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Oil company BP is expected to brief reporters Tuesday morning about its next attempt to contain the gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico -- a maneuver called ''top kill.''

Oil company BP is expected to brief reporters Tuesday morning about its next attempt to contain the gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico - a maneuver called ''top kill.''

Patience runs thin as BP preps untested maneuver

(CNN) – Oil company BP is expected to brief reporters Tuesday morning about its next attempt to contain the gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico - a maneuver called "top kill" that it plans to implement the following day.

All previous attempts by the company to cap the spill have failed, and BP CEO Tony Hayward said the "top kill" maneuver will have a 60 to 70 percent chance of success when it is put in place as early as Wednesday morning.

The procedure has successfully worked on above-ground oil wells in the Middle East, but has never been tested 5,000 feet underwater.

Public patience was wearing thin 36 days into the spill, as oil sloshed ashore on Louisiana's barrier islands and seeped into marshes around the mouth of the Mississippi River. Read more

The Cost of College: Dream school, nightmare of debt

A new study suggests job prospects for this year's college graduates have improved slightly. That's a little bit of good news for students who now have to pay for that education. This week, our Alina Cho is looking into "The Cost of College." Today, she has the story of one young man who regrets his decision to go to a top-tier university.

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  1. nancy

    Come on, over a month now and not any viable alternatives to stopping this leak? There is stuff waiting in a warehouse in Houston. Is the "head cheese" of the Coast Guard getting paid under the table to be so slow to nix any good idea for the stoppage? Of course, he's getting HIS paycheck! What about the livelyhood of all the folks in the affected area??

    President Obama ~~ can you get your hands dirty, roll up your sleeves and HELP these folks? Where's FEMA & the EPA?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  2. Patriot

    Wake up Pauly,,, they do not provide it as you have worded, as part of they pay package, it is paying a private insurance company the premiums.

    Law enforcement is not providing health care!
    Education system is a disgrace!

    Look around Pauly,, start with in the mirror as we all must do..

    May 25, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  3. Pauly

    Patriot, sorry I don't fear much in this world. I have already lived a full life so I'm enjoying what little there is left to it!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  4. Karl

    Please don't make our ears suffer with news about Lindsay Lowhan (sp?). Her personal problems and failures ARE NOT NEWS.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  5. MeLoN

    Obama thinks he is Robin Hood. More like Robin for the 'Hood.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  6. Pauly

    Look around you Patriot!! The govt already provides health care to many, law enforcement, safety, education, etc!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  7. Andy

    I was kind of following the story about the "wiretapping" case so I thought it was good you were covering it but then you were wrong on all the particulars. Don't you have google?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  8. Patriot

    @ Pauly

    your words form above:

    "Requiring people to buy health care insurance is promoting the general welfare!!! People w/o health care usually spread their disease, infection or virus before finally seeking emergency

    you live in a state of fear,, be sure to thank bho and others who place this in you...

    If your savior bho had actually provided you with HCR that is so good then why did he exclude himself, family from this bill to be enforceable upon himself..

    Pauly you scare me!!..

    May 25, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  9. Randall of Texas

    I read the Safety Data for COREXIT® EC9500A and it is horrible!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  10. Jim Rome

    Your series on the cost of college is very misleading. Especially yesterday's segment on the "value" offered by top colleges. It is NOT the value of the degree, is it what you actually LEARN at a top college that makes the difference.
    As an undergraduate, you spend 24 hours a day with the students, and 5-6 in the classes. If all of the students are really smart, it makes a huge amount of difference in how much you learn. I taught at MIT while in Grad School, and I assure you that the level of teaching and the difficulty of problems solved is much higher than at a lesser school.
    I spent years giving traveling lectures on nuclear fusion to schools in the Southeast. I always sat in on the classes of my host. Consider how frustrating it is, and how little can be taught in a class where most of the students do not do their homework!
    In order to determine the "value" of a school, I advise all your listeners to actually attend classes when they visit a school. The beauty of the campus is far down on the list of importance when determining value. What happens in the classrooms and inside the dorms is critical. If you contact the Admissions Office, most colleges will put you up overnight in a dorm and team you with a student to attend classes. That is the ONLY way to decide whether a particular school is right for you.
    And a top school is not the best for all students. If you sit in the class and do not understand a word, that can either turn you on or turn you off. Conversely, if you are a high school Junior, and you are the only person who can answer the questions in the class, you should definitely look elsewhere.
    Being pushed to your highest potential is what a top school does for a student. If you solve really hard problems while in school, you gain a confidence that you can solve any problem thrown at you. After you get out and have a real job, this confidence is critical when you get paid to solve problems that have never been solved before. Students who attended lesser schools often fold when faced with such challenges.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  11. MeLoN

