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4:30 PM ET, April 2, 2011


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New York Times:
Protests Over Koran Burning Reach Kandahar  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Violent protests over the burning of a Koran in Florida flared Saturday for a second straight day, with young men rampaging through the streets of this southern capital city, 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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Koran-burning pastor says murders of UN staff aren't his fault  —  Terry Jones burned a Koran, and an Afghan mob killed at least seven UN personnel.  Connected?  Surely, but that hardly makes Jones responsible for murder, he told ABC News in a Nightline interview last night:
Ismail Sameem / Reuters:
Ten dead in Afghan Koran burning protests
New York Times:
Pastor Who Burned Koran Demands Retribution
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.
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Barack Obama: Losing $84 billion big success  —  Barack Obama has some ‘splaining to do about taxpayers’ profitable “investment” in General Motors.  It turns out the president is imagining things.  —  Though Democrats tout the auto bailout as a success, recent reports illustrate the taxpayer cost …
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
Mark Arsenault / Boston Globe:
Making a case vs. Obama's health care law  —  Legal scholar's opposition gets attention  —  ‘Giving the Congress the power to do these mandates is essentially giving the Congress the power to take over your life,’ said Randy Barnett, a legal scholar.  —  ARLINGTON, Va. …
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP passes ‘force of law’ spending bill mocked by Dems  —  The House narrowly passed legislation on Friday that calls for a House-passed FY 2011 spending bill to become law should the Senate fail to approve a spending bill by April 6.  It would also prevent members of Congress from being paid during a government shutdown.
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.
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
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
RNC may sanction presidential debates that double as fundraisers  —  The Republican National Committee is considering sanctioning a series of monthly presidential candidate debates beginning in August that would be paired with committee fundraisers, a party official confirmed to The Ballot Box.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
RNC proposes its own debates — to raise money
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
$5B Subsidy for Early Retiree Health Coverage Going Quickly, Drawing GOP Criticism  —  House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla. presides over the subcommittee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.  (AP)
New York Times:
NATO Airstrike Reportedly Kills Rebels in Libya  —  BREGA, Libya — A NATO airstrike intended for the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi apparently killed at least eight rebel fighters in the battle outside this pivotal oil port, an ambulance driver and news reports said Saturday.
Palm Beach Post:
Caregivers for disabled call Scott's emergency 15 percent cuts of their payments ‘draconian’  —  TALLAHASSEE — A day after Gov. Rick Scott ordered deep cuts to community organizations caring for developmentally disabled Floridians, the state Senate moved Friday to impose tight controls on future spending.
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Religious Radicals' Turn to Democracy Alarms Egypt
Washington Post:
Stalemate in Libya increasingly viewed as a likely outcome
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland Security Department
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Bachmann hauls in more than $2 million
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Cows fed linseed to stop them belching
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