On the Radar: June 4, 2010

Obama Cancels Pacific Trip as Spill Concerns Mount
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
President Obama canceled his trip to Australia, Indonesia and Guam late Thursday night as oil continued to stream into the Gulf of Mexico in what he has called the worst environmental disaster in American history.  Continue Reading...

White House is feeling weight of controversies surrounding oil spill, elections 
By Dan Balz, The Washington Post
At virtually every turn lately, the White House cannot shake the appearance that it is hamstrung and a step behind. From a major crisis such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to smaller and seemingly avoidable controversies over internal Democratic Party politics, President Obama and his team are on the defensive.   Continue Reading...

Firms operating offshore will have to give information about risks, precautions, MMS says
By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post
The federal agency overseeing offshore energy exploration announced Wednesday that it would require companies operating offshore to provide additional information about the potential risks and safety precautions in their drilling plans. Regulators have failed to demand such disclosures even in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, according to evidence obtained by The Washington Post.   Continue Reading...

The Backward Party
By John Dickerson, SLATE Magazine
The Obama Partisanship Meter took another small jump today. When last we checked the needle, President Obama had tweaked Republicans at a Democratic fundraiser, using pointed language to blame them for doing nothing to help improve the economy. It was an escalation in his rhetoric, but it was delivered to a partisan crowd. Today, in a noncampaign event, Obama made his critique more explicit.   Continue Reading...

Israel's only friend
By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times 
The Obama administration's gamble is that by offering Netanyahu support when he needs it most, the U.S. may yet give him the courage to change his path.  Continue Reading...

Israel's Netanyahu maintains defiance amid criticism over Gaza blockade 
By Janine Zacharia, The Washington Post
When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered his angry response to a cascade of international condemnation of Israel on Wednesday, he spoke first in Hebrew to a domestic Israeli audience. Choosing to address his home constituency, rather than the broader world, was a sign of his continued willingness to accept international ire as the price of upholding policies that are broadly supported at home. Continue Reading...

White House defends dealmaking in political races
By Charles Babington, Associated Press 
The White House scrambled Thursday to explain new revelations of political dealmaking, defending attempts to steer state primary races but saying the president was unaware an aide had urged a Colorado Democrat to seek a federal job rather than run.  Continue Reading...

White House Talk Lightens Tone of Dispute on Immigration Law
By Helene Cooper, The New York Times
President Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona have not been shy in taking jabs at each other over immigration policy. But their meeting Thursday in the Oval Office appeared to change the tone — if not the substance — of their dispute.  Continue Reading...

 

 

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