President Obama has advocated alternatives to fossil fuels, but when it comes to US sources of energy, he's also been careful to consider "all of the above." Now he's approved exploratory oil drilling in parts of the Arctic Ocean — to the outrage of environmentalists concerned about polluting pristine waters and about climate change.
Also, the coming Senate showdown over phone records collection. On today's Talking Point, state lotteries, a $70 billion tax paid mostly by the poorest Americans.
Photo: Shell's Polar Pioneer being towed into place in the Salish Sea (Backbone Campaign)