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October 7th, 2010
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Administration criticized over oil spill estimates

(CNN) – The Obama administration vastly underestimated the tens of thousands of barrels of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, despite contrary information from scientists using better methodologies, a report from a national panel investigating the response said Wednesday.

And, the report said, the White House Office of Management and Budget squelched higher worst-case estimates once government officials accepted them, preventing the public from hearing them.

The staff also sharply criticized later White House estimates that 75 percent of the oil had been scooped up, burned or naturally dispersed, saying an operational tool - known as the oil budget - used by responders failed to accurately account for biodegradation and was not peer-reviewed by scientists. FULL STORY

Afghanistan starts peace council

(CNN) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday launched a council to help negotiate with the Taliban and find a way for peace.

Karzai told the group, made up of about 68 Afghan clerics and elders, that it can help establish peace in Afghanistan.

The peace council meeting is one of several addressing the war in recent days.

Political figures from Pakistan and Afghanistan were also sitting down this week in Kabul for a dialogue aimed at ending the nine-year-old Afghan war, in what one Afghan official called a "new phase" in building bridges and making peace with the Taliban

But a Taliban spokesman told CNN that the group was not interested in peace talks. FULL STORY

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  1. mike sey

    Joe Klein tells John Roberts that people are frustrated with the media. John asks why?

    Two days of speculation about a Hillary/Biden switch is one example. Worth a passing mention maybe, but two days of a media manufactured story with anchors, pundits and experts pushing it to some self-fulfilling conclusion is a travesty of ' news'. Drop it.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  2. Scott

    I'm curious, Why would Mark Preston leave out the portion of Todd Palin's e-mail in which Todd Palin basically said that endorsements were a quid pro quo and that maybe Miller didn't know "How this endorsement thing works" Todd Palin then said that Sara Palin had spent the day writing a facebook endorsement of Miller and as a result would not be posting.

    That is a facinating insite into how politicians think. It shows the possibility that they may care more about a reciprical endorsement then whether or not they actually believe in their endorsement, and yet Mr. Preston completely ignored that. Next he soft peddeled the obvious non-endorsement of Miller saying that Palin was "Constitutionally Qualified" and instead commented that Miller said lots of wonderful things about Palin. What is going on with the political reporting?!

    October 7, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  3. Average American

    he report on the oil spill is evidence of "watch what you wish for". Obama probably thought because the White House ordered the report done they'd be biased in favor of the White House.

    Karzai wants to negotiate with the Taliban – fine. It's his country. Pull the US troops out of there and cut off all aid to Afghanistan. Let Karzai share power with the Taliban – he won't last a year.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:30 am |