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Sunday Roundup: Obama to address nation Tuesday night; Clyburn: 'I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place;' Barbour calls for lifting offshore drilling moratorium


By Felicia Sonmez and Emily Kotecki
CBS: FACE THE NATION - Barbour and Crist spar on off-shore drilling

Ahead of Wednesday's meeting between the White House and BP executives, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said he plans to talk to BP about the new escrow plan, containment options and coordination between the federal government and BP.

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) said that during President Obama's upcoming trip to the region, he plans to tell Obama to lift the six-month moratorium on off-shore drilling. ""What's going on right now is hurting my state's economy and these other Gulf states that you're going to be talking to," Barbour said. "But this moratorium is going to hurt the national economy."

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) disagreed with Barbour's stance on off-shore drilling. "We need this moratorium," Crist said. "We don't have these rigs off the Florida coast. We are suffering from the one off the Louisiana coast."

Alabama Governor Bob Riley (R) criticized the committee of federal agencies that is currently in place to coordinate response to the oil spill. "It's a committee where any one member has absolute veto power," Riley said. "I don't think you can do that."



CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Clyburn: 'Elephant dung all over the place' in South Carolina Democratic primary

In response to the news Sunday that the White House will ask BP executives at a meeting this Wednesday to create an escrow account to pay Gulf Coast oil claims, Alabama Governor Bob Riley (R) told Candy Crowley that "as long as they're paid, Candy, I really don't care how they do it, whether they set up an escrow account or not. ... But we have to do something." Pressed on what he hopes to hear from President Obama as he makes his third trip to the Gulf Coast on Monday and Tuesday, Riley said his biggest frustration is the way decisions are made about how to handle the clean-up. 'What we have is a committee ... and as a committee, each one has a veto over whatever policies we have. You can't continue to do that."

House Majority Whip James Clyburn defended criticisms of President Obama's leadership during the oil spill crisis so far. "I don't know that the president is doing anything wrong," Clyburn said. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) shot back, saying, "I think what has become clear to people at every end of the political spectrum, and now even on the editorial pages of The New York Times, is that this administration was slow to respond."

Clyburn weighed in on the evolving political story in South Carolina about Alvin Greene, the 32-year-old Army veteran who won the Democratic Senate primary. Clyburn, who believes Greene is "someone's plant," said, "I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place."

Clyburn also charged that "people intentionally circumvented the law ... did not file any of their campaign finances, yet they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars running this campaign and broke every law."


FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Fiorina: No apology for Boxer hair comment

California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R) said she regretted being caught on tape making fun of Sen. Barbara Boxer's hair, but declined to answer when asked whether she had called Boxer to apologize.

Fiorina said she regretted "this whole situation," referring to being caught on live-mic last week saying that Boxer's hair was "so yesterday," and reiterated that she was quoting a friend of hers.

"What I think I owe the voters is a commitment to stay focused on facts, on issues and on the things that really matter, and I will keep that commitment to the voters," Fiorina told host Chris Wallace.

Fiorina also defended her tenure as CEO at Hewlett-Packard, during which more than 30,000 employees were laid off. "I managed Hewlett-Packard through the worst technology recession in 25 years," Fiorina said, adding that "in those tough times, we had to make some tough calls."

UN Ambassador Susan E. Rice responded to a New York Times report Sunday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is looking to work out his own deal with the Taliban because he doubts the efficacy of the U.S. and NATO effort. "My sense is that there's a lot that is mistaken, if not fallacious, in that New York Times article," Rice said, adding that the administration has "every confidence" in the U.S. and NATO effort.


ABC: THIS WEEK - Hoyer and Boehner debate on oil spill response, spending

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader John Boehner faced off on President Obama's request Saturday for an additional $50 billion in emergency spending for state and local governments. Boehner said that there was "no indication" before yesterday that the request was going to come, and criticized the administration for going on a "spending spree."

"If you think that they're going to move a budget on Capitol Hill, you must obviously believe that Elvis is still alive," Boehner said. Hoyer argued that "we can't stimulate and depress at the same time."

The two also assessed the administration's response to the oil spill in the Gulf and BP's liability for the spill. Boehner said that BP "ought to be held responsible for all the costs that are involved in this," while Hoyer charged that Senate Republicans have been holding up efforts to raise the liability cap to $10 billion.

Asked about his outlook for the midterms, Hoyer said that "history says we're going to lose a few seats, but we're going to retain the House." Boehner said that Republicans have "100 seats in play" and "have a real shot at winning a majority."


NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Axelrod: Obama to address the nation on oil spill Tuesday night

White House senior adviser David Axelrod announced that President Obama will make an Oval Office address on the oil spill Tuesday night after returning from his visit to the Gulf. In the speech, Obama will "lay out the steps we're going to take from here to get through this crisis," Axelrod said.

