President Obama traveled to Oklahoma to urge expedited approval of the southern part of the Keystone XL pipeline; Rep. Paul Ryan released the GOP's 2013 budget plan, which passed the Committee by one vote; a top aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared his campaign to an "Etch-A-Sketch"; and the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin. David Corn of Mother Jones and MSNBC, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
The price of gas keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers. In fact, demand has fallen since 2007. Consumers' craving for hybrids and aversion to paying more at the pump are only part of the story.
Unlike the portion that runs across the northern border, this portion doesn't require State Department approval. The move is likely meant to blunt criticism that the president isn't doing enough to curb the price of oil.
The new budget proposed by Republicans in the House has roiled local lawmakers, who are objecting to deeper cuts than originally discussed, some requiring federal workers to pay substantially more for their pensions.
Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the EPA. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.
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