As President Obama struggled to assert control over what seems to be an uncontrollable situation, I had the chance to assess the unspooling oil disaster dilemma this week by talking to folks living with it, and folks watching from afar.

The Rundown is covering Thursday's congressional subcommittee hearing on the oil leak (View complete coverage.), featuring testimony by BP CEO Tony Hayward. We'll offer updates (all times ET) and insights from the NewsHour news desk, as well…

BP has started flaring, or burning, some of the oil it siphons out of the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported this week. Energy giant BP PLC said it had burned 52,500 gallons…

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