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Obama agenda: The BP investigation

Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of a criminal and civil investigation into the oil spill “follows calls by numerous lawmakers -- including some of Capitol Hill’s toughest oil industry critics -- for criminal inquiries,” The Hill writes. “In a letter sent last month, eight members of the Environment and Public Works Committee asked Holder to probe whether BP made ‘false and misleading statements to the federal government regarding its ability to respond to oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.’”

“Oil from BP's out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, forecasters said yesterday, as public anger surged over the country's worst environmental disaster ever,” the New York Post writes.

“BP's engineers can't stop the gushing oil spill, but a young genius from Long Island says she found the solution in less time than it takes most people to finish a crossword puzzle,” the New York Post writes. “[She] proposes surrounding a pipe with deflated automobile tires, inserting it into the leaking riser, and then inflating the wheels to form a seal,” and calls it the “seabed reatread.”


The Daily News has a grisly account of “what President Obama didn't see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds.”

“The Obama administration ignored international pressure to condemn Israel on Tuesday, backing the Jewish state's Gaza blockade and its right to protect itself,” the Daily News writes.

“A plurality of Americans said they would prefer Republicans to leave the new healthcare law alone and not repeal any parts of it” according to a new “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair poll, The Hill reports.

“President Barack Obama may use Congress’ Memorial Day break to use recess appointments to install a handful of pending nominees,” Roll Call writes.