July 14th, 2010
09:40 AM ET
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09:30 AM ET

Hopes high for cap on well, but testing delayed

CNN Wire Staff

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BP was set to continue reviewing testing procedures Wednesday, a day after delaying crucial "integrity tests" on a new stacking cap placed on its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil giant had expected the tests - to check pressure in the well and determine if it can be sealed once and for all - to get under way Tuesday afternoon.

But late Tuesday night, officials announced that additional analysis of the well testing procedure was needed. The move followed a meeting with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his team of advisers. The decision was made by the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, which includes government agencies as well as BP.

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July 14th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letter to the President #541: 'Two pieces of paper'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The President’s party is bracing for trouble this fall, which, as I suggest in today’s letter, means he better be, too.

Dear Mr. President,

At this moment, if I were in your chair, I would be looking at two pieces of paper on my desk. Well, in all honesty, if I were in your chair what I’d probably do first is say, “Wow! I’m in the Oval Office! How the heck did I wind up here?” Which is probably what a fair number of presidents have privately said at some point.

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But back to those two pieces of paper. On the first, I would write down my plan for the next two years if the Democrats maintain control of the House and Senate this fall.

And take this for a given: you can’t just stick with the plan from the first year-and-a-half or so of your term. I say that because even with your party running the show it has been surprisingly chaotic. Half the time it’s seems like you’re the only team on the court and yet you still run around like a it’s some kind of Three Stooges movie trying to figure out how to win. I’m not trying to be rude, but it’s baffling.


July 14th, 2010
01:59 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 7/13/10

Editor's Note: After Tuesday's show, feedback was overwhelmingly about Haiti. Viewers appreciated Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta going back to Haiti and following up on what is going on there. Many thanks were heard for the segment following the monies that were pledged and the actual given amounts from the different countries and plenty were disgusted to hear about the donated food and other items that are stuck in warehouses or at airports not being allowed to be distributed to those that need it.

Thank you for all the coverage regarding Haiti – I am deeply saddened to see and hear of the delays and its impact on the Haitian People. Please continue your coverage. Hug the children and those who are hurting – they deserve better. God Bless the people of Haiti.

Anderson, I commend you for "keeping them honest." However, as I sit here in the comfort of my living room, with a roof over my head, food in my belly, my children safe in their beds, I find myself yelling at the TV with a mixture of total frustration, disbelief and outrage that food sits in warehouses, equipment stands idle, and promised monies have not been delivered, most shamefully from my country, the United States of America, due to what? I still cannot comprehend what? Petty corruption? Seriously? That's the reason? Or an inability for various factions to coordinate? And you mean to tell me that not one so-called "super power” like my own country, cannot intervene, simply on the basis of basic human compassion? Appalling.

Dear Anderson, What you and Dr. Sanjay are doing is incredibly important. No one else is going to do this. Don't stop. You've made me really respect CNN. Thanks.

The program on Haiti is great. It shows that the government is not doing what it should to help its citizens. No money should be given to line their pockets.

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