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Oil giant BP has accused oilfields services firm Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence relating to last year’s oil well blast in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 people were killed.
At a hearing in a New Orleans’ court, BP said Halliburton had “intentionally” destroyed test results on its cement product used at the Macondo well.
Halliburton denied this, saying the claims were “without merit”.
Cement was a key factor in causing America’s worst offshore oil spill.
The blast that followed at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April led to the release of 780m litres (206m gallons) of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP and Halliburton are locked in a legal battle ahead of a trial on damages early next year. [Read Full Article]
Michele Bachmann’s had plenty of uncomfortable moments on the campaign trail, but wait until you see this: At a South Carolina book signing, an 8-year-old boy named Elijah whispered to Bachmann, “My mom is gay and she doesn’t need fixing.” Bachmann responded with a blank expression, then waved to him as he ran away. The person who filmed the event told Chicago Now that Elijah’s mom had been standing in line to speak to Bachmann herself, but decided she was too nervous. Elijah insisted that they stay so he could give Bachmann the message himself. [QUOTE: THE DAILY BEAST]
SOUTH CAROLINA, I BELIEVE IT SAYS IN THE BIBLE, “AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM.”
JOB CREATOR new term for RICH PERSON
REPUBLICAN LEADERS, JUST WHERE ARE THE “JOB CREATORS?”
Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump, who lives on prime real estate, Fifth Avenue, New York City, would create mini-Apprentice program that would benefit “10 wonderful poor kids”…and enhance the personal and financial ambitions of these two celebrity book hawkers. E.J. Dionne of Brookings suggests that the Republican Party is fast becoming “a book club.” “The Donald” is pushing a new book. Surprise! Newt is prolific as an author and medica producer. Herman Cain is accused of using his campaign to increase his book sales. Sarah Palin, who never officially announced her campaign, left her job as governor to help Alaska in other ways, instead went on to author books, go on book tours and speaking engagements and become a TV star on the Discovery Channel. Every day in the media we hear described how the Republican candidates and their debate performance are making a circus of their political process. Where will all of this lead us? I am reminded of the success of Republican Sarah Palin’s career as an author with this graphic:
Occupy Congress on Jan. 17: ‘Largest Occupy protest ever’
In the two weeks since the New York Police Department cleared New York’s Zuccotti Park of its camping protesters, the Occupy Wall Street movement has increasingly turned its attention to Washington. Last week, some 50 marchers arrived at McPherson Square from New York and then marched on the Capitol. Yesterday, Occupy DC targeted congressional Democrats at a campaign fundraiser. Now, protesters say they plan to Occupy Congress on Jan. 17, in the “largest Occupy protest ever!”
(Facebook) The protest is being timed with the start of the 2012 legislative session for Congress. Protesters say they hope to set up 1 million tents in front of the Capitol. “We’re taking the movement straight to their doorstep,” the protest’s Facebook page wrote.
A Puerto Rican student wrote on Twitter that she hoped they could Occupy the Federal Reserve, Treasury, and Supreme Court, too.
When organizers asked on Facebook what “unified message” they should all bring to Congress, commenter Donna Hebert wrote:“End corporate personhood. Term limits in congress (3 in house, 1 in senate)… End salary or health insurance tenure. Reform campaign finance to end corporate/pac donations.” Within minutes, the comment had nearly a dozen likes.
Although branded by some as a liberal movement, Occupy has repeatedly stated that it does not ally with any political party, and will take aim at the Democrats as well as Republicans when it Occupies Congress in January.
By Elizabeth Flock | 09:37 AM ET, 12/02/2011
Washington (CNN) — Protesters from the Occupy movement and other groups are planning to converge on Capitol Hill Tuesday to air their grievances in front of members of Congress.
Members of a broad range of organizations, including unions and community groups, are expected to travel to Washington to take part in an event dubbed “Take Back the People’s House.”
Many of the participants plan to assemble in the morning before marching toward the Capitol, according to information posted on the website of Progressive Maryland, a nonprofit organization that says it works to improve conditions for working families.
After arriving at the Capitol, marchers say they intend to fan out for meetings with representatives and “occupy” Congressional offices until closure. Not all participants have meetings scheduled, so some protests are expected in the area around the Capitol.
The event takes place after a confrontation Sunday between the police and protesters from Occupy DC in the district’s McPherson Square. Officers forcibly removed several people clinging to a wood structure erected in the square, and a total of 31 people were arrested over the course of the day, the police said. [Full Article]