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June 8, 2010

TUESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Plumes in the Gulf: The government confirmed Tuesday that plumes of dispersed oil were spreading far below the ocean surface from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, raising fresh concerns about the potential impact of the spill on sea life. Tests conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida found that the concentrations of oil-related chemicals in the water were generally low. Still, the tests confirmed that some toxic compounds that would normally be expected to evaporate from the surface in a shallow-water oil spill were instead spreading through the ocean in the Deepwater Horizon leak."

* Progress with the containment cap: "A containment cap placed over the leaking BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is now sucking up even more oil to the surface -- nearly 15,000 barrels (630,000 gallons) a day, more than the low end of the government's estimate of all the oil that was leaking, Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen said Monday morning."

* BP "systemically ignored its own safety policies," not just in the Gulf, but throughout its North American operations.

* Big vote tomorrow on Iran: "The United States and its allies called for a U.N. vote Wednesday on imposing new sanctions on Iran's suspect nuclear program, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said those would be followed by even stricter unilateral penalties by Washington and others."

* President Obama returns to health care, selling his policy to seniors.

* Police have charged a father-and-son team for threatening Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and his family over the health care vote.

* A high school in Kalamazoo was fortunate enough to get the president as a commencement speaker yesterday: "On Monday, he imparted his buck-stops-here philosophy to an audience of high school graduates, telling them: 'Don't make excuses. Take responsibility not just for your successes. Take responsibility where you fall short as well.'"

* The media's best efforts notwithstanding, few Americans actually care whether the White House offered jobs to Senate candidates.

* Defense Secretary Robert Gates has a pretty tough job.

* The college accreditation system needs some work.

* The artist formerly known as Blackwater is up for sale. In the meantime, as silly as this seems, the company is getting into the retail game. (thanks to reader J.B. for the tip)

* Chait flags a photo of a protestor trying to tie together multiple right-wing conspiracy theories in one bizarre message. It's quite an "accomplishment."

* Annoying media outlets to the president: Once more, with feeling.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (25)

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It looks like Burr of NC (after taking a good payoff from the oil companies) is going to support big oil while the people of coastal NC are worried sick about the beaches there.
Lindsay Graham will not support the climate bill because not enough drilling, but I think it was because of a veiled threat from one GOPer to speak out about Lindsay being gay!

Posted by: jJS on June 8, 2010 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Ha! Well he left out the part about Paul McCartney being part of "the British Invasion."

Otherwise, impressive.

Posted by: caitlin G. on June 8, 2010 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Each day, as I read this Blog and the comments, I recognized the impotence of We, the People, to effect change of a significant nature in today's political environment. I don't know the solution, but hope that our willingness to continually inform our personal communities and our wider circle of friends and political representatives, will continue the groundswell that Obama began with his message of hope. Whether you consider his efforts adequate or less than adequate, he is not the savior. You are! It is up to conscious people to elevate the conversation to demand action on changing how things are done. Our system is broken, and those that broke it are not in a position to fix it unless that shift their perspective. It is up to us to model that shift, starting now!

I am committed to Oneness through Justice and Transformation
peace,
st john

Posted by: st john on June 8, 2010 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Toomey of Pennsylvania has just taken sacks of money from the oil companies, now he is calling for more oil drilling. Just a month or so ago he & Burr of NC hosted a meeting for lobbyists, they asked for money and promised to push the corporate agenda, and slow the progressive agenda. Let's all support Sestak in his run against Toomey. Let's also support whovever runs against Burr.

Posted by: Joan on June 8, 2010 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

"they' shift their perspective.

Posted by: st john on June 8, 2010 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

I would take every word that comes out of Allen's mouth with a box of salt.

Posted by: map106 on June 8, 2010 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

Chait flags a photo of a protestor trying to tie together multiple right-wing conspiracy theories in one bizarre message.

Cue the ‘Outer Limits’ music.

Posted by: Joe Friday on June 8, 2010 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

Whats with the quotes around Obama?

Is there some meme out there that he has a secret name and is just pretending to be a normal American named Barak Hussein Obama?

Posted by: snoey on June 8, 2010 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, at least Conspiracy Guy spelled it right.

Posted by: Cazart on June 8, 2010 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

Ha ha, nice to see Chait has caught up with Wonkette circa 2008.

Posted by: grumbles on June 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks, st. John, for the reminder. It IS up to us, the species, to advance- evolve, if you will-toward peace, abundance, and harmony with Gaia.

Hey, nobody said it was easy; but the last hundred thousand years were no picnic, either!

Posted by: DAY on June 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

Surprised there's been no mention of the America's Future Now conference going on in DC today. But, of course, not really. The Progressive Populist counterpart to the Teabaggers, hosted by Arianna Huffington and Andy Stern, President-until-recently of the SEIU. The media's comparing it to CPAC, of course, despite the extreme diversity of financial support (CPACers were bussed in by the ton, AFN attendees had to pay their own way). But when did they choose to hold it? On the most newsworthy primary day since 2008. And what was the big story? Nancy Pelosi, the most capable House Speaker in decades, being shouted down by Home Care advocates and Code Pink. Ah, the Left: give 'em the tools, and they'll use them on themselves. Or each other. Which is the same thing.

Posted by: ericfree on June 8, 2010 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

Benen continues to highlight writers working for The New racist.

why does Steve Benen give objective support to racist, bigoted journalism outlets?

Posted by: some guy on June 8, 2010 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes, arguably the most shamelessly partisan pundit in the country,

you must mean the ex-editor for Marty P at The New Racist? that Fred Barnes?


some things never change, which is why I wonder why Steve Benen continues to give objective support to bigoted, racist journalism outlets?

Posted by: some guy on June 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Why does Steve give objective support to racist, bigoted journalism outlets?" some guy @ 7:49 PM.

Well, if he didn't, then you wouldn't have anything to bitch about, now would you?
Secondly...come to think of it, one's enough.

Posted by: Doug on June 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM | PERMALINK

Did a North Korean Torpedo Really Sink That South Korean Military Vesselt?

Suspicions that it was a US mine, not a North Korean torpedo.

http://www.alternet.org/world/147096/did_a_north_korean_torpedo_really_sink_that_south_korean_military_vesselt_?page=entire

Posted by: anomaly on June 8, 2010 at 9:15 PM | PERMALINK

Groans and moans

Looks like Haley's getting screwed in South Carolina...

Posted by: koreyel on June 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

Haley'll be in a run off. With her 46%-48% to his 17%, she ought to be able to send out Gresham Barrett mince-pies to all her supporters, come Christmas.

What bugs me more is that all the shenanigans in Arkansas seem to be bearing (poisoned) fruit and Lincoln is ahead by a sizable chunk (6%).

Posted by: exlibra on June 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

Fuck Bill Clinton and Democrats who act like Republicans and cheat to 'win.'

Lincoln will get tossed in November.

Posted by: doubtful on June 9, 2010 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

Fuck Bill Clinton and Democrats who act like Republicans and cheat to 'win.'

Lincoln will get tossed in November.
Posted by: doubtful on June 9, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Indeed she will, while Halter might have had a shred of a chance. *Very* dispiriting. And a confirmation (as if I needed it!)of my belief that the Dem "leadership" cannot read tea-leaves even if they're floating in their fine-china tea-cups...

Posted by: exlibra on June 9, 2010 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

Something tells me that there are some Arkansas lawyers who are burning the midnight oil tonight, getting their challenges to tonights results ready to file the minute the courthouses in the counties where the shenanigans occurred open tomorrow morning.

It may be decided, but it ain't over. I would bet dollars against donuts on that.

Posted by: Blue Girl on June 9, 2010 at 1:05 AM | PERMALINK

Obviously Russell and David Hesch, the guys who threatened Rep. Stupak, have a different reading of Christian Charity than Jesus who said:

"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. "


"You have heard that the ancients were told, 'You shall not commit murder' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.' But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Posted by: Marc on June 9, 2010 at 7:12 AM | PERMALINK

http://www.yaliberty.org/posts/a-socially-acceptable-bigotry

I didn't understand what "Some Guy" was talking about. The term "The New Racist" may start showing up once in a while. YAL is a Ron Paul backer group and with Rand on the scene they may start to pop up a little more.

The inflammatory quote is disappointing, and I'd like to think the editor in question AGREES with the commentary that such implied generalizations can't be true.


Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on June 9, 2010 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

Lindsay's actions are more like jumping off the teeter-totter to let your playmate slam to the ground. He's not the first republican to play this game. Snowe and Collins were more in the Lucy vein, I think.

Posted by: CDW on June 9, 2010 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

"The term "The New Racist" may start showing up once in a while. YAL is a Ron Paul backer group. The inflammatory quote is disappointing, and I'd like to think the editor in question AGREES with the commentary that such implied generalizations can't be true."

Peretz has made tens of such comments, many worse, over the years.

Posted by: flubber on June 9, 2010 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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