On the Radar: June 1, 2010

Deadline for reviewing oil drilling proposal's impact may be flexible
By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post
Ever since BP's Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, Obama administration officials have argued that their ability to subject drilling operations to extensive environmental reviews has been limited by a tight federally established timeline. That timeline, they say, requires them to reach a decision on the exploration plan proposals put forward by oil companies within 30 days.  Continue Reading...

W.H. lacks slick spokesperson
By Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO
Thad Allen talks “top kill.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visits the Gulf. But sometimes “energy czar” Carol Browner is the one making the rounds of TV news shows. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is often mentioned, but rarely seen. Continue reading...  

Raid Complicates U.S. Ties and Push for Peace
By Helene Cooper and Ethan Bronner, The New York Times
Israel’s deadly commando raid on Monday on a flotilla trying to break a blockade of Gaza complicated President Obama’s efforts to move ahead on Middle East peace negotiations and introduced a new strain into an already tense relationship between the United States and Israel. Continue Reading...

Israeli troops raid aid flotilla headed for Gaza, killing nine 
By Janine Zacharia, The Washington Post
A nighttime Israeli naval operation to seize control of an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip ended in a fatal melee on Monday as passengers battled with helicopter-borne Israeli commandos aboard a ship sailing on international waters. At least nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed.  Continue Reading...

The BP spill: Obama's Katrina?
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Is the BP oil spill turning into President Obama's equivalent of Hurricane Katrina, a disaster that will scar the rest of his presidency? Not quite; not yet. In 2005, when Katrina flooded New Orleans, the federal government's tragically inadequate response became a symbol of then-President George W. Bush's inattention to the hard work of managing the nation's domestic business.  Continue Reading...

Voters hate partisan sniping, but fuel its growth
By Charles Babington, Associated Press  
People say they don't like partisan gridlock in Washington. But they're voting in ways almost certain to increase it, by punishing politicians who cooperate with the opposing party and rewarding ideological purity that pushes both sides to the fringes. In the past few weeks, Democratic voters have ousted one of Congress' best-known centrists, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and forced another, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, into a difficult primary runoff  June 8.  Continue Reading...

Posted: Tue, 06/01/2010 - 11:18am