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TV drama this afternoon, as BP’s Hayward grilled by Congress, with Rep. Waxman accusing him of "stonewalling/." Still denies underwater oil plumes and says disperants safe … Dick Armey latest GOPer to, somehow, slam BP’s $20 billion promise. Michelle Bachmann agrees.
Rep. Joe Barton at hearing called it a White House "shakedown," which WH called "shameful." Barton got at least $1.4 million in oil donations. Pat Buchanan calls his statement "courageous." Fox, as arm of GOP, edits out Barton’s statement. Barton later apologizes for apology– apology for that apology TK.
Keith Olbermann writes that he’ll stop posting at DailyKos — for a bit — due to harsh and he feels unfair criticism of his slamming of Obama’s energy speech this week… Meanwhile, Politico notes that Tea Party facing tougher scrutiny with three books coming out from unfriendlies (it doesn’t even mention a Will Bunch book) soon.
He’s baaack: Remember Dale Peterson, the Alabama candidate for Ag Commisioner, whose wild campaign ad went viral? Now he’s returned to endorse a former rival, firing off a shotgun to make a point!
Fred Thompson on Daily Show tonight—interview might last longer than his race for president.
–THURSDAY’S NUGGETY GOODNESS
LEAK WORSE? Mother Jones: New expert claims that BP oil leak is "unstoppable" because pipes under the floor have already burst or leaked. Talking Points Memo chart on ever-increasing estimates of BP oil leak. Dick Armey latest GOPer to, somehow, slam BP’s $20 billion promise. Today’s smile: Rep. John Boehner bought a lot of BP stock last year… Stephen Colbert on Twitter: "In honor of oil-soaked birds, ‘tweets’ are now ‘gurgles.’ "
AFGHAN STRATEGY Typically strong Landay-Youseff McClatchy story on this subject, "Experts: U.S. Has No Long-Term Political Strategy for Afghanistan." But hey, it’s only been eight years or so.