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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Oil and politics mix once more; Santorum gives GOP voters more satisfaction; Sunshine Week comes to Washington (read-this-roundup)


President Obama arrives with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) in Orlando in February. (Susan Walsh - AP)
“That’s just politics,” President Obama says of some Republican candidates who have been blistering him of late over rising gas prices. And polls show former governor Mitt Romney and former senator Rick Santorum gaining on him as his recent improvement in the polls fades.

Experts say Obama’s right when he says presidents can’t do a lot about the price of oil, our colleague Steven Mufson reports.

No matter. The public blamed Jimmy Carter for higher gas prices in 1980 in the aftermath of the Iranian revolution. And Carter, we recall, was the Democrats’ last one-term president. Well, that’s politics.

A Washington Post Poll this week found that, despite Romney’s lead in the delegate count, more Republican voters would be satisfied and even “very satisfied” if Santorum were the party’s candidate, our colleague Peyton M. Craighill reports.

The poll found 69 percent would be fine with Santorum and 29 percent “very satisfied. Some 66 percent were okay with Romney but only 26 percent were “very satisfied.”

“I can’t get no ... no, no, no. . .”

Loop Fans surely noticed it’s Sunshine Week in Washington. That means not just balmy weather but time for an annual review of how well the Obama administration is doing in releasing government information to the public.

Three years ago, Obama ordered the government to be more receptive to Freedom of Information Act requests for access to documents. So how’s it going?

Well, it’s a bit cloudy. An independent research group at Syracuse University found there’s “little evidence that these new standards are actually being followed,” our colleague Ed O’Keefe reports.

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