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Top Kill's Failure Marks Obama's Stalling Point

Spill is Obama's Iranian hostage crisis, writes David Brooks

(Newser) - The failure of BP's top kill marks the moment the Obama presidency went from "lightning advance" to "nasty stasis," writes David Brooks. The sweeping changes of his first 16 months in office have been accomplished and the president is now faced with intractable problems and stalled legislation,... More »

Obama Scrambles to Distance Himself From BP

AG Eric Holder to visit Gulf Coast today

(Newser) - The Obama administration has little choice but to work closely with BP on the Gulf oil spill but it's doing its best to make it clear that the relationship isn't cozy. Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to the Gulf Coast today to meet with prosecutors ahead of a possible... More »

BP Turns to Containment Valve

Experts think containment valve might make things worse

(Newser) - BP is hurriedly devising yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers and containment devices to fight the worst oil spill in US history, after the most ambitious bid yet to stop the Gulf of Mexico gusher ended in failure. Now, BP hopes to saw through a pipe leading out... More »

US Watches Top Kill, Waits

Millions captivated by the spillcam look for progress

(Newser) - Two days after BP began a risky effort to plug its gushing oil well, company officials said the operation was going as planned but offered few details, leaving it up to the millions glued to its "spillcam" to speculate whether the top kill was working. Most experts saw incremental... More »

Top Kill Working for Now (Again)

'Junk shot' has also been deployed

(Newser) - BP has fired off its “junk shot” and resumed pumping heavy fluid into the spewing Deepwater Horizon well, which appears to have staunched the flow of oil, Adm. Thad Allen, who's in charge of overseeing the spill for the Coast Guard, said today on Good Morning America, though he... More »

'Top Kill' Stops Oil Flow Into Gulf

But Coast Guard won't call it a success until the cement is in

(Newser) - BP's “top kill” plan has at least temporarily stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard admiral in charge of overseeing the spill said this morning. The drilling fluid engineers pumped into the pipe yesterday has blocked all oil and gas from the well,... More »

BP Caves, Agrees to Show 'Top Kill' Attempt

Obama: 'Plug the damn hole'

(Newser) - BP has bowed to pressure from an increasingly ticked-off White House and reversed an earlier decision to cut off a live video feed as it attempts a top kill maneuver to plug the Gulf oil leak. The company—slammed by lawmakers yesterday after executives said the feed would be cut... More »

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