    If you want the government to provide health care to all citizens... all citizens should pay the same amount. They would all get the same treatment. Why should some pay more than others? That's unAmerican. That's wrong.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  12. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I think that Mayor Phil Gordon is loosing the fight and is resorting to lie's .

    May 25, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  13. Pauly

    Many cities have cameras all over the place. Most law enforcement use dash cams. So it's ok for govts to video citizens but not for citizens to video the govt? Many acts of police brutality have been videotaped in recent years. W/O the video evidence, the accusations would never have been given any credence!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  14. MeLoN

    The Mayor of Phoenix is anti-American, pro illegal aliens. His opinion shouldn't be considered or even heard. What's his idea about stopping/controlling the invasion of America? Is he not concerned with the crime committed in his city by illegal aliens?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  15. Patriot

    Socialism is not American nor is it what the Constitution allows..


    May 25, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  16. Susie

    POSSIBLE ANSWER TO BP'S USE OF COREXIT: Former BP executive Rodney Chase sits on the board of directors of NALCO. the company that manufacters Corexit 9500. Also former Exxon executive Daniel Sanders.
    We all know the "Good ol' boy" syndrome that is so pervasive in the oil industry. There is more than meets the eye and screams for investigation; especially when alternative dispersents are available.
    As far as toxicity studies, get the results of the British study on Corexit. Brisitsh scientists found it to be so toxic it's use is banned in all U.K. waters.
    I am a native Floridian and the thought that my beautiful state will be destroyed like Louisiana is beyond distressing. But something has to be done in a manner that will add less poison instead of making it worse. This possible tie to the maker of Corexit needs to be looked at. You can bet BP's use of it benefits them; and to hell with the rest of us.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  17. Pauly

    Requiring people to buy health care insurance is promoting the general welfare!!! People w/o health care usually spread thier disease, infection or virus before finally seeking emergency treatment. There are alternatives to the mandate. The govt can provide health care to all citizens or we can pass a law to deny health care to anyone w/o health insurance. How many people will run out & get insurance once they see people dying in the streets? Do we really want to be a country that allows those too poor or too stupid to get insurance to suffer and/or die?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  18. paul maciog, port st lucie, fl.

    to fix the oil leak a suggested reamedy was to drill a second well. after losing a oil rig, the real hidden ploy is to replace the rig (by calling it a fix) without having to go through the red-tape for a second well's paper work. the longer they prcrastinate the closer they drill to the oil, it;s always about the money.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  19. Paul James


    Traveling 100 MPH constitues as a felony. Police officers can legally pull their service revolvers when dealing with a suspected felon or someone who has committed a felony. As reporters you folks should know this fact.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  20. Patriot

    Last time in regards to blowing up the well head.... Have you paid any attention in science class growing up.. There would be no control factors to do so under water, not to mention the amount of natural gas escaping too.

    I have an idea, to test your idea of imploding the well head.

    Fill your bath tub,, place a full LP tank ( off BBQ) in it, with valve open,, you drop a cherry bomb in tube with water wick.. lets us know how that works out for ya..

