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Obama Starts Being President

Check out my latest column for POLITICO, which appeared this afternoon. It’s called “President Obama Starts Acting Like a President, giving him credit for suddenly taking the Gulf oil spill pretty darn seriously. Hope you enjoy.

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Gibbs Suggests Barton Should Resign Post

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Thursday sought to ratchet up the pressure on Republicans and further highlight potentially politically damaging statements by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) by suggesting that Barton should resign as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. From today’s briefing. GIBBS: I think Republicans are going to have to ask themselves whether Congressman Barton should be the ranking member

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Obama and BP Whack the Small People

President Obama, who is visiting BP headquarters in Houston to continue the BP ass kicking he began at the White House June 16, is led by BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg into a large banquet hall. The president is seated next to Svanberg in the middle of an extremely long table filled with pitchers of wine, whole fish, roasted fowl, immense slabs of beef, baskets of

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Gibbs Rams Barton for ‘Shakedown’ Apology

The White House today pounced on what it clearly sees as a nice and wide political opening, blasting Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the powerful ranking member of the House Energy panel, for apologizing to testifying BP executives for what he called a “shakedown” of the company. White House Press Secretary Gibbs put the pressure squarely on the GOP to distance itself from Barton’s comments or

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Obama Morning News || June 17, 2010

BP Pledges $20B for Claims Fund . . . POLITICO Administering the BP Fund, a Master Mediator . . . New York Times Restoration Plan a Huge Undertaking . . . Los Angeles Times Gulf Coast Restoration Plan Short on Details . . . Washington Post Obama Picks “Son of the Gulf” to Lead Restoration . . . McClatchy Newspapers Science on Drill Ban Questioned

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