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Achenblog: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

What's happening at the bottom of the Gulf?

You've got an uncapped oil well a mile beneath the sea. As the Times points out, this is like fixing Apollo 13 when it's almost to the moon. A wellhead a mile deep is not exactly a place you can...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 1, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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Gulf oil spill: Worst-case scenario

Bad news: The tragic explosion of the BP oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon could turn into an environmental disaster much bigger than anyone anticipated. Never mind the slick that's already reaching fragile marshes and estuaries that may soon be smothered...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 30, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (93)
 
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The bad flowers

It's Arbor Day! Gosh I love this day, except for the inevitable hangover the next morning. My only beef with Arbor Day is the intense and suffocating commercialization of it. I remember when people would just plant a tree on...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 30, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Hockey needs a rule change

Hockey clearly needs to make a major rule change. This is my take-away thought from the debacle, the travesty, the appalling calamity of the failure of the Caps to make it beyond the first round of the playoffs. You have...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 29, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (147)
 
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Goldman steals the show

Goldman stole the show in Washington yesterday, which is unfortunate, since it happened to be the day when President Obama's deficit commission finally got together for its first session. We have a story inside the A section. No one cares...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 28, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (140)
 
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Still reading newspapers

I read stuff on many different formats -- the Web, books, newspapers, magazines, my palm, inside of my eyelids, skywriting, smoke signals, messages encoded in cloud shapes, messages in bottles (to improve the odds of finding a message in a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 27, 2010; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
 
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You get the government you deserve

I'm doing a chat today at 11 a.m. (you can send questions in advance if you wish) about my article on the debt, and just to limber up the noggin (when you get to be my age, you need to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 26, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (221)
 
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