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April 30, 2011
Trump, Like Bush, Promises to Jawbone OPEC

Historical events, it is said, occur twice: first as tragedy and then as farce. So it is with Donald Trump, the latest Republican White House hopeful to talk tough about the price of oil. After all, with his pledge to oil producing nations that "you're not going to raise that f**king price," Trump is just […]

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December 30, 2010
Obama to Blame for Bush's Failure to Jawbone OPEC
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June 17, 2010
Backing Polluters: Republicans Rush to Defend BP

Over just the past few months, Republicans on Capitol Hill have defended predatory health insurers, corrupt Wall Street bankers and criminal coal mining companies. Now with word that President Obama has secured a $20 billion, independently administered escrow fund from BP to help pay for its devastating oil spill in the Gulf, leading lights of […]

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June 11, 2010
Obama Needs JFK Playbook for BP Meeting

From almost the moment he was elected, Barack Obama has been counseled to channel the spirit of FDR in confronting both war and economic calamity. But with for the still unfolding oil spill disaster, President Obama needs a different role model. When CEO Tony Hayward and other BP executives come to the White House next […]

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June 8, 2010
Bush's Last Laugh

Somewhere in a gated community in Dallas, a former President of the United States is laughing very hard right now. A new ABC/Washington Post poll gives the Obama administration even lower marks for its response to the BP oil spill than to George W. Bush's calamitous bungling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. And so it […]

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June 6, 2010
For Republicans, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure on Oil Spill

On May 7, 2001, press secretary Ari Fleischer uttered the four words that came to define the Bush administration's approach to the U.S. addiction to oil. Asked if Americans needed to "correct their lifestyles" to address the nation's energy vulnerability, Fleischer snapped, "That's a big no." And so, a government of the oil men, by […]

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June 3, 2010
After Whitewashing Slavery, Barbour Tries Oil Spill

Just weeks after suggesting that slavery "didn't matter for diddly," Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour similarly tried and failed to whitewash the massive BP oil spill threatening the entire Gulf Coast. After telling an audience a week ago that "A bunch of liberal elites were hoping this would be the Three Mile Island of offshore drilling," […]

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May 30, 2010
Issa: Tim Russert Died So That We Might Drill

California Republican Darrell Issa appeared on Fox News Sunday to continue his crusade against President Obama over the Sestak no-pay-for-no-play non-scandal, this time calling for an FBI investigation. But over the past several weeks, Issa has also been the GOP's chief messenger in criticizing Obama's response to the BP catastrophe in the Gulf. Which is […]

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May 24, 2010
Sarah Palin's Supposed Energy Expertise Backfires. Again.

During the 2008 campaign, John McCain said of his running mate Sarah Palin, "She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America." As it turns out, not so much. The half-term Alaska Governor literally had no idea how much energy her state produced and suffered from selective amnesia over […]

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May 8, 2010
AP Reverses Course, Refutes "Obama's Katrina" Talking Point

As oil was spreading across the Gulf on April 29, AP reporter Calvin Woodward did some spreading of his own. Amplifying the predictable Republican talking point, Woodward asked, "Will this be Obama's Katrina?" Now a week later, his AP colleagues H. Josef Hebert and Erica Werner have responded with an emphatic no in an article […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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