June 1st, 2010
10:09 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil, Israel and primaries

New Yorkers protest Israel's raid on an aid flotilla into Gaza.

Crisis in the Gulf: It's day 43, six weeks after oil begun gushing from a broken underwater pipe in the Gulf of Mexico, and BP is again trying to use a dome to funnel some of the crude to the surface. Robots began cutting wells Tuesday. BP has said the maneuvers may increase the flow of oil. Meanwhile, shares of the company plummeted in the U.S. and overseas.

An Obama administration official has warned that the worst oil spill in U.S. history might not be capped until August. The president is meeting today with former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida and former EPA Administrator William Reilly, the co-chairs of a new presidential commission investigating how to prevent another oil spill. Attorney General Eric Holder will visit the Gulf Coast to talk with federal and state prosecutors. On Monday, the federal government ordered another 1,200 square miles of the Gulf closed to fishing, extending the restricted zone toward the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi. The big question now: If it wanted to, could the Obama administration take over the cleanup?

Global rallies against Israel: Protests against Israel have sprung up around the world a day after Israeli commandos raided an aid flotilla bound for Gaza and seized more than 600 activists aboard. The U.N. Security Council said it regretted that civilians were killed in the incident. The body also condemned Israel's actions, which are believed to have soured the country's relations with Turkey, the only nation in the region that is friendly with Israel. Hundreds of taxi drivers gathered in Istanbul to rally, New Zealanders are planning a protest in Auckland, thousands gathered in London, and large crowds held signs in New York and San Francisco. Thousands clashed with police outside the Israeli Embassy in Paris.

Major primaries: Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico hold primaries Tuesday, and voters in one state may make history. Rep. Artur Davis faces off against Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in Alabama's Democratic gubernatorial contest. If Davis wins, he will become the state's first African-American Democratic nominee for governor. If Davis is elected in November, he will become Alabama's first black governor. In New Mexico, Rep. Parker Griffith made national headlines late last year by switching his party affiliation from the Democrats to the GOP, but two fellow Republicans, who label him a flip-flopper for his party swap, are challenging him. In Mississippi, Angela McGlowan is trying to become the first black Republican member of the House since JC Watts.


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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    "Robots began cutting wells Tuesday" >>>>> WARNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    the new method to be used by BP to (just try to) stop the oil spill (cut the oil riser, near the wellhead's top, and put a valve with a pipe to pump up the oil to surface) has the main goal to "save the BP oil" (like all other, failed, methods used so far) but, this time, if the second part of the attempt (plug the just cutted riser) will FAIL, there will be NO FAST OR EASY WAY to stop the oil spill for at least TWO-THREE MONTHS, since, without the riser, BP can't no longer adopt other, simpler, methods to stop the oil leak!
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    this kind of operation should be accomplished with the wellhead oil valves CLOSED, while, now, BP wants to plug a new oil riser while the oil flows at VERY HIGH PRESSURE, then, this is a thing that has a VERY HIGH probability to FAIL, as explained here:
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    http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    June 1, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. damiao

    In fact this is a hard situation, straight of Gaza is a really hard place to live, conflicts and violence. http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com

    June 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    please look at this BP's live video that shows how BP owns a giant idraulic clamp able to SHRINK and CLOSE the oil riser (to reduce the oil leak to 5-10% or even to zero!!!!) but, in lastest 40+ days, BP has NEVER used it, while, has always used only methods able to "save" its oil and continue to pump up it, spilling over 100,000,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf's sea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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    bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/homepage/STAGING/local_assets/bp_homepage/html/rov_stream.html
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    that's why BP has NEVER adopted other good ideas to STOP the oil leak in a matter of DAYS, like those I've suggested them for over three weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    June 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David Hoo

    To dramatically speed up the relief well effort, why not do it at a much shallower depth, like 3,000 feet, in June instead of 18,000 feet in August.

    Either convert one of the two relief well efforts to this or start a third relief well drilling immediately!

    June 2, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |