[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/05/17/gulf.oil.spill/c1main.oil.dispersant.jpg]Cate Vojdik
There are major new developments tonight in the Gulf oil disaster. According to an administration official, President Obama will sign an executive order establishing a presidential commission to investigate the oil spill.
Meantime, the federal official overseeing offshore drilling announced his departure amid criticism that regulators have been too cozy with the oil industry. He told colleagues unexpectedly that he’ll retire at the end of the month.
In recent days, Massachusetts congressman Ed Markey, whose committee is holding hearings on the spill, has lambasted BP, the owner of the ruptured well. Markey has accused BP officials of stonewalling him about the size of the spill and refusing to bring on independent experts to judge for themselves. Keeping Them Honest, we’ll take a hard look at those charges tonight and also at what’s happening below the water’s surface more than three weeks after the drilling rig blew up.
Also tonight, an update on a landmark pilot study on race and how children see skin color. Are young children today really colorblind when it comes to race, as many parents would like to believe? We commissioned a new pilot study by a team of child psychologists to measure kids’ beliefs about race. We’ll show you video from the interviews conducted for the study. The children are candid, sometimes painfully so. What they say may stun you.
Another story we’re following tonight: primary anxiety. On the eve of some key Senate primary races, we’ll be looking at anti-incumbent fever and the Palin Factor. Sarah Palin has endorsed Rand Paul in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. Are her endorsements making a difference or is she just placing safe bets? Our political panel will zero in on the Kentucky race plus battles in Arkansas and Pennsylvania.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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