On the Radar: June 2, 2010

Administration may have more time to review oil-drilling proposals than it says
By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post
Ever since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, Obama administration officials have argued that their ability to subject potential drilling operations to extensive environmental reviews has been limited by a federally established deadline.    Continue Reading...

Getting Out of the Box
By John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine
How do we judge a president in crisis? There are those things about the Gulf oil spill for which Obama is blamed but for which he and the administration are not at fault, like the inability to stop the flow of oil. There are those things for which he is responsible but not at fault, like the long nightmare of federal bureaucracy that allowed the technology for deep-water drilling to get so far ahead of the technology to stop a leak or clean it up.  Continue reading...  

U.S. Opens Criminal Inquiry Into Oil Spill
By Helene Cooper and Peter Baker, The New York Times
The Obama administration said Tuesday that it had begun civil and criminal investigations into the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as the deepening crisis threatened to define President Obama’s second year in office. Continue Reading...

Nations decry Israel's blockade of Gaza 
By Janine Zacharia, The Washington Post
Israel's botched and deadly commando raid on an aid flotilla has set off widespread international criticism of the Gaza blockade, with popular opinion in many countries swinging heavily against Israel and even the United States urging its ally to find new ways to allow aid shipments to reach the Palestinians.  Continue Reading...

Supreme Court: Suspects must assert right to silence 
By Joan Biskupic, USA Today 
A divided Supreme Court scaled back the well-known Miranda right Tuesday and enhanced prosecutors' ability to assert that a suspect waived his right to remain silent even when he did not say so. By a 5-4 vote, the justices said that once rights have been read and questioning begun, a suspect must clearly declare that he wants to remain silent and cannot simply be silent.    Continue Reading...

Gores Announce They’re Separating After 40 Years of Marriage  
By Edwin Chen, Bloomberg News  
Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, announced yesterday they have made the “mutually supportive” decision to separate after 40 years of marriage.     Continue Reading...

Posted: Wed, 06/02/2010 - 12:39pm