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Pundits Skeptical Obama's Bin Laden Bounce Will Last Until 2012

Heads up, President Obama: a dead Osama bin Laden won't fill up voters' gas tanks, the Washington press warns. Though Obama got a significant boost in his approval ratings from the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist, the 2012 campaign is going to focus on the economy and jobs.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Markey: Speculators and Manipulators to Blame for High Energy Prices

After the House passed the first of three bills to speed up and expand offshore drilling on Thursday, Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey says that the only way to combat high energy prices is to crack down on speculators, deploy the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and put a clean-energy policy in place.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40am

Martin Flips From Senate To House Race

Missouri Republican Ed Martin (R) is exiting the Missouri Senate race to run for Congress in Missouri's not-yet-vacant 2nd District, he announced Monday morning.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

States Loosening Insurance Regulations to Attract Business

States are loosening their insurance regulations to draw business from companies that typically look outside the U.S. to make complex transactions.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

What Will Be the Impact of bin Laden's Death?

The raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is a great symbolic victory for the United States and its allies. His death also raises a myriad of new questions. For this week's question, National Journal asks the experts to weigh in on any, or all, of the following topics:

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Is There a Case for Alternative Transportation?

Summer is approaching, vacations hover just beyond high school graduations, and the cost of fueling up your beach ride is out of control. The price of gas, climbing steadily toward $4 a gallon, is one of the most tangible indicators to voters that the world is on the right or wrong track. High gas prices give fodder to politicians to push any number of public policy fixes, be it oil drilling, tinier cars, or more bike paths.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Do We Need Four Years of High School?

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, to the disappointment of eager politicos waiting for more hints of his presidential ambitions, last week gave a fabulously wonky speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Indiana's newly minted education laws. On Daniels's list of education achievements is a new teacher evaluation measure and a voucher system for parents that want to send their kids to private schools.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Video: Palin (Impression) Returns To SNL, 'Good Riddance To Katie Couric'

Tina Fey dusts off her Sarah Palin impression for SNL's "GOP 2012 Undeclared Candidates Debate." Fey as Palin: "It's just so great to be back on Fox News a network that both pays me and shows me the questions ahead of time."

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: South Bend Shuffle

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) made his Senate bid official in a video that attacks Republicans for wanting to privatize Medicare and Social Security. Meanwhile, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) delivered his first address since stepping down as ambassador to China, while Tim Kaine and George Allen are running neck-and-neck in Virginia. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 9:40am

What Sways Global Oil Prices?

And what can Washington's policymakers and President Obama do about them?

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 7:40am