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June 18th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

BP boycotts hurt local stations; gas giant offers help

Derrick Ho
Special to CNN

Atlanta BP protest organizer Monica Manuel demonstrates outside a gas station Saturday.

Atlanta BP protest organizer Monica Manuel demonstrates outside a gas station Saturday.

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - About a dozen protesters gathered Saturday morning under a BP gas station sign in metro Atlanta, Georgia, picketing and cheering as motorists who drove by honked.

The demonstration was one of dozens happening in cities as part of the "Worldwide BP Protest Day," a Facebook group that claims to have more than 350,000 supporters.

"I don't ever intend to use BP again," said Atlanta resident Monica Manuel who held up a cardboard sign, "Boycott big polluters."

Another protester, Ruth Resnicow, said it was devastating to see the wildlife on the Gulf Coast being affected by the worst oil disaster in U.S. history. "The oiled pelican has been a logo of the disaster. People need to see change."

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 18th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
June 18th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
June 18th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Video: BP whistleblower testifies

Anderson Cooper
CNN Correspondent


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 18th, 2010
10:34 AM ET
June 18th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Letter to the President #515: 'A few thoughts on optimism'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Truth is, it’s nice when things go right now and then, and in fairness I think when we get a lot of bad news (as we have lately) we can all use reminders of how good we have it in this country, and how much reason we have for optimism

Truth is, it’s nice when things go right now and then, and in fairness I think when we get a lot of bad news (as we have lately) we can all use reminders of how good we have it in this country, and how much reason we have for optimism

Reporter's Note: President Obama is hard at work again this week, and considering how many problems he is facing, it might be easy for him to despair. Fortunately, he has my daily letters for encouragement…or at least as a distraction.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, believe it or not, I have yet another new phone! As you may recall my cell phones have been having fatal accidents with more regularity than mob informants lately. To recap the action: One was crushed beneath the wheels of my auto in a car wash after falling off of my belt; the next one was dunked in a sink full of dishes; and the last one…well, nothing actually happened, it just went crazy. Kind of like an aunt I had who decided she was a llama for one extremely hot week one August. “Agh! I’m burning up! Take me back to the mountains of Peru!” We avoided the flight, but did have to keep her tied with a halter to the back porch for a few days eating fistfuls of grass.

But I digress. The touch screen on that last phone periodically started rejecting and/or misinterpreting my touches with no warning, so that the commands I was trying to give it became more like insane suggestions. My younger daughter would text “I’m on the way home,” and when I tried to reply, the phone would inexplicably dial some guy named Lars in Belgium…or something like that.

Anyway, I took it back to the phone folks fearing that I was simply going to be out of luck in the whole refund/repair/warranty department, but they didn’t put up the slightest fight; just gave me a new phone with a big smile and sent me on my way. Not to be cynical, but it kind of makes me wonder what they are up to. Ha! Just kidding.

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Filed under: Letters to the President • Opinion • Tom Foreman
June 18th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

BP executive failed to answer questions, lawmakers say

CNN Wire Staff

Legislators accuse BP chief of evasiveness

Legislators accuse BP chief of evasiveness

As oil continued gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's ruptured deepwater well Friday, the political firestorm sparked by the environmental disaster showed no signs of slowing.

Lawmakers said many questions remained after BP CEO Tony Hayward faced a bipartisan barrage of criticism during a heated day of testimony on Capitol Hill.

"It was frustrating, not just to me but to the American people," Rep. Bart Stupak said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."

U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's oil disaster response manager, is expected to brief reporters on cleanup efforts Friday morning.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • T1
June 18th, 2010
01:14 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 6/17/10

Editor's Note: After Thursday's show feedback was still overwhelmingly about the oil disaster. Viewers are disgusted at what is happening to the gulf and some ask why it is that the drilling is so far down to begin with when it is apparent that if something goes wrong, they cannot fix it at that depth.
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I am disgusted by what is happening in the Gulf. I watched CNN most of the day... First, why isn't MMS required to be at the hearings? It is part of the US government; can't someone make them show up? Also, couldn't Tony Hayward have brought someone with him that could answer at least a few of the questions?

Why does no-one mention that the REASON that this oil well was located over 5000 feet of ocean is that voters did NOT want to see the oil rigs closer to shore? Therefore we have rigs located far off-shore where leaks become so much more difficult to correct?

Anderson...I watched your show tonight to see Trace Adkins. I couldn't agree more with what Trace had to say. But I've got a question for you; you were saying that Hayward was anything but transparent today at the Congressional hearing. Why don't you question or comment on the lack of transparency the Obama administration has shown since they took office?


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