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5:40 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.
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
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.
Ron Radosh / Pajamas Media:
Judge Richard Goldstone's Stunning Re-evaluation of His Own 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
Source of Japan nuclear plant's radioactive leak found  —  Tokyo (CNN) — Highly radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a crack in a concrete pit outside a crippled reactor at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility, an official with the plant's owner said Saturday
Discussion: Mediaite and Gothamist
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. …
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.
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.
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.
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
On Eve of Redefining Malcolm X, Biographer Dies  —  For two decades, the Columbia University professor Manning Marable focused on the task he considered his life's work: redefining the legacy of Malcolm X. Last fall he completed “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” a 594-page biography described …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Religious Radicals' Turn to Democracy Alarms Egypt  —  NAHIA, Egypt — Abboud al-Zomor — the former intelligence officer who supplied the bullets that killed President Anwar el-Sadat and is Egypt's most notorious newly released prisoner — waxes enthusiastic about ending the violent jihad he once led.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
RNC proposes its own debates — to raise money  —  The Republican National Committee is proposing to sponsor a series of monthly presidential primary debates beginning in August and running through February in which the RNC would determine the format and require each participating candidate …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
RNC may sanction presidential debates that double as fundraisers
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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Palm Beach Post:
Caregivers for disabled call Scott's emergency 15 percent cuts of their payments ‘draconian’
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
$5B Subsidy for Early Retiree Health Coverage Going Quickly, Drawing GOP Criticism
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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David Weigel / Weigel:
Wisconsin Unions Attack Prosser for Calling a Judge a “Total Bitch”
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