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9:50 AM 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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IN EXCHANGE FOR WHAT?.... That the Obama administration would agree to open offshore areas to oil drilling is not exactly shocking.  President Obama expressed a willingness to incorporate this into a larger energy policy during the campaign, and he alluded to “opening new offshore areas for oil …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Countdown Tops CNN Again, But Rates Better Without Olbermann  —  MSNBC continues its dominance of CNN during prime time as the 2nd place cable news outlet, while CNN remains ahead during dayside hours (with Fox News dominating in 1st place in both categories).
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Matea Gold / Chicago Tribune:
Sarah Palin's Fox News show premieres with celebrity guests  —  NEW YORK — Sarah Palin's media domination continues this week with the debut Thursday of “Real American Stories,” a new series on Fox News hosted by the former Alaska governor about people with “real-life tales of overcoming adversity.”
CNN:   LL Cool J upset with Palin, Fox
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Together At Last: Palin To Debut New Fox Show With Guest, L.L. Cool J
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Big announcement coming from Hutchison  —  U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has called a press conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday in San Antonio and is expected to announce whether she will stay in the Senate for the rest of her term.  —  Sen. John Cornyn, her fellow Texas Republican …
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Hutchison Will Serve Out Term  —  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will announce today she has decided to serve out the remainder of her term, according to a source familiar with Hutchison's plans.  —  The move is a reversal of a pledge Hutchison made to step down as she challenged Gov. Rick Perry (R) earlier this year.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, Hot Air and The Page
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Growing ‘Frustration’ With Steele Inside RNC  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele “allowed a certain climate to exist” that resulted in the committee paying for a now infamous visit to a Los Angeles strip club, a senior RNC committeeman tells Fox News.
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The Hill:
GOP leaders seek to distance themselves from Michael Steele
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
One Man's Quest to Catalog Presidential Minutiae  —  Radio Reporter Keeps Tabs on Vacations, Dinners, Phrases; a 60,000-Word Summit  —  WASHINGTON—When President Barack Obama told a gathering of the nation's governors last month that he was “not going to rest” until each state's economy improves, Mark Knoller was counting.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House swamped with authors looking for the inside story
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Two presidents visit U.S. troops: The styles of Barack Obama …
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Charles Johnson “Fairly Sure” the Tennesee State Flag is a Neo-Nazi Logo...  And I'm fairly sure the Husky Ponytailed Blogger's a washed-up has-been...  The link he provides goes to this picture:  —  Umm yeah, that's the Tennesee state flag...  FAIL.
Wall Street Journal:
Lady Gaga Versus Mideast Peace  —  Are settlements more offensive than pop stars?  —  Pop quiz—What does more to galvanize radical anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world: (a) Israeli settlements on the West Bank; or (b) a Lady Gaga music video?  —  If your answer is (b) …
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Hating Us For Our Degeneracy
Discussion: Mother Jones and Obsidian Wings
Abu Muqawama / cnas.org:
ABU MUQAWAMA: POST
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
New Obama push meets Hill resistance  —  The president's push to turn health care reform into a catalyst for the rest of his agenda is getting mixed early reactions on Capitol Hill, where Democratic leaders' desire to take advantage of healthy majorities before the November elections must contend with lawmakers' survival instincts.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Bloomberg
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Corker Won't Back Financial Bill
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Militia Probe Included Undercover FBI Agent  —  An undercover agent was part of the federal investigation of a Michigan-based Christian militia group that allegedly planned to spark an uprising against the government by killing police officers, court documents show.
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CNN:
Insider: Hutavee group ‘like private army’
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMMuckraker
Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
Jaime Escalante dies at 79; math teacher who challenged East L.A. students to ‘Stand and Deliver’  —  He became America's most famous teacher after a 1988 movie portrayed his success at mentoring working-class pupils at Garfield High to pass a rigorous national calculus exam.  He died of cancer.
Matthew Cole / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’  —  Shahram Amiri Disappeared Last June in Saudi Arabia, Reportedly Now Resettled in the United States  —  An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances …
Dennis Prager / National Review:
Leftism, the Religion  —  Many Americans find it difficult to understand why Jews on the left, including many who would call themselves “liberal” rather than “left,"continued to enthusiastically support President Obama after the revelations about the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish views …
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Eye
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Holding back job growth?  Workers' awesome output  —  When workers become more efficient, it's normally a good thing.  But lately, it has acted as a powerful brake on job creation.  And the question of whether the recent surge in productivity has run its course is the key to whether job growth is finally poised to take off.
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
The Numbers Don't Lie  —  A Democratic senator I can't name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect …
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Blake Snow / Fox News:
NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits  —  NASA can put a man on the moon, but the space agency can't tell you what the temperature was back then.
 
 
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Assessing John Thune's 2012 chances
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Julie Bykowicz / Baltimore Sun:
Ehrlich announces run for governor
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