"Senior Democratic aides" are considering appealing to public anger over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to create a showdown with big oil companies and generate support for climate-and-energy legislation, according to this article. Moderate Democrats disagree, saying such a public strategy could make the debate more partisan and drive away potential Republican allies. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to hold a meeting after the Memorial Day recess for Democratic lawmakers to discuss their options.

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