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12:40 PM ET, April 2, 2011


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New York Times:
Deadly Protests Over Koran Burning Reach Kandahar  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Violent protests over the burning of a Koran in Florida flared for a second straight day, with young men rampaging through the streets of this southern capital, flying Taliban flags and wielding sticks.
Is the Florida pastor who burnt the Qur'an morally responsible for the deaths of UN staff in protests in Afghanistan?  |  Poll  —  Ten UN staff have been killed in a violent protest in Afghanistan against the burning of a copy of the Qur'an by a Christian fundamentalist pastor in Florida last week.
Terry Jones Says Afghan U.N. Violence ‘Proves My Point’  —  Florida Pastor Says He's Not Responsible for Protest Against his Koran Burning That Left 11 Dead, Including U.N. Staffers, in Afghanistan  —  Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who oversaw the burning of a Koran last month …
Una Moore / UN Dispatch:
This Attack is Different  —  Mark asked me to respond …
Ismail Sameem / Reuters:
Ten dead in Afghan Koran burning protests
Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
UN staff killed by Afghan mob enraged over Florida Quran burning
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Truthdig
Washington Post:
Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes  —  We know a lot more today about what happened in the Gaza war of 2008-09 than we did when I chaired the fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council that produced what has come to be known as the Goldstone Report.
Andrea Stone / The Huffington Post:
Firefighters, Cops Warn Republicans Anti-Union Stance Has Consequences … WASHINGTON — Leaders from two unions known to support the Republican Party warned of serious repercussions for GOP candidates in the 2012 elections, saying the onslaught of anti-labor bills in state capitals has shifted their political allegiances.
John Nolte / Big Government:
Devastating New Ad Might Be Game Changer in Wisconsin's Crucial April 5th Election  —  As is the case with any important election, events are happening fast as we approach the final weekend prior to the crucial Tuesday April 5 vote that will ultimately decide the future of Wisconsin for a generation to come.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Wisconsin Unions Attack Prosser for Calling a Judge a “Total Bitch”
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Dem Party of Wisconsin: Expect at Least Six Recall Elections
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daily Mail:
Obama: All federal vehicles MUST be environmentally friendly by 2015 - except my limo  —  Barack Obama's presidential limousine will be exempt from his drive to make all government vehicles environmentally friendly, the Secret Service has revealed.  —  The president last week insisted …
David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Presidential limousine, security vehicles exempt from fed ‘green’ vehicle policy
Discussion: Don Surber
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
King Barack I  —  Many of us supported this president because he promised to bring back the constitutional balance after the theories of Yoo, Delahunty, et al put the president on a par with emperors and kings in wartime.  And yet in this Libya move, what difference is there between Bush and Obama?
Charles Levinson / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Mujahedeen Help Lead Libyan Rebels  —  DARNA, Libya—Two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of this city's military campaign, training new recruits for the front and to protect the city from infiltrators loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: Americans Wrongly Estimate $178 Billion In Fed.  Budget Goes To Public Broadcasting  —  In a CNN poll of American adults released Friday, the median guess on what percentage of the federal budget goes to public broadcasting was 5%.  With a $3.55 trillion budget last year …
Barbour's wife ‘horrified’ at presidential prospects  —  (CNN)- The wife of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says she is “horrified” that her husband is seriously considering a bid for the presidency.  —  In an interview with CNN affiliate WLOX in Biloxi, Marsha Barbour admitted the …
New York Times:
Reactor Pit Found Leaking Radioactive Water Into Sea  —  TOKYO — Highly radioactive water is leaking directly into the sea from a damaged pit near a crippled reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, safety officials said Saturday, the latest setback in the increasingly messy bid to regain control of the reactors.
Discussion: The Hill, FrumForum and Boing Boing
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Cows fed linseed to stop them belching  —  Dairy farmers in Britain are doing their bit for the environment by feeding cows a special “health food” diet to make them burp and break wind less.  —  Feeding cattle linseed can reduce the amount of methane by up to 40 per cent …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama, Libya, and Me  —  One of the reasons to vote for someone for president — perhaps the key reason, in fact — is good judgment.  Hillary Clinton may have taken a lot of flack for her “3 am phone call” ad during the Democratic primaries in 2008, but she was basically right: ideologically …
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland Security Department  —  Washington ( - A political review of open records requests smacks of “Nixonian” tactics by the Department of Homeland Security, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Sherman / Reuters:
Darrell Issa, Department of Justice clash on gun probe
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