At a Senate hearing in Washington today, three companies pointed fingers at one another for what’s shaping up as a world-class disaster. Democrats, as well as Republicans, said offshore oil drilling still makes sense—if it’s made safer. Forensic investigators now report there were warnings of trouble and arguments over how to proceed before the deadly explosions 3 weeks ago. In the Gulf itself, the oil slick continues to grow as changing winds are pushing it west toward Louisiana. And on Reporter's Notebook.... will other states follow Arizona’s example?
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Conservatives and Liberal Democrats appear to crafting a new British Government from the so-called “hung Parliament” that developed from last week’s close election. Despite being number two in the voting, Labor seems to be out.
Tony Travers, Professor of Politics, London School of Economics
At a Senate hearing in Washington today, BP, Transocean and Halliburton each blamed the others for the deadly explosion on the oil rig called Deepwater Horizon 3 weeks ago.
Arizona has taken a lot of political heat for the new immigration law that’s led to warnings about racial profiling. That has not kept politicians in other states from proposing similar legislation. The Gallup poll shows that 51% of Americans have heard of Arizona’s new immigration law. Just 39% are opposed…and 51% are supportive.
Joseph Nevins, Associate Professor of Geography, Vassar
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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