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Truthdig contributor and New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast appeared on RT's "Breaking the Set" on Wednesday to discuss the "gross negligence" committed by BP and described in a federal judge's Findings of Fact on the circumstances that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and turned the Gulf of Mexico into a tub of toxic soup.

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Although US District Judge Carl Barbier found BP liable for “gross negligence” last week, some U media failed to mention that he let BP off the hook on punitive damages And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pigU District Judge Carl Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages last week, which stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig .

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Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other "Left, Right & Center" panelists discuss NATO's coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies "on everybody, but we didn't know about ISIS"; a judge's ruling on BP's negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

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Four years after the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig, the EPA has lifted a ban that excluded the company from new federal contracts. S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service at the time and was forced out soon afterward, tells "Democracy Now!" another catastrophe is a real possibility.

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Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?Four years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

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It was Good Friday, 50 years ago on March 27, 1964, when an earthquake-spurred tsunami wiped out the Chugach village in Chenega, Alaska. Twenty-five years later, as villagers celebrated the rebuilding of their home, a wave of oil from the Exxon Valdez began to move their way.Fifty years ago a tsunami wiped out the Chugach village. Twenty-five years later, as villagers celebrated the rebuilding of their home, another kind of wave headed their way.

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Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, and four years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Obama administration has authorized BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico -- and it's all set to happen again Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, it's all set to happen again.

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