Will the gushing stop?

May 26, 2010 1:44:45 PM PDT
You know the Obama Administration is in trouble when James Carville starts blasting it, as he has done for the past few days. The former Clinton campaign maven and Democratic Party strategist has made no secret of his feeling that the federal government has done precious little to stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and that it' given far too much control and power for cleaning up and stopping the leak to the giant oil company that caused the problem.

Today, BP started its so-called "top kill" attempt to cap the continual oil leak a mile under the sea floor. Will it work? And if so, how effectively? It might be a couple of days before we know.

And despite all the bluster from Mr. Obama about how this is all intolerable, why has the government not seized control over this toxic catastrophe and confiscated this operation from a company that clearly didn't consider for a nanosecond what might happen if its equipment failed?

Our Jim Dolan has the latest on the oil spill, tonight at 11.

And speaking of BP, we wondered today what effect this environmental calamity is having on BP's retail operations.

Would you pull into a BP gas station these days? A lot of people would not. One friend today said he tore up his BP credit card, and apparently he's not alone. There's a "Boycott BP" page on Facebook, where folks around the country are lashing out.

We're sending our Jen Maxfield out tonight to find out whether the local boycott is having any effect at BP's pumps here. And despite the intentions of people who may be ticked off at the giant oil company, it turns out that when you boycott a BP gas station, you're probably not really hurting BP much. But you may be hurting the small business owner who has the franchise at that location. VOTE IN OUR POLL

New York State politics making some news and it's the kind of news that might not have made our newscast before David Paterson became Governor. I mean a candidate's running mate as Lt. Governor was never much of a big deal. At least until Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace, and his Lt. Governor took over.

So with Paterson very much in mind, we'll take a look at candidate Andrew Cuomo's pick for a running mate: Rochester Mayor and former police chief Robert Duffy.

And we're taking a closer look at a topic that doesn't get much play: adult acne.

Our Dr. Jay Adlersberg tonight looks at some of the myths and facts about adult acne, and at some of the cures.

And we'll look back at the career of TV icon and host Art Linkletter, who died at 97 today. He was a true pioneer with his "People Are Funny" show; he was especially adept and funny with kids.

Linkletter was also controversial. After his daughter committed suicide, he became an anti-drug crusader this was during the 1960s and 1970s. He claimed it was the LSD that made her take her own life; but no LSD was found in her bloodstream during the autopsy.

And one item caught our fancy today apropos to Linkletter's "People Are Funny" show. Telephone engineers in Greece cut off the phone line to the Prime Minister's house today. Not on purpose. They were attempting to disconnect a customer who was behind in payments. And they missed. Oops.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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