Washington (CNN) - National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen sent a letter Thursday to BP Board Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg asking that he "and any appropriate officials from BP," meet June 16 with senior administration officials, including President Barack Obama.
Read Allen's letter to BP here [pdf].
UPDATE: A senior administration official confirms the BP meeting will take place next Wednesday at the White House.
While the letter doesn’t specifically mention controversial BP CEO Tony Hayward by name, the administration official said “the letter asks the Chairman to bring any appropriate [BP] officials to the meeting and we assume that includes the CEO.”
Haward is scheduled to testify before Congress the following day.
- CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian contributed to this report
Washington (CNN) - The man responsible for electing more Democrats to the U.S. Senate believes that his party's roster of candidates will win in November because Republican candidates are either "poster childs" for failed policies or "fringe candidates."
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. On Thursday at the headquarters for the Democratic National Committee he spoke with reporters about the results of a round of primaries on Tuesday.
"You've got two types of crops of candidates, Republican candidates, on the ballot this fall," Menendez said.
"You have the establishment candidates – like Roy Blunt, Rob Portman, Dan Coats. You know, when we talk about outsourcing, when we talk about economic policies that were promoted and taking us back to those times that created the circumstances we're in now, lack of regulatory oversight – boy, they're the poster childs for it."
Blunt is the Republican congressman hoping to become Missouri's next senator, Portman is the former Bush administration official hoping to represent Ohio in the Senate, and Republican Coats – a former senator – hopes to reclaim that job for Indiana.
Menendez added, what he called, a second group of Republicans running in the general election.
"And then the fringe candidates, who not only take us back to those failed economic policies, but who like privatizing Social Security, eliminating Medicare and putting radioactive waste in Yucca Mountain."
(CNN) - The chairman of the Greenville County Republican Party, the largest county party organization in South Carolina, said Thursday that the lawmaker who called Nikki Haley a "raghead" should be expelled from the state party.
State Sen. Jake Knotts used the slur in the final days of the Republican gubernatorial primary, which Haley won by a wide margin. Haley is of Indian-American descent and was raised Sikh, but converted to Methodism.
Greenville County GOP chairman Patrick Haddon, who also serves as First Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said he will motion for Knotts' expulsion at the next meeting of the state party's executive committee.
"I cannot sit idly by and watch our Party be torn apart by Senator Jake Knotts' bigotry," Haddon said in a statement. "This is the harshest penalty the Party can impose, and it is more than justified in this situation."
(CNN) - You can find pretty much anything on Craigslist, from a used sleeper sofa to a new job; and now, President Obama's old New York City apartment.
You can "LIVE LIKE A PRESIDENT!" in the Morningside Heights pad Obama crashed in when he attended Columbia University. "YES LIVE WHERE PRESIDENT OBAMA LIVED !!!" the headline of the listing confirms. "TRUE STORY."
The New York Times confirmed that Obama once lived in the walk-up apartment. The President received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York in 1983.
Located on West 109th Street, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom second-floor apartment is available on June 15 and can be yours for the Manhattan-sized price of $1,899 per month.
The apartment boasts "great light, big windows," hardwood floors and a kitchen furnished with "new appliances and cabinets."
Real estate agent Dalila Bella told CNN that she has shown the apartment to three interested parties but said the apartment is still occupied by the departing tenants. An open house is scheduled for June 12.
Bella said the owner isn't putting a premium on the flat simply because the leader of the free world used to live there. She said it was listed last year without any reference to Obama and leased for the same price.
President Obama met Thursday with congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House to discuss his legislative agenda and the latest developments from the Gulf oil spill. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
(CNN) - Two African-American lawmakers in South Carolina met privately with Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene on Thursday to express concerns about how that state might be portrayed if he moves forward with his surprising and somewhat bizarre candidacy.
One of the lawmakers asked Greene to abandon his Senate bid but was politely rebuffed. The other came away from the meeting with the impression that the Democratic Senate nominee is battling a mental impairment.
State Reps. Bakari Sellers and Todd Rutherford met with Greene for roughly an hour in Columbia, where Greene was taping television interviews.
Sellers said he asked Greene to abandon his bid but was unsuccessful.
(CNN) - In the same southern California hotel Carly Fiorina declared victory in the GOP Senate primary several hours earlier, she and the rest of the state Republican ticket gathered in hopes of seizing momentum in the key races for U.S. Senate and governor.
Both Fiorina and GOP gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman emphasized they were the outsiders running against Democratic veterans and said their business experience as former CEOs best equipped them to fix the state's massive economic problems: a $19 billion budget shortfall and a 12.6 percent unemployment rate.
"You know career politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. have just woken up to their worst nightmare: two businesswomen from the real world who have created jobs, know how to get things done, know how to balance budgets and deliver the results," Whitman said to the cheering crowd. She was referring to herself, a former eBay CEO and Fiorina, who used to head Hewlett Packard.
Fiorina is running against Sen. Barbara Boxer, the three-term Democratic incumbent who has been considered vulnerable because of her poor showing in recent polls. Even before she captured the GOP nomination, Boxer started attacking Fiorina for her stewardship at HP, during which thousands of workers were laid off or whose jobs were outsourced overseas, and yesterday launched a website specifically looking at her troubled tenure while at the company.
Washington (CNN)- Majority Whip James Clyburn is calling for an investigation into the source of funds that currently-unemployed Senate Democratic nominee Alvin Greene used to pay his state party's $10,440 filing fee in South Carolina.
During an appearance on the Bill Press radio show, Clyburn said, "Nobody in his or her right mind would believe that an unemployed person would take $10,000 out of his or her pockets to run for the United States Senate. That doesn't add up. Somebody gave him that $10,000 and he who took it should be investigated and he who gave it should be investigated."
On Wednesday Greene told CNN that "I funded my campaign entirely out of my pocket." "I am self-managed and self-funded out of my personal money, everything up to this point." Greene said.
Greene, whose candidacy was almost unknown before Tuesday's Senate primary, paid the fee to the South Carolina State Democratic Party in March.
Kristie Grecko, a spokesman for Clyburn's office said that Clyburn's remarks are based on the fact that "Alvin Greene does not have an income."
Grecko also said that Clyburn has asked the State Democratic Party to reach out to the federal government to investigate the matter.
When asked if there were any investigations pending regarding Greene, William Nettles, US Attorney for South Carolina, told CNN that he "cannot confirm or deny any FEC election investigation."
FEC representative Mary Brandenburg would not comment on Greene's case specifically, but said that that candidates "are not required to file with the FEC until they have passed a $5,000 fundraising and spending threshold."
Clyburn is not the only Democratic leader who is dissatisfied with the explanation behind Greene's surge into politics. South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler called for Greene to withdraw from the nomination on Wednesday, following a media report that Greene is facing felony charges.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has highlighted the inadequacy of current environmental pollution laws, and urged Congress to move forward with a series of changes in an "aggressive, forward-leaning way."
He made his remarks during a White House meeting with the bipartisan congressional leadership.
"At the top of our list was our continued response to the crisis in the Gulf," Obama said at the end of the meeting. "We had a frank conversation about the fact that the laws that have been in place have not been adequate for a crisis of this magnitude."
The president specifically mentioned the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which Democrats have strongly criticized for imposing a $75 million oil spill liability cap.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration won't reconsider its moratorium on deepwater oil drilling, a White House spokesman said Thursday.