On the Radar: June 17, 2010

BP Chief to Express Contrition in Remarks to Panel
By Jackie Calmes and Helene Cooper, The New York Times
BP’s embattled chief executive, Tony Hayward, prepared to tell Congress on Thursday that he was “deeply sorry” for the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, seeking to demonstrate that he and the oil giant understood the enormity of the spill’s environmental, economic and human toll.  Continue Reading

Obama's Gulf Coast restoration plan is short on details
By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post 
President Obama made an ambitious promise Tuesday to bring the Gulf Coast's habitat back to health. How and when that will happen is another matter. Continue Reading

Red ink, not oil, is the best focus for Obama 
By David S. Broder, The Washington Post   
Far be it from me to tell the crew of public relations officials who now occupy those West Wing offices as a reward for running one of the best presidential campaigns anyone has ever seen, but . . .     Continue Reading

Obama's Mixed Afghanistan Message   
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times 
The news from Afghanistan has been bad lately. The military campaign to win control of Kandahar, the country's second-largest city, has slowed to a crawl. Taliban insurgents have filtered back into parts of southern Afghanistan that U.S. Marines had cleared in the spring.  Continue Reading

Rethinking Part of the American Dream    
By David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal   
It's time to have a serious conversation about the American approach to home ownership and mortgages. A system once celebrated for putting so many families into their own homes and for making mortgages so widely available has become, as one housing economist puts it, "a case study in failure."  Continue reading


Posted: Thu, 06/17/2010 - 2:20pm