Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance a cause, President Barack
Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars
in tax breaks for oil and pass a clean-energy bill that he says would
help the nation end its dependence on fossil fuels.
Former Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau withdrew on
Tuesday from his role overseeing the city's efforts to improve the
hiring of black and Hispanic firefighters, citing the city's
"resentment" of him.
The House on Friday voted to extend unemployment benefits to people
mired in joblessness but cut off help with health insurance for the
newly unemployed. Money to assist with health insurance was among the
tens of billions of dollars trimmed from programs introduced in last
year's economic stimulus bill.
A day after saying "I take responsibility" for handling the biggest oil
spill in U.S. history, President Barack Obama was heading to coastal
Louisiana for an update on efforts to stop the flow of crude into the
Gulf of Mexico and to clean up the mess.
Escalating his administration's response to the disastrous Gulf oil
spill, President Barack Obama plans to announce Thursday that a
moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits will be continued for
six months while a presidential commission investigates, a White House
Senior managers complained oil giant BP was "taking shortcuts" by
replacing heavy drilling fluid with saltwater in the well that blew
out, triggering the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according
to witness statements obtained by The Associated Press.