    May 25, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  21. Joan

    Will you guys in the media get your facts straight and finally decide where you stand on using dispersants to break up oil in the Gulf. Half the time you are criticizing the use of the dispersents, especially the one being used now, and the other half you are showing pictures of stockpiled dispersents that you say should and could be used. Which is it? The dispersant used now is on the recommended list and is the one that an environmental scientist from Queen's university says would be used in Canada if this happened here. The other dispersent has drawbacks too. Neither is great but at least has helped somewhat. They have told BP to stop using it on top of the water for now and that might make some sense.

    I didn't realize that along with your journalism degrees, you folks and David Gergen also have science and engineering degrees. Wow, that's impressive. The things that Gergen says the government should be doing have already been done. Once again you are making a bad, horrible situation worse. You only show the bad pictures and don't tell about all of the areas that are still just fine. You are ruining the economic prospects in those areas with your doom and gloom stories. Tourism is down in areas that don't need to be. You are painting the whole region as a disaster. I thought Bobby Jindl was going to hyperventilate when he gave his press conference. Just days earlier all four governors had praised the government's help in the region. Guess the RNC didn't like that.

    By the way, did the government intervene and run the clean-up of the Exon spill in Alaska? Don't think so.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  22. Jeremy D from MI

    I think it's terrible and frightening that the biker can be arrested!! Police work for the public – and after the string of recent police brutality and abuses of power EVERYONE should be allowed to record police on duty. ESPECIALLY if they are pulling you over! I'm outraged by this and I truly hope the ACLU wins this for him. Besides the fact that police should only care if they are doing something they shouldn't, roads are federally payed for and federal law trumps state. Please keep on this CNN. Police have been getting away with too much nonsense for too long.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  23. tyler

    What about a random guy pulling over, opening the door bearing a gun?!!?! how is that not illegal?! With no badge, that could have been any guy acting like an impostor!!! That is the crime here!!!

    Wake up people!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  24. Patriot

    Now there is an honest and fair reporter, Carol should be a leading lady that all other reporters on CNN should try to be half as good as her..
    And she has Morals and Ethics too.. not slanted by politics.

    Hats off to you Carol!!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  25. Logan Abrams

    Debt U-

    That peice on college debt was great. And EXACTLY what I talk about in my new book, "Debt U: How Higher Education Breeds a Lifestyle of Debt"

    These problems are very common for a new generation of college grads and the loss in value of the degree is putting the investment in jeopardy.

    Check it out- Debt U

    May 25, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  26. Phil K.

    ** In the Gulf! Not 'the leak.' You know what I mean.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  27. Christina Varga

    What does it take for you IDIOTS to report that BP execs are on the BOARD of NALCO Holdings that MAKES Corexit. I am so disappointed in you guys it STINKS!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  28. Phil K.

    BP *NEEDS* to ask for assistance in imploding the oil leak in the leak. They stopped the fires in Kuwait by blowing them up, we can do it with this. BP has yet to do this because they are still profiting from what is coming out of it; time to cut losses and STOP THE LEAK.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  29. Diana H.

    I agree with your lower third. The EPA & BP are BUTT HEADS!! Time to stop the oil leak NOW!

    May 25, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  30. Randall of Texas

    Re: White House Job Offer to Sestak

    I believe I heard the White House Press Chief say that White House lawyers had looked into the job offer to Congressman Sestak and there was no wrong-doing! Great! Now wouldn't that clear President Obama to go ahead and tell those that voted for his White House transparency?

    May 25, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  31. Jackie

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    While it is terribly frustrating to know the oil is still spilling in the gulf, I find it disappointing to see CNN trying to make BP out to be villains. This is a challenging situation that has NEVER happened before, whether it is human error or mechanical error or something else – you have to know that nothing it perfect and things happen. They are trying their best to resolve this matter – do you honestly think for a second that it would not be in their best interest to resolve this – the earlier the better? While this is common sense, your reporting implies that they don't care. As this situation unfolds you want them to have all the answers but these are uncharted waters and they are trying to figure out what to do next. Is it that you are trying to destroy them as a company? or just increase ratings with the drama?

