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9:20 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.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Details Plan to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday described his proposal to open vast expanses of American coastlines to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, as a painful but necessary decision.
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
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Drill, Obama, Drill  —  For a Democratic president …
Discussion: Swampland, Grist and Prairie Weather
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ALL PART OF THE PLAN.... We talked earlier about the Obama …
Discussion: Wonkette and TalkLeft
Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle:
Obama aims to open more areas to drilling
Discussion: The Foundry and James Pethokoukis
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Tony Perkins urges conservatives to stop giving money to RNC  —  Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and an influential social conservative, is urging his members to stop giving money to the Republican National Committee, POLITICO has learned.  —  “I've hinted at this before …
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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 …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC  —  (CNN) - The head of an influential social conservative organization urged supporters Wednesday to stop donating to the Republican National Committee and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals.
Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group
Discussion: Riehl World View
New York Times:
Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretapping Program Illegal  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration's effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed …
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Emptywheel:
Breaking: Judge Walker Grants Summary Judgment Finding Gov't Liable Under FISA
Discussion: Salon
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court Says Bush Illegally Wiretapped Two Americans
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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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
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: More blame Obama for poor economy, unemployment  —  WASHINGTON — Americans anxious about unemployment and the economy increasingly blame President Obama for hard times, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, amid signs of turbulence in November's midterm elections.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Tea Partier Tells Mediaite Racist Sign Was Forged; We Have Him On Record Defending Its Use  —  Self-proclaimed Tea Party founder Dale Robertson told Tommy Christopher at Mediaite that the infamous photo of him holding a sign with the n-word (which he spelled wrong) is a fake.  Reports Christopher:
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Clinton pollster says if election were held today, 1994 would repeat  —  Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg said Wednesday that if the 2010 election were held today, his party would be faced with a similar result to its catastrophic 1994 losses.  —  Greenberg, who was Bill Clinton's pollster …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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.
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
Why All the Wounded Fawns?  — By: Victor Davis Hanson  —  Why are charges of racism and political extremism suddenly in the air?  —  Party politics is always the norm, but what is unusual this time around is the juxtaposition between the once-soaring Obama unity rhetoric of the past …
Discussion: Metablog
The Huffington Post:
Top Bank Regulator Changes Tune, Now Calls For Independent Consumer Agency  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  After months of criticizing the Obama administration's proposal to create a consumer-focused agency dedicated to protecting borrowers from abusive lenders, the nation's top big-bank regulator has reversed course.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker cancels town hall due to security concerns  —  Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) canceled a town hall on the new healthcare law Tuesday because of concerns about the security of the event.  —  The congressman's office cited safety issues at the facility where the meeting was to take place …
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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