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Obama Push on Oil Markets Seen as More Political Than Practical

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Under continued attack from Republicans for high oil and gasoline prices, President Obama unveiled on Tuesday a slate of measures to crack down on financial speculation in energy-futures trading, which Democrats say helps drive up prices. But while a Rose Garden announcement gave the president a platform to be seen calling for action on fuel prices, it’s not clear whether financial speculation is even a major contributor to oil and gasoline prices—or whether the administration’s proposals could have any real impact on the price at the pump.

Obama Plays the Long Game on Gas Prices

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For the White House, the current gas prices wars are not about today's poll numbers. That's a losing proposition and top officials know it. When you're the "in" party when gas prices rise, you suffer. President Bush did in 2008 and so, by extension, did John McCain. When you're the "out" party, you pounce. That's what Sen. Barack Obama did before the Indiana primary against Hillary Clinton in 2008.
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Senate Rejects GOP Attempt to Advance Keystone XL

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With gas prices becoming a high-octane campaign issue, the Democratic-led Senate beat back a Republican effort to advance the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project. Thursday’s vote to attach the project to a must-pass transportation bill failed 56 to 42, with 11 Democrats joining Republicans to support the measure. Sixty votes were needed for passage.
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Government Opens Gulf Of Mexico For Oil Business

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The Obama administration auctioned off oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico Wednesday for the first time since the BP oil spill wreaked havoc on the Gulf coast of Louisiana in 2010. The sale, held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in a conference room in the Louisiana Superdome, attracted 241 bids from 20 companies for 161 tracts off the Texas coast.
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PBS NewsHour: Hope Dims for Missing West Virginia Miners After Large Blast

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April 6, 2010

The search for four missing miners was halted because of dangerous conditions underground Tuesday, following a massive explosion that claimed 25 lives in West Virginia. Gwen Ifill reports on the rescue effort in the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 26 years.

April 2, 2010

Weekly Show

The panel discusses the president's energy announcement, his first trip to Afghanistan, the recently announced job numbers and the Hutaree militia.

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