    Why not report on the fact that we (US) and companies are not seriously moving to alternative energy (natural gas, electric, etc) so that we move away from all this drilling instead of drilling more and more for oil? Why not hold people accountable for ignoring our dependency on oil?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  32. mike sey

    As in the health care debate the media has been quick to fan controversy over the BP oil spill and slow to provide information or reasonable explanations. After days of hysteria about 'cover-up' they have their live-feed to the ocean bottom, but apart from pretty pictures it doesn't seem to have added anything to the issue of how much oil or its flow, let alone how it stop it. Now the media is pushing the simplistic notion of government takeover from BP but as the Coast Guard guy in charge says takeover by who to do what that isn't already in the works. So far I haven't heard a single constructive 'out of the box' alternative from anyone reported. Instead we're getting more and more political spin.
    However, the groundwork is being laid for another cycle of Socialism hysteria and no doubt the media will be right in the thick of it.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  33. Emmet

    A flaw in the 'Supply/Demand' economic formula – people who demand the product should be just as responsible as the people supplying said product. Safe guards were/are in place and did not work – human error – there are no safe guards for human error. All of us are responsible.

    If you drive a car – you are responsible.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  34. Carol LeKashman

    I realize that this is a week long series and she may cover it later, but as I watched Alina Cho Tuesday 5/25 I was very disappointed that she did not mention in any way that students with horrifying debt like Ryan can find some relief by applying/receiving some of the many student loan consolidation programs. My niece benefitted from one which let her postpone paying anything till she was ten years out from graduation. Surely this would help his otherwise bleak situation – yet on air at least she mentioned nothing about the possibility. I feel that is a dereliction of your duty in disseminating news.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  35. Randall of Texas

    I saw Congressman Pence and I bet he is a male, heterosexual, Christian over 36 and wouldn't it be nice if CNN during the course of the interview provided who were his top ten campaign contributors via a flowing stream. In the interest of full disclosure.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  36. Steve - Texas

    I say to all the affected coastal cities and businesses, Do your own thing !!! If you wait for all the spineless feds to make a decision on how to handle the crisis it will be way too late. Every wave and every tide brings more destruction. What few realize is that any action taken is better than no action taken. What do we have to loose by trying anything that may help. The Coast Guard "oxy moron" couldn't guard and secure my bathtub.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  37. Joe

    Re: The fellow $275,000 in debt after his undergrad degree--

    Say what!!!??? Once again, we are asked to feel sorry for someone whose own stupidity got him/her into a huge financial bind. When I heard the story airing on TV, I thought the fellow must surely be getting out of college with an advanced degree, following a professional program, like med school or law school. To know that he only got his bachelor's degree, yet ran up a $275,000 tab doing so, is almost beyond belief. I think I recall that the fellow said he was the first in his family to obtain a degree. Gee, why am I not surprised?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  38. mohammad

    i guess the can fix the oil leak by freezing the water around the hole then drill in the ice...any chimical use will destroy the inviroment...
    but freezing the water will be ok because by end it'll be turns to the water again

    May 25, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  39. Steve - Texas

    Here's what I don't get : Doesn't the "B" in BP stand for British? With the dispursement flap, and BP not following the order to NOT use their current chemical dispursement, How can the U.S. allow a foreign company to not follow our rules and directives when operating in our waters? Our officials need to grow a spine and tell them what they WILL do while operating in OUR waters. Would the British allow the U.S. to go over there and spray a bunch of chemicals they don't want us to spray? I don't think so.

    C'mon Obama, grow a spine and quit letting big oil ruin the lives of your own countrymen. You can find another big business donor for your next campaign.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  40. George

    So when I get pulled over in Maryland for weaving, can I tell the officer to turn off his dash cam before I have to touch my nose? Every one should have a dash cam, maybe the officer might be just a little more polite when i fit the description. I understand my insurance would be cheaper if I had one permenent in my car.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  41. MeLoN

    The forced health care system is flawed and corrupted top to bottom. Forcing some to pay extremely high amounts for health care insurance while some don't have to pay at all. Paying for decades what one may never use or need is a very stupid idea.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  42. Patriot

    Pauly, that is so self centered of a reply to the HCR... those of us to take on the cost of another health care is done by choice. To say that some one is not responsible is .. well words I choose not to speak and CNN wouldn't let them be aired anyways.

