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June 18th, 2010
06:34 AM ET

Gut Check: Too many hearings?

By Bob Ruff and Carol Costello, CNN

(CNN) – Just last week, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters there have been just too many congressional hearings on the Deepwater Horizons disaster.

“Well, this is Congress at its best. You know, why don’t we get the oil stopped? All right. Figure out what the hell went wrong, and then have the hearing and get the damn law fixed!”

How many hearings so far? We’ve been keeping track. As of Thursday night, 33 and counting—and it has only been two months. And that got us to wondering, are 33 hearings helping? Hurting? Do they matter at all?


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June 18th, 2010
05:58 AM ET

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BP chief's testimony angers lawmakers

(CNN) – As oil continued gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's ruptured deepwater well Friday, the political firestorm sparked by the environmental disaster showed no signs of slowing.

Lawmakers said many questions remained after BP CEO Tony Hayward faced a bipartisan barrage of criticism during a heated day of testimony on Capitol Hill.

"It was frustrating, not just to me but to the American people," Rep. Bart Stupak said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."

U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's oil disaster response manager, is expected to brief reporters on cleanup efforts Friday morning.

On Thursday, he said drilling of two "relief wells," viewed as the ultimate solution to the Deepwater Horizon gusher, was ahead of schedule, but he shied away from saying the well would be plugged early, citing the complexity of the operation. Read more

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