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Entries by Lucia Graves from 07/2010

BP's Atlantis: Oil Giant To Be Sued Over Safety Of Another Deepwater Rig

Posted 07.01.2010 | Green

Watchdog group Food & Water Watch formally gave notice Thursday of its intent to sue BP along with the federal government for violating a slew of safe...

House Supplemental Vote Signals Unrest Over War In Afghanistan

Posted 07.02.2010 | Politics

As House Democratic leadership pushed through an $80 billion package on Thursday night to finance President Barack Obama's troop surge, one vote stood...

Civil Unrest Hits Puerto Rico

Posted 07.02.2010 | Politics

A police riot over budget cuts broke out in Puerto Rico's capital Wednesday, with cops wielding batons and firing pepper spray on demonstrators. The ...

Puerto Rico Protests: Government Probe To Investigate Civil Rights Abuses

Posted 07.06.2010 | Politics

Puerto Rico's civil rights commission has launched a probe to investigate last week's police riots at the commonwealth's Capitol. The commission, ann...

BP Gets Preferential Treatment Compared To Lindsay Lohan, Says Lawyer Suing Oil Giant

Posted 07.07.2010 | Green

David Perry, the lawyer suing BP over the safety of its Atlantis deepwater oil drilling platform, says that there is a double standard in the legal sy...

BP Defends Record As 'Safe And Reliable' Despite Hundreds Of Egregious Violations (VIDEO)

Posted 07.11.2010 | Green

Despite a clear public record to the contrary, BP is continuing its public relations effort to define the blowout that has been spewing oil into the G...

Kucinich Pushes To End Tax Subsidies For Junk Food Advertising

Posted 07.12.2010 | Politics

As First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the NAACP convention in Kansas City about childhood obesity Monday, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) continued his ...

Steny Hoyer: Democrats Will Run Against Bush's Record In 2010 And Win

Posted 07.13.2010 | Politics

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that Democrats will be using George W. Bush's record against Republicans in the midterm elec...

Markey To BP: Stop Stonewalling On Well Data

Posted 07.14.2010 | Politics

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) demanded Wednesday that BP release information on the integrity of the wellbore and sea floor leaks, after efforts to ...

Harry Reid: Republicans Want Economy To Tank So Democrats Will Be Battered In Midterms

Posted 07.14.2010 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Wednesday that Republicans want the economy to tank and hope jobs legislation fails so that Democra...

Boehner: Repeal Wall Street Reform

Posted 07.15.2010 | Politics

Minutes after the Wall Street reform bill passed, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) called for its repeal, saying the legislation penalizes ...

FDA Calls Antibiotic Use In Farming 'A Serious Public Health Threat,' GOP Ignores Mounting Evidence

Posted 07.16.2010 | Politics

The overuse of antibiotics in farming may have significant health consequences for consumers, according to testimony from the Food and Drug Administra...

Steny Hoyer: 'I Don't Know Who The Tea Party Is'

Posted 07.20.2010 | Politics

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Tuesday that he doesn't think the Tea Party is racist and that he doesn't even know who exactly the ...

Barbara Mikulski Demands End To The Filibuster As Pressure To Reform The Senate Mounts

Posted 07.20.2010 | Politics

During the extended debate over unemployment benefits on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) called for an end to the filibuste...

Boehner Denies Telling GOP Congressmen Who Partied With Female Lobbyists To 'Knock It Off'

Posted 07.21.2010 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner is denying a report that he warned GOP congressmen to steer clear of female lobbyists on Capitol Hill. The NY Post'...

Speaker Boehner? House Minority Leader Airs Personal Ambitions

Posted 07.21.2010 | Politics

House Minority Leader John Boehner has every intention of putting a new title on his business card come November. The Ohio Republican said on Wednesd...

Roy Blunt, Republican Senate Candidate, Drove SUV When In Washington But Rented Pickup To Campaign In Home State

Posted 07.22.2010 | Politics

Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is being called a hypocrite when it comes to his ride. His likely Democratic opponent, Robin Carnahan, is slamming Blunt for we...

Dems Line Up To Back Elizabeth Warren, 'She Predicted What Was Going To Happen'

Posted 07.22.2010 | Politics

Democratic lawmakers are lining up to back the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Sens. T...

Steny Hoyer Mocks 'Speaker Boehner' And His Agenda: It's 'Not Going To Happen'

Posted 07.23.2010 | Politics

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday of House Minority Leader John Boehner's aspirations to be the next speaker of the House: It's ...

Republicans Threaten Repeals, Subpoenas If They Take Back The House

Posted 07.23.2010 | Politics

House Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) agree: If Republicans win back control ...

Dems Demand That Salazar Stop Dragging His Heels And Investigate BP Whistleblower Allegations

Posted 07.23.2010 | Green

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar still has yet to conduct a formal interview with Ken Abbott, a whistleblower from BP's Atlantis rig where operators are...

Lindsey Graham Blasts Jobs Bill, We 'Just Write Checks Without Ever Having To Give Anything Up'

Posted 07.23.2010 | Politics

Before Barack Obama had even signed the unemployment insurance extension into law, Sen. Lindsay Graham was already railing against renewing benefits f...

Inhofe Still Insists 'We're In A Cold Spell': Is The Heat Getting To The Senator? (VIDEO)

Posted 07.23.2010 | Politics

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) reiterated his skepticism of climate change science during an outdoor interview at the Capitol this week, in the midst of th...

Hoyer: Rangel Ethics Flap Proves Ethics Process Is Working

Posted 07.27.2010 | Politics

The impending ethics hearing of Rep. Charles Rangel is evidence that the ethics process is working, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday at ...

Liability Cap Fight May Sink Senate Spill Bill

Posted 07.28.2010 | Green

Top Senators argued Wednesday over whether oil firms should have to pay for all spill-related damages, and whether that requirement should be applied ...