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12:15 AM ET, April 1, 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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The Corner on National Review Online:
Stall, Baby, Stall — By: NRO Staff  —  Many Americans fear that President Obama's new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats' job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The politics of Obama's offshore drilling announcement  —  Here are the two main political implications of the Obama administration's announcement that it will expand offshore drilling:  — A compromise with Conservadems While Republicans have been particularly loud in their support …
The Politico:   Obama tries triangulation lite
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Details Plan to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling
Institute for Energy Research:
Obama Energy Announcement: More Imported Oil, Less Domestic Production, Fewer Jobs
Discussion: Power Line
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Drill, Obama, Drill  —  For a Democratic president …
Discussion: Grist, Swampland and Prairie Weather
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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Brody Mullins / Washington Wire:
Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group  —  As troubles at the Republican National Committee continue, a group of former Republican officials are starting an outside political group that could compete with the RNC for wealthy donors and prominence.  —  The group, American Crossroads …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to RNC: Take me off fundraiser
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC cancels Young Eagles events
Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC: Dems do it too, sort of
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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Melinda Newman / Hitfix:
Like LL Cool J, Toby Keith was unaware of his inclusion in Sarah Palin's show  —  Like LL Cool J, Toby Keith is slated to appear on “Real American Stories,” a Fox News show hosted by Sarah Palin.  Unlike LL Cool J, Keith is still slated to be on the program, but his inclusion was news to him.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Fox News to Cut Old LL Cool J Interview from New Sarah Palin Show  —  Actor, rapper LL Cool J was listed as one of the guests on the premiere of Sarah Palin's Fox News series “Real American Stories.”  But late last night, LL, aka James Todd Smith, Tweeted that Fox News is “misrepresenting” his appearance.
ArtsBeat:
Furor Grows Over Celebrity Appearances on Palin Show  —  Hours after LL Cool J complained that Fox News was recycling an old interview with him for a new program hosted by Sarah Palin, representatives for the country musician Toby Keith, who was also listed as a guest for the show, made a similar charge against the cable channel.
Discussion: Wonkette and TBogg
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Emptywheel:
Breaking: Judge Walker Grants Summary Judgment Finding Gov't Liable Under FISA
Discussion: Mother Jones and Salon
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Court Says Bush Illegally Wiretapped Two Americans
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
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.
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Veronique de Rugy / The Corner on National …:
How Is the Stimulus Money Allocated?  — By: Veronique de Rugy  —  Unemployment isn't a factor, but politics is.  Your stimulus dollars at work.  —  Using recipient report data from Recovery.gov, as well as economic and political data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau …
CBS News:
Michelle Obama Blooms in the White House  —  Back in the White House Garden, The First Lady's Popularity is Already Growing by the Bushel  —  (CBS) The White House garden has done quite well in weathering the wild winter.  —  The garden has produced 50 pounds of produce before the tulips even came up.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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:
Andrew Sabl / The Reality-Based Community:
The Affordable Care act is not a “mandate.”  It's government paying for your private insurance when your employer doesn't.  —  My post on why the ACA will become popular was too long and confusing.  Shorter me:  —  The phrase “individual mandate,” though it explained to wonks …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jack Shenker / Guardian:
West's Middle East strategy criticised  —  Exclusive: Ex-nuclear chief says west must rethink Middle East policy as speculation grows he may run for office in Egypt  —  Western governments risk creating a new generation of Islamist extremists if they continue to support repressive regimes …
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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP leads in Alabama  —  It doesn't matter who the Republicans or the Democrats nominate at this point for Governor in Alabama- the GOP candidate will be favored to win this fall.  —  The Republican leads by anywhere from 5 to 16 points in the eight match ups we looked at.
 
 
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