Yesterday, BP’s effort to “plug the damn hole,” as President Obama is said to have ordered, seems to have begun working. But even if oil stops gushing up from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, the slick has already decimated one of the world’s most biologically rich ecosystems. And Obama faces a flood tide of political criticism, as well, which he attempted to staunch in yesterday’s press conference, his first in 10 months. He was also asked about a controversy stemming from Congressman Joe Sestak’s comment that the White House offered him a job if he didn’t run against Arlen Specter, whom he just defeated in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, that same day brought Kentucky a Tea Party candidate, Rand Paul, as its Republican candidate for Senate. And Congress is moving ahead in at least four major areas, with major developments on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; financial regulation, immigration and climate change. Joining Marty to discuss all this and more on today’s Radio Times are ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON of the Wall Street Journal and CRAIG CRAWFORD, who writes the Trail Mix blog for CQPolitics.com.