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5:25 AM ET, April 3, 2011

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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.
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt's health care defense  —  LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney directly addressed the Obama administration's backhanded plaudits of his Massachusetts health care law Saturday, defending the law's controversial individual mandate for the first time and promising that it wouldn't impede an aggressive attack …
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney comes for foreign policy, leaves defending Mass. health care
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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: Israel Matzav, Doug Ross and FrumForum
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Washington Post:
Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Richard Goldstone Confirms He Was A Useful Idiot
Aljazeera:
Libyan rebels ‘receive foreign training’  —  Rebel source tells Al Jazeera about training offered by US and Egyptian special forces in eastern Libya.  —  US and Egyptian special forces have reportedly been offering covert armed training to rebel fighters in the battle for Libya, Al Jazeera has been told.
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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.
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
An Obama Insider, Running the Race From Afar  —  CHICAGO — For two years, Jim Messina worked 41 steps from the Oval Office, a distance he counted when he first arrived at the White House.  His next assignment — in an office 700 miles from President Obama — will test whether proximity is the key to power.
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.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama talks spending with Reid, Boehner as shutdown deadline looms
Discussion: CNN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Can the House “deem” a bill into law?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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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 …
Ed Vulliamy / Guardian:
The US bank and Mexico's bloody drugs war  —  As the violence spread, billions of dollars of cartel cash began to seep into the global financial system.  But a special investigation by the Observer reveals how the increasingly frantic warnings of one London whistleblower were ignored
Discussion: naked capitalism and TalkLeft
Raymond Colitt / Reuters:
Al Qaeda members hide in Brazil, raise money: report  —  BRASILIA (Reuters) - Al Qaeda operatives are in Brazil planning attacks, raising money and recruiting followers, a leading news magazine reported Saturday, renewing concerns about the nation serving as a hide-out for Islamic militants.
CNN:
Huckabee wins 2012 county straw poll in South Carolina  —  Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee won a 2012 presidential straw poll conducted in a key South Carolina county Saturday.  —  The informal vote was the first of many upcoming straw polls taking place this month at grassroots GOP …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Joseph Stiglitz: The Fate of The Top 1% Is Bound Up With How The Other 99% Live  —  Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that America's top economists are running around with their hair on fire?  (Or whatever passes for it with economists.)  Nobel Prize winner Joe Stiglitz in Vanity Fair sounds …
Jason Millman / The Hill:
List of health reform waivers keeps growing  —  The number of waivers the Obama administration has awarded for a provision of the year-old healthcare reform law grew by 128 in March.  —  With the new waivers, that means 1,168 businesses, insurers, unions and other organizations have received …
CNN:
Workers struggle to plug leak at Japan nuclear plant  —  Tokyo (CNN) — A first attempt to plug a cracked concrete shaft that is leaking highly radioactive water into the ocean off Japan failed Saturday, so officials are now exploring alternatives, spokesmen for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mediaite
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Life Imitating Art?
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CA legislators threaten hearings if UCLA fires CARB whistleblower
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP 2012 hopefuls united against Planned Parenthood funding
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
Palm Beach Post:
Caregivers for disabled call Scott's emergency 15 percent cuts of their payments ‘draconian’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
$5B Subsidy for Early Retiree Health Coverage Going Quickly, Drawing GOP Criticism
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Stalemate in Libya increasingly viewed as a likely outcome
Andrea Stone / The Huffington Post:
Firefighters, Cops Warn Republicans Anti-Union Stance Has Consequences