The Obama administration Tuesday lifted a moratorium it imposed on deepwater offshore oil drilling in July during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying that new rules should make it safer.
While all work isn't expected to resume immediately, the timing of the announcement — six weeks ahead of schedule and three weeks before congressional and state elections — could give Democrats a boost at the polls.
The moratorium has been blamed for thousands of lost jobs in an already damaged economy
and posed a potential drag on some Democrats' election prospects. More here.