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6:25 PM ET, March 31, 2010

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John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner rebukes Obama offshore drilling plan  —  President Barack Obama's plan to allow expanded offshore oil and gas exploration won rebuke from the top House Republican on Wednesday.  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed the president's plan as not going far enough in opening up U.S. waters for exploration.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Drill, Baby, Drill  —  Welcome to the coastal drilling era: … I don't understand this at all.  Increased coastal drilling would be a small price to pay in exchange for actual congressional votes for an overall energy package that shifts us to a low-carbon economy over time.
Michelle Malkin:
Of pipelines and pipedreams: Obama's drilling deception  —  He was against it:  —  Before he was for it: … If this were a sincere change of heart and an honest, stand-alone effort to wean America off foreign oil, it would be worth heralding.  —  But as always with this administration …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ALL PART OF THE PLAN.... We talked earlier about the Obama …
Discussion: Wonkette and TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Drill, Obama, Drill  —  For a Democratic president …
Discussion: Swampland, Grist and Prairie Weather
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama's drilling proposal sparks battle among Senate Democrats
Discussion: CNN
Yahoo! News:
Palin, Fox News, LL Cool J tangle over phantom interview  —  Here's a chapter in the culture wars that no one saw coming: Sarah Palin and Fox News facing off against '80s rap star and actor LL Cool J.  —  Palin makes her hosting debut Thursday night on Fox, as captain of an interview special in Greta Von Susteren's 10 p.m. slot.
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Kathleen Madigan / Wall Street Journal:
Private Sector Sheds Jobs  —  Private-sector jobs in the U.S. dropped by 23,000 this month.  Above, unemployed Americans line up as they wait to gain entry to meet employers at the Los Angeles Career Fair in March.  —  Private-sector jobs in the U.S. dropped by 23,000 this month …
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Holding back job growth? Workers' awesome output
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Taxes per Person  —  Some pundits, reflecting on the looming U.S. budget deficits, claim that Americans are vastly undertaxed compared with other major nations.  I was wondering, to what extent is that true?  —  The most common metric for answering this question is taxes as a percentage of GDP.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Mankiw's Tortured Tax Logic
Scott / Power Line:
Evan Coyne Maloney remembers  —  Evan Coyne Maloney is the documentary filmmaker and proprietor of Brain Terminal.  During the Bush administration, Evan was out in the field with his camera observing protests and interviewing protesters.  He is therefore in a good position to recall the signs …
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Emptywheel:
Breaking: Judge Walker Grants Summary Judgment Finding Gov't Liable Under FISA  —  Short version: al-Haramain wins!  —  Judge Walker just issued the following ruling in the al-Haramain case: … Walker is basically saying, “Well, government, if you won't give us any evidence to prove …
Discussion: Salon
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court Says Bush Illegally Wiretapped Two Americans
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swampland
ABCNEWS:
GOP Wary of Health Law Repeal Push in Fall Races  —  GOP leaders temper call for repealing health law, saying jobs, economy are key to fall races  —  Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that's roaring through the conservative base …
The Huffington Post:
Clinton Pollster: If Election Were Today, It Would Be Like '94  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The pollster manning the ship for President Bill Clinton during the disastrous 1994 congressional elections is experiencing some déjà vu as the Democratic Party approaches this off-year contest.
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Clinton pollster says if election were held today, 1994 would repeat
Discussion: Firedoglake
Quinnipiac University:
Democrats On Top In Ohio Senate, Governor Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Bounces Back From Big Negative To A Split  —  Democrats are having a mini-surge in Ohio as two possible candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat have come from behind to pass the Republican contender …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC cancels Young Eagles events  —  In the wake of a scandal around the Republican National Committee's sponsorship of an event at a racy Los Angeles club, the committee is putting parts of its Young Eagles program for younger donors on hold.  —  With traditional major donors shying away …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC: Dems do it too, sort of  —  In hopes of redirecting incoming fire about its spending habits, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday tried to turn scrutiny to the spending habits of the Democratic National Committee but came up with nothing nearly as risque as almost $2,000 …
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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC drops oppo on DNC high-falutin' expenditures
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Barack The Good  —  The big government liberalism that Mr. Obama uses to make himself history-making also alienates him in the center-right America of today.  —  It has to be acknowledged that, in his battle for health-care reform, President Obama has shown real presidential mettle.
Howie Klein / Crooks and Liars:
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Take Some Time Out From Battling The Teabaggers To Talk With Us Live  —  I've been noticing a disturbing trend in the Kentucky contest for the Senate seat that McConnell forced Jim Bunning to give up.  Whenever you line up the candidates on the issues …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gallup: Majority Says Dem Health Reform Tactics Were “Abuse Of Power”  —  Yesterday I noted the seemingly odd finding by Gallup that more Americans blame Democrats than Republicans or conservatives for the rash of violence that greeted the passage of the reform law.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Excessive Outrage on Retiree Subsidy Accounting  —  So as blogged yesterday, the new health care plan changed the tax treatment of a subsidy for retiree prescription drug benefits, which caused those companies who had received the subsidy to announce a charge against their deferred tax assets.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Teaching Reading by Teaching Nonfiction  —  Like a lot of people I know, I read a lot and what I read is mostly nonfiction.  But as Dana Goldstein points out in a great piece lots of Americans read very poorly and schools teach reading almost exclusively through fiction:
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Donohue: Child Molesting Priests Weren't Pedophiles Because Most Boys Were Post Pubescent  —  Bill Donohue seemed very proud of the fact that most child molesting priests weren't actually pedophiles in his words, but only guilty of abusing children who had achieved puberty.
Discussion: Think Progress and Slate
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Sports Viewers Largely Republican  —  If you're a GOP strategist looking for key primary votes, spend your valuable advertising money on PGA Tour events.  If you're a Dem trying to win over your base, focus on advertising during NBA games.  —  So says a new study among hundreds of thousands …
 
 
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