June 2nd, 2010
11:25 AM ET

New aid ship heads for Gaza, days after flotilla raid

CNN Wire Staff

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Two days after Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, another ship packed with activists and assorted supplies sailed defiantly toward the Palestinian territory.

The Rachel Corrie, a ship named for an American activist killed in Gaza several years ago, was planning to arrive in Gaza late Friday or early Saturday. The vessel left Ireland carrying 550 tons of cement, educational materials, toys and medical equipment - the latest effort by peace activists to deliver food and break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

Free Gaza Movement activist Derek Graham said that once the Rachel Corrie reaches Gaza, they intend to unload the vessel and return to Ireland.

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Filed under: Middle East
June 2nd, 2010
11:20 AM ET

Video: BP's Atlantis rig being questioned

Carol Costello
CNN Correspondent

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 2nd, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Video: Were early warning signs ignored?

Joe Johns | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Joe Johns
June 2nd, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Video: President's PR offensive

Ed Henry | BIO
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

June 2nd, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Video: Spike Lee takes on BP

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Gulf Oil Spill
June 2nd, 2010
10:22 AM ET

CNN Poll: Regardless of experience concerns, majority back Kagan

CNN Political Ticker

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Many Americans express concern over Elena Kagan's lack of experience as a judge, but they currently don't think she is too liberal for a seat on the Supreme Court and a majority say that the U.S. Senate should vote for confirm her, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 54 percent of the public says that Kagan should be confirmed to the high court, with 36 percent saying that senators should not confirm President Obama's nominee for associate justice to the high court.

Obama nominated Kagan, who serves as the Justice Department's solicitor general, on May 10 to fill the seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement in April, after 34 years on the high court. The Senate Judiciary Committee begins its confirmations hearings for Kagan on June 28.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
June 2nd, 2010
10:03 AM ET

Letters to the President #499: “New regulations? Old ones? Does it really matter?”

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: BP is launching its latest effort to stop that oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. So am I. I’m sticking pins into a voodoo doll shaped like a hole in the ocean floor, and oddly enough, it seems to be working as well as what they’re doing! My latest letter to the White House comes from my old home town of New Orleans.

Dear Mr. President,

I spent the day in New Orleans preparing a story which has nothing to do with the oil spill, so I’m sure you’ll find that a relief. Uh…but everyone I talked to brought up the oil spill anyway. So, I guess, the relief is short-lived, huh?

The general feeling seems to be that no one can believe that the situation has so steadily and awfully progressed to this point, and they absolutely can not fathom how it is that the federal government seems so utterly powerless to do anything about it. To which I say, “Have you watched anything the federal government has tried to do in the past twenty years?” Ha! Ok, I’m just kidding about that. Despite all the public rancor, I realize that the Feds do some good things. For example, I thought National Maritime Day was a pretty big hit this year.

But it seems to me that this whole situation is just throwing all sorts of golf balls and knotted ropes into your notions about expanding government regulation. On one hand, sure, the disaster in the Gulf seems to fairly scream “Hey, you can’t just trust every industry out there to behave responsibly and consider the overall safety of the public and the environment over profits.” Seems like a no brainer at this point.

On the other hand, we had an agency that was supposedly keeping track of the oil industry; just like we presumably had people keeping an eye on Wall Street, and on lending agencies, and on national security before 9/11, and on and on and on it goes.


June 2nd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

As oil slick spreads to other states, BP works to put cap over well

CNN Wire Staff

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BP early Wednesday used robot submarines and a complex maneuver in an attempt to stop the massive flow of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

The company appeared to be making its second cut into the undersea well's riser pipe, the initial steps toward placing a cap over the well that has spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day since late April.

Meanwhile, rust-colored oil washed ashore Tuesday on barrier islands off Alabama and Mississippi as a beleaguered BP tried to stop the continued flow of the largest spill in U.S. history.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • T1
June 2nd, 2010
06:09 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 6/1/10

Editor's Note: After Tuesday's show we received a huge response to our reporting live from the Gulf on the oil spill. Many viewers sent in their suggestions on how to stop the leak and they are asking what will happen when a hurricane come through the gulf. What do you think?

Keep BP in the news. As Americans we tend to tire when news stays on longer than a week. I think that’s what BP and the Feds are hoping, that it won’t stay in the forefront of our minds.

Thank you for your continued coverage on the oil spill in Louisiana, we appreciate your thorough investigations and reporting. I feel as though more could be done to stop this leak weeks ago. Could it be the BP does not want to take extreme measures to stop this leak due to the amount of money that they may lose by not being able to use this well again? Why is the federal government not putting more pressure on BP or calling in experts from other companies to stop this catastrophe? It just seems as though everyone is trying to avoid taking control of the situation. Thank you for your help, we need more reporters like you.

Why can' they bomb that well to seal it ? Don’t you think that would do the job or do you think that dp want the oil?

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