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Obama at press conf hits "scandalous" lack of oil industry oversight and "corruption" and lists response (various delays and bans on drilling etc.) Also takes responsibility for not pushing MMS harder but oddly claims did not know about exit of MMS chief today. Hits critics who falsely claim feds not doing enough on responding….Helen Thomas gets to ask "Why are we in Affghan–and don’t give us Bush excuse." He says still threat that terrorists will hit us from there–or something like that.
New twist in "Palin/Joe McGinnis" affair via Politico: neighbor apparently sought out the author when angered by the Palin in money dispute. Also: claim that National Enquirer had wanted to rent house to actually "stalk." Plus, the Palins publish photo of the fence (see left) –The Great Wall of Wasilla?– they hurriedly built to block McGinniss’s view.
Don’t miss: Gen. McChrystal hits McClatchy for its typically tough story this week quoting him calling one area of Afghanistan a "bleeding ulcer." Read why McClatchy is standing by story.
Dave Weigel: Bush’s legal adviser says "Sestak scandal" not that big a deal. Note: At press conf, Obama promised full disclosure very soon. Also: Joe Lieberman might back GOPer in CT senate race…..Food for thought this weekend: NYT cites study finding 1 in 5 drivers in U.S. should not be on the roads….Latest tweet from faux BPGlobalPR: "We are dedicated to helping wildlife in Gulf. Any birds that need cleaning report to 287 Quartemain St, Baton Rouge, LA."
Obama overnight suspends Arctic oil drilling. Will Mount St. Palin blow? … .NYT reveals that just before oil right blast, BP chose, for financial reasons, to use riskier sealing method for the well. ….. McClatchy: BP worker on board rig when exploded takes the Fifth before federal panel….. Pro Publica: More reports of illnesses from the Gulf emerge.