September 15th, 2010
09:17 AM ET

On the Radar: Tea Party, Gulf oil, BP, Tropical Storm Karl

Tea Party victories - The Tea Party movement basked in the glow of victory Wednesday after its favorites won two primary elections the night before over more mainstream Republicans, demonstrating again the clout of the political right.

Now the question is whether the right-wing candidates can also defeat Democratic rivals in November's congressional elections, when the stakes are higher and the full electorate is deciding.  The result highlighted the last major day of primary voting before the upcoming election in just under seven weeks. We take a look at the result and impact of the big races in Delaware, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C. and New York, as well as why the wins meant a big night for Sarah Palin.

And our columnists and analysts weigh on why Christine O'Donnell's win is good for Dems, why midterms matter, and what these races mean for the general election in November.

Gulf oil and BP - Outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward was due to appear Wednesday before a British parliamentary committee investigating the implications of the Gulf oil disaster on deepwater drilling.

Meanwhile, researchers in the Gulf of Mexico say they found an oily layer as thick as two inches coating the sea floor in some places, and they believe it may be from the BP spill.

Hurricane Karl – Tropical Storm Karl approached hurricane strength as it closed in on the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

A tropical storm warning was in place from Chetumal to Cabo Catoche. A tropical storm watch was called for northern Belize. At 5 a.m. ET, Karl had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph) and it was traveling west-northwest at 13 mph (21 kph), gaining 20 mph overnight. A storm becomes a hurricane when it reaches sustained winds of 75 mph.

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  1. ::: BreakingNewsBlog.us :::

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    has the Press already forgot the 9/11 of the Gulf of Mexico???
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    and... the tool able to stop the oil spill in the early days of May
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    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-472981
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    September 15, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
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      >>> why NASA can't rely on "commercial space" >>> http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-484322
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      September 15, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. philipe12

    Who?

    September 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chillipepper

    Repubicans are going the way of the wig party. Tea Party is the new wave!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |