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2:30 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.
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 …
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.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Drill, Obama, Drill  —  For a Democratic president, this is a pretty gutsy move to open the public debate about an energy bill.  Or, well, maybe it's not: it's high-reward, low-risk; environmentalists will complain, but then again, environmentalists complain.
Discussion: Swampland, Prairie Weather and Grist
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IN EXCHANGE FOR WHAT?.... That the Obama administration would agree …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ALL PART OF THE PLAN.... We talked earlier about the Obama …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Morgan / It's Getting Hot In Here:   Our Generation Screwed Over by Obama's Offshore Drilling Plan
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama to expand off-shore oil drilling
Stephen Power / Washington Wire:
Environmentalists Split on Drilling Plan
Discussion: The Page
Raymond J. Learsy / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Brave Decison to Drill Offshore
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kay Bailey Hutchison to stay in the Senate
CNN:   Despite pledge, senator will not retire
Manu Raju / The Politico:   Hutchison to stay in Senate
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Big announcement coming from Hutchison
CNN:
LL Cool J upset with Palin, Fox  —  LL Cool J is taking aim at Fox and Sarah Palin.  —  (CNN) - Rapper LL Cool J appears to be upset with Sarah Palin and Fox news for using footage of a 2008 interview in its promotion for the former Alaska governor's upcoming television special.
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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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sec. Salazar: Cap-and-trade ‘is not in the lexicon anymore’  —  “Cap-and-trade” isn't part of the Obama administration's lexicon anymore when it comes to addressing climate change, a top cabinet secretary said Wednesday.  —  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sent signals that the White House believes …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Kerry's Office: Offshore Drilling Could Help Get 60 Votes For Climate Legislation
Discussion: The Hill and Hullabaloo
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Peace Not Possible if Iran Escapes Real Sanctions  —  This is a meaningful week for so many of us.  As millions of Christians and Jews celebrate this Holy Week, it's appropriate to reflect on developments in the Holy Land.  Israel faces a nuclear threat from Iran that grows every day.
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Matthew Cole / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’
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: Bloomberg and Washington Monthly
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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.
John / Verum Serum:
Memo to Paul Krugman and Rep. Van Hollen: My Search Was Not in Vain  —  In last Thursday's column, Paul Krugman admitted to having fun watching “right-wingers go wild.”  One of the things that apparently delighted him was this map which Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook page:
Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Writedowns—II  —  Democrats blame a vast CEO conspiracy.  —  So the wave of corporate writedowns—led by AT&T's $1 billion—isn't caused by ObamaCare after all.  The White House claims CEOs are reducing the value of their companies and returns for shareholders merely out of political pique.
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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