Tales from the Trail

White House commission wades into “Deep Water”

January 11, 2011

OILSPILL-BP/COMMISSIONThe great thing about presidential commissions is that they can soberly consider complicated matters and then offer unvarnished reports on what to do. The tough part is when that information rockets around Washington, as occurred after a White House commission issued its final report on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Washington Extra

July 21, 2010

The special relationship has been upgraded. It is now “extraordinary”, “truly special” and “absolutely essential”.
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What does an oiled pelican look like?

July 19, 2010

OIL-SPILL/You’ve probably seen the disturbing images of pelicans so badly mired in leaking oil in the Gulf of Mexico that they can barely be distinguished as birds at all — they look like part of the muck.

Politics beckon again as Obama’s Maine getaway ends

July 18, 2010

After a laid-back family getaway on Maine’s scenic shoreline, it’s back to political reality for President Barack Obama.

At town hall, Ken Feinberg listens to leak victims

By Reuters Staff
June 26, 2010

From Ernest Scheyder in LAROSE, La.:

At a civic center here, newly appointed oil fund administrator Ken Feinberg tried to put to rest concerns that the claims process is inefficient and learn more about the region’s unique economy.

What’s in a name? Will BOE smell sweeter than MMS?

June 22, 2010

KENYA-VOLCANO/EXPORTSShakespeare definitely put it best, in that famous balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet”: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.” But what if the original smell wasn’t so great? Will a name change make a difference?

You won’t believe this – Dems cash in on Republican BP apology

June 18, 2010

Congressional Democrats are quickly trying to cash in on Joe Barton, the Republican lawmaker with ties to the oil industry who apologized to BP on national TV.

First Oval Office address — an “inflection point” on spill – but which way?

June 15, 2010

 

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To underscore how seriously he is taking the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama has chosen to make his nationwide address on the environmental disaster his first speech from the Oval Office, a setting presidents typically reserve for the gravest occasions – President George W. Bush spoke from there after the September 11 attacks, President Bill Clinton announced air strikes on Iraq, and President Ronald Reagan chose the Oval to talk about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

Lockbox may be making a political comeback

June 9, 2010

Republicans may be coming around to former Vice President Al Gore’s way of thinking. Not on climate change, but on the “lockbox.”