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Political Checklist: Obama’s Options in Libya, Late Start to 2012 Cycle

On this week’s edition of the Political Checklist, David Chalian, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff look at how the White House is handling the situation in Libya and the option of opening American oil reserves to keep gas prices down. Judy says the administration is still trying to determine who is part of the opposition in Libya and how they should respond to it. Gwen points out that the president has a difficult choice to make regarding intervention: the U.S. does not want to appear heavy-handed, but may also want to influence the outcome of the revolution.

The team also discusses the late start to the 2012 presidential election, with David predicting that in March several more candidates will jump into the race on the GOP side in order to start fundraising. See Monday’s Morning Line for details on one of the first events in Iowa for potential GOP 2012 contenders.

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