Today in BP Oil Disaster: Day 46

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  • If you haven't seen these yet...
  • Meanwhile: “My number one priority is to steer BP through this crisis, and that is exactly what I intend to do."
  • When the media tells you to shut up, you should probably shut up:
  • Instead of reassuring the public, critics say, Mr. Hayward has turned into a day-after-day reminder of BP’s public relations missteps in responding to the crisis, which began six weeks ago and looks likely to continue well into the summer.

  • BP's market price has dropped about $62 billion, while the cost of insuring its debt has increased — and Royal Dutch Shell may be eyeballing the company for a takeover. Today, BP CEO Tony Hayward faces his investors... and a $10 billion payout to shareholders.
  • From the Deepwater Horizon Response (DHR): If you leaked it then you should have put a hat on it. But, "It will be sometime before we can confirm that this method will work and to what extent it will mitigate the release of oil into the environment," says Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander.  "Even if successful, this is only a temporary and partial fix and we must continue our aggressive response operations at the source, on the surface and along the Gulf's precious coastline."
  • Also from DHR: This morning, 60 birds (of which 41 are pelicans) coated with oil were transported to Fort Jackson Rehabilitation Center. The birds are from Queen Bess Island Pelican Rookery, which was impacted by oil from bad weather.
  • President Barack Obama is back in the Gulf today — his third trip since the disaster began — after spending a week informing the country he's hopping mad about the response.
  • Tar balls are beginning to wash ashore on Alabama and Pensacola, Fla. beaches.
  • On last night's broadcast, Rachel Maddow jumped on Grand Isle beaches and waters to explore the "post-apocalyptic sensory experience of a manmade disaster irretrievably destroying a part of our country." Watch it here.
  • Jeremy Zilar from the New York TimesGreen blog put together an invaluable list of resources — maps, photos, wildlife information, government sites, and info graphics. Bookmark it.
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