(CNN) – The Obama administration has sent a fourth bill for $99.7 million to BP and other responsible parties relating to the energy company's oil spill, according to a statement from the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center.
The government said BP is financially responsible for all costs associated with the response to the spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its source, reduce the spread of oil, protect the shoreline and mitigate damages, as well as long-term recovery efforts for individuals and communities.
The government bills BP and other parties regularly for costs incurred by the federal on-scene coordinator to support federal, state and local response efforts and ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed on an ongoing basis.
Washington (CNN) – Former Rep. Pat Toomey raised $3.1 million toward his Pennsylvania Senate bid in the 2nd quarter of 2010, his campaign said Tuesday.
That represents the Republican's biggest haul to date, and a significant increase from the $2.3 million reported by his campaign in the 1st quarter.
Toomey's Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Sestak, brought in $2 million over the same period, and has a little over $2 million cash on hand, Sestak campaign spokesman Jonathon Dworkin confirmed to CNN.
Washington (CNN) - More Americans oppose rather than support the federal government's lawsuit against Arizona's tough new immigration law, according to a new poll.
A Pew Research Center/National Journal survey indicates that 45 percent of the public disapproves of the Justice Department's move last week to block implementation of the law, with 36 percent approving of the action, and 19 percent unsure.
The measure, which is scheduled to take effect later this month, requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and allows police to question the residency status of people in the course of enforcing another law. It also targets businesses that hire illegal immigrant laborers or knowingly transports them.
Washington (CNN) - Facing a bruising midterm election in less than four months, President Obama's aides are putting together an aggressive schedule to deploy President Bill Clinton at campaign and fundraising events in key states around the country in the weeks ahead, according to Democratic officials familiar with the plans.
"It's a no-brainer you would use one of the most talented politicians the country has ever had," said one Democratic official familiar with the discussions. "There are few as good at laying out the contrast with Republicans."
While there has been speculation Clinton might not be used that frequently because of lingering frostiness between the two presidents dating to the divisive days of the 2008 campaign, the two camps tried to put any such tension to rest in recent weeks at a quiet White House meeting between Clinton aide Doug Band and White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard, according to officials familiar with the discussions.
Washington (CNN) - Going a small step further than his governor, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller told reporters Tuesday that he believes his state will appoint a replacement for former Sen. Robert Byrd, who died June 28, on Friday.
"My guess is that we'll have somebody Friday of this week," the Democrat said outside the Senate chamber.
Mountain State Governor Joe Manchin said last week that he hopes to have a new senator in place by then, but did not indicate the likelihood.
(CNN) – Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, already bruised politically for failing to adequately explain why he continued to employ a staffer who was arrested for threatening to stab his girlfriend, is now facing heat over his apparent support of investigations into President Barack Obama's place of birth.
"I personally don't have standing to bring litigation in court," Vitter told voters in Metairie, Louisiana Sunday. "But I support conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court. I think that is the valid and most possibly effective grounds to do it."
Video of Vitter's remarks were posted by the liberal web site Talking Points Memo on Monday.
When the issue of the president's birthplace first emerged during the 2008 presidential election, the Obama campaign released the then-senator's birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii. In December 2008, after Obama was elected, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man claiming Obama was ineligible to serve as president. Since then, the White House has called doubts from so-called "birthers" that Obama was born in the state of Hawaii "fictional nonsense."
Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Tuesday disagreed with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' assessment over the weekend that there were enough seats in play this year for Democrats to potentially lose control of the House of Representatives.
Referring the number of Congressional seats that are competitive this election cycle, Hoyer admitted that it's "probably close," but he quickly added that just because there are a lot of seats in play does not mean "by any stretch of the imagination that I think we're going to lose the House. I don't think we are going to lose the House."
Hoyer told reporters at his weekly session on Capitol Hill that he understands Americans are still angry with political leaders that the economy hasn't turned around quickly enough. But he said Democrats will make the case in the months leading up to the midterm election that electing GOP candidates will return the country to "Bush Republican failed policies."
Washington (CNNMoney.com) – President Obama on Tuesday cited a "break through" on Wall Street reform and praised three Republican senators for saying they would vote for the bill.
Obama, speaking from the White House, urged the Senate to act quickly, saying he would like to sign the bill into law next week. Senate Democrats told CNN that they will hold a test vote on Thursday.
"Three Republican senators have put politics and partisanship aside to support this reform," Obama said. "I'm grateful for this decision as well as for all the Democrats who worked so hard to make this reform a reality."
(CNN) – As the Wall Street reform bill appears to be on the verge of passing with little GOP support, Democrats are aiming to put Republicans in races across the country on the hook for not backing the measure.
With many national polls indicating that a majority of Americans support increased regulation of Wall Street practices, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is seizing on the opportunity to flag Republicans in the midst of Senate bids who have either come out against the bill or have hesitated supporting it.
Declaring that "these Republicans show zero hesitation to put their political interests first," the DSCC is launching a new interactive web page aiming to inform voters in target races that the GOP candidate voted no when it came to changing the way Wall Street works.
Washington (CNN) - It's probably a bad move to compare your preferred candidate in a mayoral race to Jesus – especially when city streets seem to have more potholes than the Old City has stones.
But that's exactly what happened in the Washington, D.C. mayor's race over the weekend, when a top supporter of incumbent Adrian Fenty likened the mayor's tough re-election fight to the crucifixion of Christ.
Fenty is in danger of losing a costly Democratic primary battle against city council chairman Vincent Gray.
Ron Moten, a community activist and key Fenty ally, took to a campaign rally at RFK Stadium on Sunday and blasted Gray as a "flip-flopper" who will turn back the progress made by Fenty, who was elected in 2006.