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    Former White House Adviser Presses Obama for 75-Day Jones Act Waiver

    The Bush administration’s point man for the Jones Act waivers during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita says President Obama should exert his executive authority and suspend the law for 75 days to help with the Gulf oil spill cleanup. Keith Hennessey, who served as the deputy at the White House National … More

    A Brand of "Independence" Only Obama Could Love

    President Barack Obama promised in his Oval Office speech that an “independent third party” would be responsible for overseeing the distribution of $20 billion in funds set-aside to compensate those harmed by the BP oil spill disaster. Apparently, though, “independence” is all in the eye of the beholder. When that … More

    Joe Barton is Right: There Was a $20 Billion Shakedown in the White House

    Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is under fire from the White House and the Beltway media for his statement to BP today: “I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize. I do not want to live in a county where anytime a citizen or a … More

    Trust Fund Ignores Rule of Law

    Why does President Obama keep saying that his administration will do everything it takes to make BP “pay for the damage the company has caused” in the Gulf? Is there some question in his mind about BP’s liability? Is this another case where neither the president nor his advisers have … More

    Morning Bell: An Offer BP Couldn't Refuse

    On October 13, 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson summoned the CEOs of the nation’s largest banks into a gilded conference room at the Treasury Department just a stone’s throw away from the White House. Each CEO was then handed a one-page document that said their company would agree to sell … More

    The President’s Mixed Military Metaphors

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary notes that the word “campaign” dates back to the mid-17th century and has two meanings. The first is “a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war;” the second is “a connecting series of operations designed to bring about a particular result.” In … More

    Jay Leno on Obama and the Oil Spill

    The Los Angeles Times reports: “Obama urges new efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, citing the ‘tragedy unfolding’ in the Gulf of Mexico.” The Washington Post reports: “The Oval Office address was Obama’s most pointed attempt since the spill began to explain how the crisis should be leveraged on … More

    Free Markets in Escrow: Obama to "Inform" BP to Pay Into Fund

    Today at 12:15, President Obama is scheduled to meet with a delegation from BP — including its CEO Tony Hayward — at the White House. The encounter should be tense. The stage was set for the meeting last night when the president, in no uncertain terms, told the nation that … More

    Morning Bell: A Crisis of Competence

    Nearly 31 years ago, on July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter told the American people from the Oval Office: “Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can … More

    Obama's Turn to Speak

    The President has been very critical of “talking heads” in the media and tonight he had the opportunity to say his piece in his first Oval Office speech. Sadly, the President sounded more like an analyst and candidate for office than a decisive leader. The presidential address to the nation … More