    IF you want change, let it begin at home.. All this bill does is further convince the public that we are unable to take care of ourselves. and that the government needs to help..

    The Constitution direct in the preamble to Promote the general welfare..
    You find in any dictionary ever printed in any language that adds providing to the meaning of promote. Then you have cause of action to have an argument.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  43. Kieran

    It seems to me that the governments of the World have simply given up the fight with big business. Doesn't it scare anyone that the oil industry is given permits to drill in places where the federal government can't even get to? It seems like technologies to stop a disaster on the ocean floor and finding clean enegies might be more important than those for going to Mars or removing the oil from oil sands. It seems to me that the oil industry really has the government by the short and curlies.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  44. jerry

    This big oil spill has caused another big TAX talk again on oil, this is BP's big oil spill not the poeple of the United States to have to pay for more taxes on gas. At this time i think that the goverment had something to to do with this BIG RIG going down because the Obama administrators want more money to pay for this health bill. I do not think that the American people should have to pay for BP's mess.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  45. Tom

    Shame CNN, you didn't question Carol Brown on the alternative dispersant you reported ordered, but still in Houston. Why is the government and BP letting this dispersant just sit there? Why not the tough questions?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  46. Pauly

    keeping our boot to the throat of BP is necessary so BP doesn't follow Exxon by delaying reimbursement & clean up for more than 18 years!!! Prince William Sound still has oil in it & on the shores & many of those affected have died waiting for damages to be paid them!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  47. Patriot

    If the EPA wanted to enforce their words ( media / photo opportunity ) they would have already.. I'm sorry the EPA, Federal Government, Beyond Petroleum, Coast Guard, NASA, NOAA, not even MIT knows what to do, Everything is an attempt. Is it right or wrong, each of these attempts, only the history yet to be written will be able to answer that.
    As far as all those in government saying that this is BP's mess.... WRONG answer!!
    It's everybody's mess. We want oil, they're providing it.. Don't cry foul, those we have put in office for the last 60 years have done exactly what we want, even though in our minds we know better, yet we want..
    We.. Yes I say WE are no better than someone addicted to crack, we will do what we have to do to get our fix on oil...
    Anyone who disagrees, I feel they are in denial and should attend a meeting.

    God is the only one who knows the outcome of this sin by man in the Gulf. His justice will be served along with His mercy to those who have received Him in their hearts.

    Some say God Bless America, I say God forgive America!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  48. MeLoN

    Nolan Ryan to buy the Texas Rangers?... Anybody want to buy a Nolan Ryan rookie card?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  49. Robert H Sarasota, Florida

    Conspicuously missing ... FEMA. Is this somehow NOT an emergency that needs managing?!? How is it the Gov. can have contingencies for nuclear war but not for a major oil spill?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  50. Pauly

    The reason for the mandate in HCR, which btw was a GOP idea that 1st surfaced as an alternative to Hillary's attempt to get health care passed, is to protect consumers & taxpayers. When someone gambles that they will stay healthy or won't get injured, why should the costs of their emergency treatment be passed onto others who didn't gamble? Before MA passed HCR, a study showed that many middle & upper class citizens didn't purchase health care & used the ER for any unexpected inuuries and/or illnesses, at an extreme cost to responsible citizens!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  51. MeLoN

    "WE'll keep our foot on their neck till the job gets done" ... Funny .. but totally pointless. What will that do to bring the Gulf back to life?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  52. Kevin

    BP has the fix they just don't know it, The large dome did not work because of the methane gas mix with the sea water creating the hydrates (sp). They need to prime the dome with oil as they are lowering it, or prime the dome on the bottom flushing the sea water out . Yes nobody wants to add more oil but look at what has happened since

    May 25, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  53. Irene

    I'm going to correct my spelling....but not my questioin....