Axelrod said that Obama will announce plans for demanding that BP create an escrow account to hold the billions of dollars in funds that will be used to compensate victims of the spill. He added that he does not consider BP a "partner" and that it's "not a matter of trust. We have to verify what they're doing." He also said that President Obama is the Democratic Party's greatest asset in this year's midterms.

Fiorina also made an appearance in the show's roundtable; she said that she has "very different core values" from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), and said that Tuesday night's wins by women across the country display the "diversity" of America.


C-SPAN: NEWSMAKERS - Bachus: Republicans are 'being marginalized' in regulatory reform debate

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the House Financial Services committee, said that Republicans are "being marginalized" in the final hours of the financial regulation overhaul. Bachus said lawmakers aren't going to have enough time to read through the bill before taking a final vote in the next couple of weeks. "You look at the agenda for Tuesday and you're looking at three or four subjects that probably, at a minimum, the smartest economist in the world would have to take a week or two to give some thought, so we're being rushed," he said.

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Comments

Who is President Obama:::::
The politics in any civilization follow or streamline with the art and sport. In particular the art that is made for children is strongly streamlined with politics. The American politics follow the Looney tunes. Looney Tunes is a Warner Bros. animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theaters from 1930 to 1969. It is well known that Characters in Looney tunes represent important persons in that period of time. They are made to teach children. A chicken singing opera is a way to introduce such art to our beautiful young generation. One important character is Duffy Duck, no doubt, it is President Obama

Posted by: corrosion555 | June 18, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

"Haley Barbour (R) said that during President Obama's upcoming trip to the region, he plans to tell Obama to lift the six-month moratorium on off-shore drilling. ""What's going on right now is hurting my state's economy and these other Gulf states that you're going to be talking to," Barbour said. "But this moratorium is going to hurt the national economy."

What an idiot this Babour is! He probably is also for cutting down all our old growth forests to ensure work for lumberjacks! Not all jobs are worth saving, especially if the trade off is to ruin our environment and our habitat.

Posted by: simon7382 | June 14, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

They are all going to look pretty stupid, when after months of a massive oil spill they have to nuke the well head to stop it,
and could have done so within the first week.

Posted by: BluePelican | June 14, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been a lot of talk, and VERY LITTLE ACTION

Questions are:

*Will he announce a return of the $900,000+ campaign contribution he received from BP?

*Will he announce a ‘fast track’ system for Governors in the affected states to get their requirements through the federal bureaucracy in time for their efforts to be effective?

*Will he announce a waiver of an old law precluding foreign vessels to operate in US waters, to enable a vast increase of skimmers in the Gulf? (Or, will the unions preclude him from taking action to assist the folks in the Gulf??????)

*Will he announce a ‘fast track’ system to inspect off shore drill rigs, to have the inspections completed not later than end July, where the thousands of oil field, and allied workers can GET BACK TO WORK?

*Will he announce that FEMA will finally be engaged (after nearly two months)

Mr. Axelrod was telling tall tales on the talk shows Sunday (June 13) when he said that Team Obama had acted in ‘HISTORIC FASHION” to the spill. The only thing that Obama has done that is 'HISOTORIC' the past couple of months is TAKE TWO VACATIONS IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, AND PLAY A HECK OF A LOT OF GOLF!!

Posted by: wheeljc | June 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Carly is the Biatch. She is so passe in her looks and her cache attitude. Nothing to see. Nothing to respond to. What a ridiculous urbanite woman who wants to mercilessly tendered too by everyone on the set while she mindlessly blathers away on her bberry, while she talks about another woman's hair, while she has a
TB-infested, mangy, raccoon's pelt for a weave of hair herself lodged on her head. What a ridiculous woman. Oh brother!

Posted by: gr8bigguy | June 14, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The "Intellectually Brain Dead," senile Senator from California, Babs "You can call me Senator" Boxer is not only an arrogant biatch, her hairstyle is like she's wearing a dead beaver pelt.

Maybe it is?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 13, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The "Intellectually Brain Dead," senile Senator from California, Babs "You can call me Senator" Boxer is not only an arrogant biatch, her hairstyle is like shoe's wearing a dead beaver pelt.

Maybe it is?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 13, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse


The "escrow" account is the Oil Liability Trust Fund and has been on the table since last week or, at least, 2 weeks.

And Boehner didn't know what he was talking about on THIS WEEK. Congress takes a vacation on doesn't vote on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Legislative Package, but yet he can sit there and say the federal response was not good enough.
How was YOUR golf game doing Boehner while you all split town???

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 13, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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