If you are having trouble getting your oil spill-related claim paid, visit DisasterAssistance.govAfter 50 years of covering the White House, Helen Thomas resigned today at the age 89 amid a wave of controversy regarding a statements she made ( video) regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict.Up to 460,000 gallons of oil a day are being captured by “Cut & Cap”, but the feds estimate anywhere that amount only accounts for 37-77% of the crude still gushing into the Gulf. And settle in for a long, painful ride… Adm. Thad Allen, the commander in charge of the federal response, acknowledges that even a best case scenario (a successful relief well being completed in August) still means dealing with this catastrophe well into the fall, if not longer.There’s little appetite out there for BP’s $50 million PR campaign, and they aren’t just plastering the airwaves and newspapers with ads, they’re buying search terms from the major search engines in hopes of driving info-seekers to their own website. Over half of the federal judges where spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to Big Oil. And if history is any guide, don’t expect to see BP’s CEO being frog-marched regardless of what criminal charges stick.The life that BP CEO Tony Hayward wants back: a multi-million dollar salary, no work on weekends, and he never misses a holiday. Plus, how a gay escort service helped him get there.Frank Rich: Don’t Get Mad, Mr. President. Get Even.More heartbreaking news on the economy… 46% of those unemployed have been out of work for 6 months or longer, making it harder and harder to land a job. A gross new phenomenon: want ads stating that the unemployed need not apply. And according to Robert Reich, if we’re going to avoid a double dip recession, we need more government stimulus, tax cuts for the middle class, and tax hikes for the rich.MORE >>>
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