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Bolstered by winter's record crude oil prices, Exxon Mobil yesterday reported a huge first-quarter profit and provoked new congressional vows for legislation that would tax windfall profits or demonstrate concern about high gasoline prices.
The oil giant earned $10.89 billion, up 17 percent from the previous year. The amount was short of the all-time record Exxon set the previous quarter but high enough to put the company on the defensive in the face of consumer ire and congressional indignation