    Why can't the EPA ENFORCE their decision as to chemical dispersants???

    May 25, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  54. Patriot


    Looking at this policy that bho was able to get through the congress.

    Is it constitutional for the federal government to force us to have a min health care plan? ( there goes freedom of choice)

    Maybe a public commission on a state by state basis to review the costs applied to what health care providers charge is a better idea.. by public I don't mean some group appointed by the Federal Government,

    So far in the last 40 years the federal government has failed miserably in all of their polices and to think they can deiced what we as Americans must do is a direct violation of what the FOUNDING FATHERS left for all of us to inherit.

    Pauly and I actually agree on something,, the government has no better a clue than anyone else how or what to do with the oil leak, spill etc etc.
    No matter how negligent Bp is, was or has been, no one in the correct state of mind could believe that anyone wants to see this happen to the wildlife, the ocean, the peoples general welfare.
    If one believes in their mind that these people don't care should be examined for a padded white room.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  55. Peter

    I'm not sure if this is in the right place or n ot but I have to comment about the Motorcycle "Helmet Cam" story.

    The police officer has no way or knowing if he is pursuing a fleeing felon or not. After exiting his vehicle the officer has only seconds to assess the threat and react. Drawing his weapon was not in anyway unreasonable. The officers reaction to the rider was reasonable and in fact showed restraint in dealing with someone who had no regard for others on the highway as he pulled this stunt.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  56. Pauly

    The immigration status of all "arrestees" is already done throughout the country. Once arrested, there is probable cause to do a criminal background check. AZ's new law replaces probable cause w/ reasonable suspicion. You can't get a seach warrant for a suspected drug house in this country based on reasonable suspicion. The threshhold has always been, and must always stay, probable cause!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  57. Terry Man

    Regarding the motorcycle rider who posted video with audio on YouTube of the plain clothes state trooper, it is quite important that such video taping be allowed to continue, even without the consent of the "other party,” as the Maryland law requires. In this case it appears to me the officer was well within his rights to approach with gun drawn and pointed away from the rider and nothing I saw on the short video clip shown on CNN approached a level of abuse.

    While I am a strong supporter of the police I am also a firm believer in protecting the public from unwarranted force and abuse from rogue law enforcement officials. Many cases of such abuse have been aired on television over the years. With the threat of prosecution for such taping, these rogue officers would have little reason to limit their abusive actions.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  58. TERRY

    We need our Goverment to watch BP!!! We watch the GOVERMENT!!! With both the problem should be solved!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  59. MeLoN

    Not a new idea but it is a good Patriot. I posted that idea on this blog when the new Arizona law was signed. I couldn't get a response to it either.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  60. sherry

    There should be shut off valves at different levels on the pipe. Then if it breaks they could just turn it off and these things would never happen.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:40 am |
  61. Patriot

    Here is the fix to all the shouting about Arizona 1070 and worries of racial claims:

    A little change in the wording of the Immigration law: that police inquire into immigration status of
    all arrestees."

    This way no one is left out... Doesn't matter
    ...who you are, if you're arrested you are asked about immigration
    status...I think it's a great idea.

    Looks like the news cameras and every film ever shot in Maryland are about to get tossed into court....
    Run .......CNN the Maryland State Police are looking for you LOL LOL

    May 25, 2010 at 6:37 am |
  62. Pauly

    Why can't people understand that the govt doesn't have the expertise or equipment to deal w/ the leak? Besides, a law passed by Congress after the Exxon-Valdez spill gives the oil co's the lead in dealing w/ any spills. The Coast Guard has dealt w/ clean up of spills before but that isn't what they are trained to do. Since 9/11, their focus has been on terrorism.

    Sorry but you can't just send divers a mile beneath the ocean's surface. Even our subs can't dive to that depth! Yesterday, someone said our torpedos could reach that depth. Seriously, it's much easier to cap a pipe than a crater!

