Struggling to show leadership in a crisis, President Barack Obama is
embarking on a three-state tour of Gulf Coast states tainted by oil
before speaking to the nation about the country's worst environmental
disaster and what to expect in the weeks ahead.
Thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers suing New York City over
their exposure to clouds of pulverized glass and cement at the World
Trade Center site have to decide whether they have more faith in their
lawyers or Congress.
The nation's minority population is steadily rising and now makes up 35
percent of the United States, advancing an unmistakable trend that
could make minorities the new American majority by midcentury.
BP said Thursday it plans to increase the amount of oil captured
from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico by early next week as the
Obama administration announced that the oil giant agreed to speed up
payments to people whose livelihoods have been washed away by the spill.
BP shares fell Thursday in London as U.S. politicians pressed the
British oil company to halt its dividend payments and fork out greater
compensation for American workers and companies devastated by the
massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
President Barack Obama turned his attention back to health care Tuesday
with a pitch to skeptical seniors as the White House moved to boost
public acceptance of the overhaul ahead of crucial midterm elections.