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Americans are suffering from increased pain at the gas pump, and Republicans are blaming President Obama. What are the real causes of increased gasoline prices? Can the President persuade voters it's not his fault and that he's doing all that he can? Also, Mitt Romney's big win in Illinois, and new results show that aspirin can fight cancer, but it's not cost free.

Banner image: Eric Lian fuels up his car at a gas station on March 16, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott

Main Topic The Price of Gasoline and the Race for the White House 37 MIN, 6 SEC

A US president can't really do much to influence gasoline prices, but this year's Republican candidates insist that he can, and two-thirds of the voters believe them. So President Obama will devote three days this week to an energy tour of the country, emphasizing what he claims is solid energy policy. What are the major factors leading to recent increases in the price of gas at the pump? Are the oil companies exploiting opportunities for domestic drilling? Did the President blow it by delaying development of the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Guests:
Cliff Young, Missouri Pool Service
Jack Gerard, American Petroleum Institute
Chris Nelder, SmartPlanet.com (@nelderini)
Neil King, Wall Street Journal (@NKingofDC)
Cliff Kupchan, Eurasia Group

Profit from the Peak

Chris Nelder and Brian Hicks

Reporter's Notebook Is Aspirin a Wonder Drug? 6 MIN, 15 SEC

Aspirin is a drug that's both cheap and available and it's used by millions of people, mainly to ease headache pain and counter the effects of heart disease. Now researchers have found that a daily dose may reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading. Three separate studies, reported in medical journals, report that aspirin may be a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer. Andrew Chan, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the co-author of a comment relating to the studies that appeared in journal Lancet.

Guests:
Andrew Chan, Massachusetts General Hospital

Making News Romney a Has Big Win in Illinois 7 MIN, 15 SEC

Mitt Romney won big in yesterday's Illinois primary. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has now called for the party to rally around him, echoing Romney in last night's victory speech. In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania later on, Rick Santorum said, "We don't need a manager. We need somebody who's going to pull up government by the roots and liberate the private sector." Karen Tumulty is national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)

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