Talking Points: BP, 'anchor putting' and women in combat

Talking Points

Why is BP banned from getting federal contracts?

The British oil company, whose Deepwater Horizon well caused the 2010 spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico, was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency from getting any new contracts with the federal government. That's standard practice for any contractor found guilty of a crime. It applies to BP because the company agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the oil spill and pay $4.5 billion in fines.

What is "anchor putting" and is it unfair?

Long-handled broomstick putters and putters designed to press against a golfer's belly are anchor putters. The United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club now want to change the official rules of the game to ban such putters, saying the free swinging of clubs away from the body is a fundamental part of the game. Three of the last five men to win majors used anchored putters.

Can women serve in combat?

The Pentagon in 1994 banned women from ground combat units. And while the rule has been relaxed over the years, the ban remains in effect. There are now more than 14,000 combat positions open to women, a relatively small number compared with those available to men. Four women are now suing the Pentagon to overturn the ban, saying the restrictions prevent women from advancing in the military.

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