is Unconstitutional: DOJ

The complaint said jailers regularly put stun guns in a “drive stun” mode designed to cause continuous pain to someone resisting an officer. “In case after case, deputies tase people, often in the drive stun mode to cause pain, when the person was greatly outnumbered by a team of deputies who were easily able to […]

Obama follow Clinton’s ’94 playbook?

Watching President Obama react to what he called his “shellacking” in the midterm elections had me remembering then-President Bill Clinton back on November 9, 1994 — the day after he and his fellow Democrats lost control of the House and the Senate. Read the full story from CNN

Patty Murray Defeats Dino Rossi In Washington Senate Race

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray seized a fourth term Thursday, surviving voters’ backlash against Democrats nationally and weeks of relentless GOP campaign attacks on her voting and federal spending record. Murray’s victory over Republican Dino Rossi, after three days of tallying, preserves breathing room for the Senate’s shrunken Democratic majority. Republicans made […]