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BP releases video of spewing oil & gas
(CNN) – We are getting our first look today at the source of the oil leak now menacing the Gulf coast. BP is finally releasing a 30-second clip that puts a face on the enemy. More than 4.5 million gallons of crude have spilled so far. The president is now calling on Congress for $58 million in new emergency funding to fight this looming catastrophe.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting congressional approval of the package, Obama said oil giant BP – which owns the leaking well at the source of the Gulf of Mexico spill – was responsible for all clean-up costs. In addition, Obama said, the government would seek full compensation for all damages from BP.
"We cannot allow the potentially protracted pursuit of claims to prevent us from swift action to help those harmed by this spill," Obama said in the letter.
Jeff Liebman, the acting deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the package called for an additional $118 million in spending. Read more
Arizona bans ethnic studies in public schools
Fresh on the heels of a new immigration law that has led to calls to boycott her state, Arizona's governor has signed a bill banning ethnic studies classes that "promote resentment" of other racial groups.
Gov. Jan Brewer approved the measure without public statement Tuesday, according to state legislative records. The new law forbids elementary or secondary schools to teach classes that are "designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group" and advocate "the overthrow of the United States government" or "resentment toward a race or class of people."
The bill was pushed by state school Superintendent Tom Horne, who has spent two years trying to get Tucson schools to drop a Mexican-American studies program he said teaches Latino students they are an oppressed minority. There was no immediate response from the Tucson Unified School District, the law's main target. Read more
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