    From the beginning, experts have said the best solution is to drill a relief well(s). Many are still saying it's the only way to actually stop it. So the top kill & junk shot are only iffy at best. Either or both of these can make the situation much worse. Drill baby, drill!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  63. Irene

    Let BP keep working on capping the well.....

    President Obama should take the reins and ASAP have Billy Nungesser and all those who make their livings on the Gulf take charge in cleaning up their shores and preventing further damage.

    Why can't the EPA ENFORCE their decision as to chemical disbursements???

    May 25, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  64. Leanne

    I, like many, are disgusted with BP and their numerous accidents both on land and offshore. BP has said they will clean up every drop of oil spilled in the Gulf. How do they intend on accomplishing this (and plugging the leak) prior to the first hurricane that hits the Gulf? I could be wrong, but it seams to me that a large enough hurricane could spread oil throughout the entire Gulf and beyond. Will it be humanly possible to clean all of it up? How do you clean up the oil that has settled on the ocean floor after using the dispersants?

    May 25, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  65. MeLoN

    1.9 million for 35 years in for a crime he didn't commit? Not nearly enough. It should be twice that for every year he spent "inside".

    May 25, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  66. Patriot

    The things taken place in the stock market is American and those around the world telling the Bilderberg group to take a hike. People are smarter than they are given credit for. The people are buying what is real, no longer buying into the whims of another selling a quote piece of the pie.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  67. Pauly

    Sen Landrieu said yesterday that if you worked & made $50,000.00 last year BP will write you a check for $50,000.00. If you owned a business which made $1 million last year, BP will write you a check for $1 million. Since the spill happened after the 1st quarter, I don't see BP paying people during that time. I have never believed BP will pay 100% reimbursement either.

    She was against raising the liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion, saying it would hurt mom & pop outfits. The Deep Horizon rig cost more than $500 million. The acoustic switch that many say would have prevented the spill costs $500,000.00. BP said it was too expensive. If it was too expensive for them, how would mom & pop outfits afford it? And if a company can't pay for damages it causes, why should they be allowed to operate?

    May 25, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  68. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    The government should step in if BP can't stop the spill. Does BP actually care about the damage it is doing to the Gulf?

    ANNNDDDD....... nobody cares about the "Queen".

    May 25, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  69. Alan

    I have one question. Why is it so difficult to stop the oil spill? The reason that is given is the 5000 foot dept. If that is really the reason, HOW did they get the well down there is the first place??? I just think that BP thought this would never happen to them and thought "we don't need any precautions" Very sad

    May 25, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  70. Patriot

    We should all be proud of those in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida too.
    See they are showing their disgust with BP and the Federal Governments results and response to the tragedy in the Gulf. Taking back what is given to them by the law of God or mother nature, whichever pleases you. They are now taking steps and action to do what they can to protect preserve and rescue the Gulf Coast. Not just for them, rather for those who will follow behind them.
    These people are not only Patriots caring for their country, they are leaders in Humanity towards others and animals too

    Hopefully they will be inspiration to us all. They know first hand how FEMA is nothing more than a federal strong arm, not to truly provide assistance to those hit with a disaster, rather a strong arm police to keep what the government considers lawful order.

    Let these actions of the citizens of the Gulf Coast and those in Arizona too be an inspiration of how to take back what is ours!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  71. S Hills

    I worked in higher education for over 11 years. I was surprised how much money meant to different colleges and departments and how administrators and Deans battled over it. The politics were as staunch as any business.

    I knew then that the costs were way too high. Money decisions by mid-management/directors wasn't handled well either. Grants were questionable too regarding many aspects of how things developed. The quality of research was not what people would think and many of the studies involved 'college students' hardly a true demographic of the American people.

    There was good happening too, but, I was surprised about a great many things. Unless one is going into engineering, medical, hard sciences, and other specific skill sets I can't recommend college for people.

    May 25, 2010 at 6:10 am |