June 18th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, stimulus, days with dad

Gulf oil disaster - As oil continued gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's ruptured deepwater well Friday, the political firestorm sparked by the environmental disaster showed no signs of slowing. Lawmakers said many questions remained after BP CEO Tony Hayward faced a bipartisan barrage of criticism during a heated day of testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill. "It was frustrating, not just to me but to the American people," Rep. Bart Stupak said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."

Across the pond, reaction was mixed: British commentators and media were split by the performance of the BP boss, with some analysts backing Hayward and others criticizing his performance and approach.

In Florida,  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that it will use aerial flights to check on manatees and other wildlife as staff monitors the flow of the black crude across the Gulf. Officials worry that would-be rescuers face a difficult task trying to save such a large population of manatees as the animals leave Florida and spread out along the Gulf Coast.

Stimulus push - The Obama administration's economic stimulus program has allocated $620 billion so far and created or saved at least 2.3 million jobs, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. Biden helped kick off what the White House calls "Recovery Summer," a six-week push to highlight what the administration says will be jobs created this summer and fall by a surge in federal stimulus spending.

On Friday, President Obama travels to Columbus, Ohio, to mark the groundbreaking of what's touted as the 10,000th Recovery Act road project. Then on Monday, Biden visits Midland, Michigan, for the groundbreaking of a new advanced battery manufacturing facility, which was made possible by a $161 million stimulus grant awarded last year.

Days with his father - Phil Toledano, a professional freelance photographer, took care of his father for three years after his mother died. His father had dementia, and Toledano began taking photos chronicling their time together on a website, dayswithmyfather.com. CNN talks to Toledano about what the time was like.

The new technology? - Goodbye computer mouse, keyboard and monitor. Say hello to a new, simpler era of human-computer interaction - this time with no clunky hardware standing between you and digital information. In this new world, there are options aplenty. Instead of sliding a mouse across your desk, you could just point at whatever you'd like to select. Instead of pecking away at a keyboard, you could say what you're thinking. And instead of glaring at a big screen all day, why not project that information on the surface of your contact lenses? None of this is science fiction. These ideas are here today - some of them in research labs and others already on store shelves.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    despite the BP's claims that, now, they "collect more oil", the BP's live video of the wellhead, CLEARLY show that it gushes EXACTLY the same amount of oil (up to 60,000 barrels per day) of the early days, if not MORE:
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    deepwaterbp.com
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    read the (just published) update of my article, with my NEW idea to STOP the oil spill NOW, reusing (in a different way) the giant BP "dome" already used in the (failed) first attempt to fix the oil leak:
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    http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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    June 18, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    The Republican Lawmakers Strike Back!

    In a direct response to the shame heaped upon Republican Texan Congressman Joe Barton. During his opening remark during yesterdays Congressional Energy Hearing Joe Barton for several minutes emphatically apologized to BP and to BP's CEO Tony Hayward for what he felt to be strong arm tactics being used by President Obama to have BP place 20 BILLION dollars into a private Oil Spill relief escrow fund.

    Today, the US Republican Senators continuously filibustered a funding bill to extend needed Cobra medical benefits for millions of unemployed Americans, filibustered extending unemployment to thousands of unemployed Americans.

    As a direct result of this latest Republican filibuster, a 21 percent cut in doctor fees paid by Medicare would take effect, raising the prospect that some physicians might refuse Medicare patients. Tens of thousands of Americans who have exhausted their jobless benefits would not be eligible for more.

    States counting on $24 billion in federal aid for help with health costs might have to make up the shortfall. And a host of tax breaks benefiting businesses and individuals would not be renewed. In addition, new taxes on wealthy investment managers would not be imposed, along with an increase in liability taxes on oil companies, leading Democrats to contend that Republicans were protecting Wall Street and the oil industry.

    “They said yes to the special interest groups they always stand by,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat.

    The Republican party filibustered in a lock step fashion to NOT allow the passage of a increase in liability taxes on Oil Companys!!!

    Although Joe Barton stated he was speaking for himself and later apologized for his extremely rude and jealous remark towards President Obama, viewers of the ongoing hearing noticed the entire rank and file of the Republican lawmakers gathered and in the audience were nodding their heads with distinct approval. All Joe Barton stated was that which ALL Republican lawmakers were muttering when President Obama convinced BP to put up 20 Billion dollars rather than have the American Taxpayers pay that.

    Republican lawmakers switchboards were deluged by angry American's and today it appears The Republican Lawmakers struck back against all Americans as they read phone books to their fellow US Senators in filibustering this urgently needed bill rather than allowing it to be voted on.

    June 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Can we see the 3-D map of all the plumes. And why don't we attack it where it where the major plumes surface, before they get too far away from us, and start floating toward the shore?

    June 19, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jenknis N Louisiana

    I would LOVE to know why the hell NO ONE has brought Gen. Honore out of retirement to handle this. I know he may break some rule BUT to HELL rules if itstops him. BRING HIM IN AND GET ALLEN " OUT " NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jenkins Louisiana

    Bring the BEST man for the job in HONORE. Get allen OUT and let him retire

    June 21, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |