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8:40 PM ET, April 2, 2011


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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  —  In a stunning and unexpected turn of events, Judge Richard Goldstone has essentially reversed himself on the findings of the Goldstone Report.  He does, of course, qualify his remarks to make it appear that he has not reversed himself.
Discussion: Doug Ross and FrumForum
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:
Philip Sherwell / Telegraph:
Pastor Terry Jones: ‘I may put Mohammed on trial’  —  Terry Jones, the radical pastor who oversaw the burning of a Koran in his Florida church last month after a mock court hearing, may put the Islamic prophet Mohammed on trial in his next ‘day of judgement’, he told The Sunday Telegraph.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Romney slams Obama foreign policy, avoids Libya  —  Speaking in Las Vegas, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Saturday criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East.  —  Romney said the president hasn't been tough enough on Iran and its nuclear program.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Eunomia
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney comes for foreign policy, leaves defending Mass. health care
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt's health care defense
Discussion: The Note
Libya: Coalition air strike near Brega kills rebels  —  The BBC's Nick Springate describes the aftermath after visiting the scene of the air strike  —  At least 13 people are reported to have been killed when a coalition plane flying over Libya fired on a rebel convoy between Brega and Ajdabiya on Friday, the rebels say.
Libyan rebels ‘receive foreign training’
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.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama talks spending with Reid, Boehner as shutdown deadline looms
Discussion: CNN
Mike Allen / The Politico:
House GOP to target ‘tens of trillions’ on entitlements — Bush war aide: Libya could become Obama's Iraq — Lessons learned: 'clear goals ... Don't sell public on a best-case scenario'  —  BULLETIN: President Obama plans to announce his reelection campaign early next week in an electronic message …
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: Firedoglake, 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. …
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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama '12 launch likely next week  —  In a long-anticipated move, President Barack Obama is expected to file his reelection papers with the Federal Election Commission as soon as next week — possibly as early as Monday — and follow up with an announcement to supporters sometime soon after, Democrats say.
Discussion: CNN, The Gateway Pundit and FrumForum
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
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.
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 …
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