FROM Brett Clanton
Battle to Stop Oil Coming Ashore in Mississippi River Delta As the massive oil spill began to wash up on the Gulf Coast, President Obama repeated that the federal government is "fully prepared" and doing "everything necessary" to cope with the onset of an environmental disaster. Brett Clanton is energy reporter for the Houston Chronicle .
US Coast Guard Tries to Burn Oil Spill Nearing Land The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is now 600 miles in circumference and growing fast. It's a consequence of last week's blowout and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The latest plan to keep it from washing ashore is…burning it off. Brett Clanton reports for the Houston Chronicle .
Oil Rig Sinks, Hopes Fade of Finding 11 Missing Workers There’s little hope of finding 11 workers missing since Tuesday’s explosion on the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC, the company that leases the rig, is leading the effort to clean up a growing oil slick. Brett Clanton reports for the Houston Chronicle .
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?