Now you go out there and have the weekend of your life, ‘kay? By the way, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, join me and Drinking Liberally co-founder Justin Krebs at an event for Krebs’ new book on June 30 at Trip Bar, 2101 Lincoln, Santa Monica, at 7pm. Just an early FYI.
OK, the links…
• A new report shows that BP was trying to seal cracks in the well that blew out as early as February. Oh, and the dispersant they’re using could kill everything in the Gulf. Sadly, I don’t think these are the reasons that Tony Hayward has been taken off daily oversight of the Gulf oil spill. They just want someone slicker with the lies in there.
• Progressives need to tell the story of GM. Here was an intervention to save jobs that worked. The company is now running plants in the summer due to increased demand and has really turned around their outlook, creating jobs and saving livelihoods. The Administration should own their successful work on that (Chrysler’s another story).
• Darrell Issa prepares for the possible House Republican takeover by amassing an army of investigators to resurrect “The Hunting of the President” that proved so successful in the Clinton years.
• While Joe Barton still faces heat for his comments (another Republican called on him to step down from the Energy and Commerce Committee), we’re now seeing local candidates going after members of the Republican Study Committee, who released a statement functionally the same as Barton’s “apology” to BP, the day before he did it. Ami Bera, who is challenging Dan Lungren in CA-03, released a pretty harsh statement, showing that this issue will resonate to November:
“Once again, as barrels of oil continue pouring into the Gulf of Mexico and millions of people face untold economic and environmental devastation, Dan Lungren proved himself to be a pawn of BP and Big Oil. Lungren made it clear yesterday by failing to denounce both his colleague’s apology to BP and his group’s statement calling the creation of the BP compensation fund “Chicago-style shakedown politics.” Lungren had a choice to stand up for his constituents, American taxpayers and those in the Gulf who are affected by this disaster, but instead Lungren chose to back his groups’ incomprehensible defense of BP and his friends in the oil and gas industry.”
• One of the biggest problems with the Wall Street reform bill is the significant discretion given to regulators.
• The Office of Congressional Ethics dropped their inquiry into C Street, and whether members of Congress got a cut rate for rent at the Washington townhouse owned by The Family. Why?
• The Supreme Court wiped out two years of work on the National Labor Relations Board in a flash, by ruling for business against the rulings because of the lack of a quorum on the Board. Hopefully the committee can just use the basis of these decisions to quickly make new rulings.
• Three pretty good executive decisions: the Labor Department is cracking down on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors, the President ordered in a memorandum an end to lobbyist appointments to agency boards and commissions, and in another memorandum, the President set up a “Do Not Pay” list for fraudulent contractors.
• For the Muslim world and the rest of the world, it was never going to be the character and image of Obama, but US policy in the world, that would color their opinions about this country.
• Glenn Greenwald has a long and interesting story about Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and Wikileaks.
• OFA is trotting out a $50 million dollar campaign called “Raise Your Vote” to drive turnout in the midterms.
• Kevin Drum asks the right questions about Afghanistan.
• The Pakistani Taliban tried to project terror around the world for twelve thousand bucks. Given the Times Square bomber, I’d say you get what you pay for.
• We’re coming close to hearing about the preliminary review of detainee abuse and torture in the Bush era.
• An advisory panel recommended FDA approval for Ella, a post-sex abortifacient that can be taken up to five days after sex, unlike RU-486, the “morning after pill.”
• Worse than Meg Whitman’s son arrested for beating up a girl is his name: Griffith Rutherford Harsh V? That’s right out of an 80’s teen movie!
• In case you wanted to know, here’s what an auto-tuned vuvuzela sounds like. And here’s what a scene from Downfall about the vuvuzela looks like: