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  • Obama’s energy-related speeches (including the one he delivered in Maryland today) assert that U.S. oil production increased in each year of his presidency. If that’s true, it’s due to a big uptick in shale oil production on private land. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (which is part of the Department of Energy) just released a report that states crude oil production from federal lands fell by 13% from 2010 to 2011. Natural gas and coal production are down, too. In fact, fossil fuel production on federal lands is at a nine year low. Obviously Obama is not doing everything he could to increase domestic oil production, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and lower gasoline prices.

  • Congressman Paul Ryan posted an excellent video on the House Budget Committee’s YouTube page explaining why the House Republicans will be offering a budget next week, even if the Senate won’t act in kind.

  • The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a spot check of the Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) and it’s a disaster. As Ed Morrissey writes, given what the GAO found, the Obama administration is no position to criticize “irresponsible lenders.”

  • Indiana Senator Dick Lugar can’t vote in his own state. It’s been so long since Lugar last lived in Indiana that the election board in what was his home precinct declared that he’s no longer a resident, and thus can’t vote. Of course the election board’s vote was split — two Democrats voted him out of the precinct and the one Republican on the board disagreed — but it’s still astounding that Lugar has placed himself in this position.

  • The effort to silence Rush Limbaugh by threatening to boycott his advertisers is an astroturf operation created by Media Matters.

  • Sarah Palin on Andrew Breitbart.