June 7th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Opinion: Why Obama should forget 'change you can believe in'

Julian Zelizer
Special to CNN

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Congressional Democrats have been warning President Obama to tone down his anti-Washington rhetoric.

While the president has continued to expound on his campaign themes about the need to change the way Washington works, many of his colleagues on Capitol Hill have been uncomfortable with this posture. Speaker Pelosi and others have asked him to focus his fire on Republicans rather than the system of which they are a part.

The dangers that President Obama, whose 2008 slogan was "change we can believe in," faces from continuing to depict himself as an agent of change became clearer over the past few weeks.

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June 7th, 2010
11:04 AM ET

Nine Races to Watch On Super (Primary) Tuesday

Jay Newton-Small and Katy Steinmetz

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Voters in 11 states will go to the polls Tuesday to pick which Republicans and Democrats they'd like to see slug it out in November. We'll find out if Blanche Lincoln will become the third Senate incumbent to lose his or her primary; which Republican will get to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; and if Jim Gibbons of Nevada might be the first sitting governor to lose a primary.

This year's Super Tuesday of primaries is filled with intrigue, ranging from sexual indiscretions in South Carolina — and, no, this doesn't involve Mark Sanford, Argentina or the Appalachian Trail — to massages for drug-addicted prisoners in Nevada. We'll also see some interesting tests of the power of the Tea Party movement: It's looking like the GOP establishment candidate in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District has nothing to fear from his six Tea Party challengers, though such groups may succeed in bringing down South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis.


Filed under: 2010 Elections
June 7th, 2010
10:57 AM ET

11,000 barrels of oil collected so far, Coast Guard's Allen says

CNN Wire Staff

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Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's response manager for the oil disaster, said Monday that 11,000 barrels of oil had been collected from the broken well over the previous 24 hours.

He said roughly 120 linear miles of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico have been affected by the spill.

Allen was in Washington to brief President Obama and the Cabinet on the administration's ongoing response to the disaster.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce was set to open shop on the bayou, holding a hearing in Chalmette, Louisiana.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 7th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Gates praises intelligence nominee

CNN Wire Staff

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised national intelligence director nominee James Clapper on Sunday, telling reporters that President Barack Obama "could not have found a better person" for the job.

Speaking to reporters on a trip through Asia, Gates said Clapper - currently a Pentagon intelligence official - has good ties with leaders of other U.S. spy agencies and with the congressional committees that oversee them.

"He is the consummate intelligence professional who has the respect of virtually everybody in the community," Gates said.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
June 7th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Ground zero for oil disaster suffers double whammy from moratorium

Jessica Ravitz

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A liquored-up shrimper, with nothing else to do, lazes about on his docked weathered boat.

A salesman who supplies cleaning agents to oil rigs, primarily the deepwater kind, wonders how he'll get by on 10 percent of his income.

A woman hangs her head in her shutdown roadside bait shed, dreading this year's bills, not knowing how she and her husband will pay them.

These are just some of the faces of this southern Louisiana parish, which in many ways is ground zero for the extended oil disaster's fallout. Their pain is immediate, and most say the rest of the country will soon feel the hurt, too.

In April, before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion changed everything, Lafourche Parish boasted the lowest unemployment rate in the state, 4.4 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - ranking it among the best-off places in the nation.]

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 7th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Coast Guard's Allen: Too early to be 'pleased' with BP progress

CNN Wire Staff

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The federal government's response manager to the Gulf oil disaster said Sunday that BP has made progress, but cautioned it was too early to call the effort a success.

"We're making the right progress. I don't think anyone should be pleased as long as there's oil in the water," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Allen was responding to remarks over the weekend by BP's senior vice president, Bob Fryar, who said the company was "pleased" with its operation to funnel crude up from the ruptured undersea well to a drilling ship a mile above on the Gulf of Mexico.

Fryar said the company funneled about 250,000 gallons of oil in the first 24 hours from a containment cap, installed on the well, to a drilling ship on the ocean surface.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 7th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
June 7th, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Letters to the President #504: "Big words? No. Big deeds!"

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: President Obama continues to be criticized over his handling of the Gulf oil spill. Perhaps it is time to reexamine how his ideals are colliding with reality, in my daily letter to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dear Mr. President,

As I write this, I am sitting in my family room with the dog watching the Blackhawk-Flyers playoff game. Well, to be honest, the dog isn’t paying much attention. She completely missed the first penalty and her judgment about the Hawks’ offense tonight is ridiculous. And I thought Shelties were supposed to be smart!

Accordingly, I will likely keep this relatively short. Sure, being an unpaid, unrequested, and quite possibly unnoticed presidential adviser is serious work, but we’re talking about the Stanley Cup here. And btw, the Blackhawks are looking marvelous here in the starting minutes. Wow! Perfect combination of inspiration, passion, and solid fundamentals.

Speaking of which, I’ve had a number of chats lately with DC scene watchers in which the same theme has emerged, to wit: Too often your White House is long on idealism, and short on practical production; meaning that while you often say the right words about things like the oil spill in the Gulf, when it comes to turning the inspiration into action, the equation gets weak.


June 7th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

New oil plume evidence uncovered

John Couwels

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As if the pictures of birds, fish and animals killed by floating oil in the Gulf of Mexico are not disturbing enough, scientists now say they have found evidence of another danger lurking underwater.

The University of South Florida recently discovered a second oil plume in the northeastern Gulf. The first plume was found by Mississippi universities in early May.

USF has concluded microscopic oil droplets are forming deep water oil plumes. After a week-long analysis of water samples, USF scientists found more oil in deeper water.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • T1
June 7th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Video: Exclusive: Oil rig explosion survivors speak out

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

A CNN exclusive. CNN's Anderson Cooper interviews a group of survivors from the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig. This is the first time a group of survivors has sat together in an interview and spoken publicly about what they went through. Their stories provide perhaps the most detailed account so far of what happened when the rig caught fire and exploded on April 20th. Watch a preview of the interview below. The full interview will air Monday June 7th and Tuesday June 8th at 10pm ET on AC360°.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Gulf Oil Spill
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