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The President says his offshore oil-and-gas proposal is designed to "break out of the broken policies of the past," but he's set off a familiar debate over energy needs and environmental protection. Will it lead to another stalemate or a breakthrough on global warming — in an election year? Also, Afghan President Hamid Karzai weaves an international conspiracy theory, and today's the deadline for census forms.  We hear why places hardest hit by the Great Recession will lose the most if they're not fully counted.

Banner image of Bristol Bay, Alaska: Erin McKittrick, Ground Truth Trekking

Making News Karzai Weaves International Conspiracy Theory 6 MIN, 47 SEC

With 30,000 more American troops on their way to Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai today denounced what he called "massive interference from foreigners" in his country's elections. He said, "They want parliament to be weakened and battered, and for me to be an ineffective president." Alissa Rubin is Kabul Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)

Main Topic Obama Drills for Consensus on Energy 35 MIN, 43 SEC

Nobody really knows how much oil and gas lie under the vast areas of the oceans that President Obama wants to open for exploration. But environmentalists are "appalled" by the danger of spills on pristine coastlines, and drilling advocates say too many areas are still being left off limits. The big question is whether the strategy of giving a bit to both sides will provide enough votes for a comprehensive policy on energy needs and climate change. With little time left until the mid-term elections, we hear about the green economy, national security and the goal of "energy independence."

Stephen Power, Energy and Environmental Policy Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC)
Ben Lieberman, Senior Energy Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation
Robert Bryce, Manhattan Institute (@pwrhungry)

Gusher of Lies

Robert Bryce

Reporter's Notebook States' Response to National Census Day Vary 8 MIN, 23 SEC

census.jpgToday is National Census Day, the deadline for 134 million census forms to be returned in the mail. Local officials around the US are trying to persuade their constituents that failure to respond can be very expensive. The mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri have bet beer and barbecue on which city will be the most-improved when it comes to returning forms. The Brookings Institution says, for each person not counted, states stand to lose $1000 in Medicaid funding alone.  Ed O'Keefe is the ‘Federal Eye' blogger at the Washington Post.

President Obama fills out his census form: Pete Souza/White House Photo

Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

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