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Achenblog: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

The black smoker at the sea bottom

Last night I jumped from the Skandi ROV1 to the Enterprise ROV1 to the CNN feed, trying to figure out what in tarnation I was looking at with this top hat containment dome maneuver. (You know, "Tarnation" pretty much describes...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 4, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (671)
 
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No-Drama Obama meets drama

Gulf Destroyed; Obama Approval Rating Dips Rule one in American politics: It's always about the president. What DOES President Obama think about the stuck diamond saw? Does Obama have a position on whether it was the float collar or the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 2, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (499)
 
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Riser cutting and LMRP cap procedure [oil spill wonks only]

They're cutting the riser. See this feed from BP. Game time, friends. Here's the Kent Wells briefing from BP on the LMRP cap procedure and why the 30,000 pounds of drilling mud pumped into the well didn't kill it. This...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 1, 2010; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
 
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Kobe vs. Michael

I know what you're thinking; Gawd, he's going to talk about basketball again! Always with the basketball. Always with the terminology, the "slam dunk" this, the "dominate the paint" that, the "deadly from beyond the arc" such and such. I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 1, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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"This well is evil"

[It's the feel-bad story of the year. Here's my piece, co-authored with Alec MacGillis, on the failure of the top kill effort in the gulf oil spill. I'm taking a day off, going swimming etc. Looks like a great summer...

By Joel Achenbach  |  May 30, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (403)
 
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