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2:10 PM ET, April 3, 2011


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James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Charlie Sheen's Detroit disaster: Boos, walk-outs for ‘Torpedo of Truth’  —  First the U.S. automaker recession, and now this.  Charlie Sheen unleashed his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour on the Motor City on Saturday night to a crowd that began with an adoring standing ovation and concluded with booing and walk-outs.
Alexander Marlow / Big Hollywood:
Charlie Sheen Calls Sarah Palin ‘Whore’ in Live Show
Discussion: Inside TV
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
President Obama intervenes in budget standoff  —  President Obama phones the House speaker and the Senate leader in an effort to broker a Republican-Democratic deal to avert a government shutdown.  —  Reporting from Washington —  As the budget stalemate lingered …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Battle to Be Followed by an Even Bigger Fight  —  WASHINGTON — Congress has yet to settle its first budget fight of the year but is already about to move on to an even more consequential fiscal clash.  —  Even as the two parties struggled over the weekend to reach a deal on federal spending …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Schumer: Declining support for Tea Party makes spending deal ‘much more likely’  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that a decline in the Tea Party movement's popularity makes a federal spending deal “much more likely” as the April 8 deadline to avert a government shutdown approaches.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner standing firm on budget
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Have a Rotten Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone  —  So Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist who fronted the U.N. report bearing his name that alleged massive Israeli war crimes in the Gaza war of 2008-2009, has taken to the pages of the Washington Post to say, in effect, “never mind”:
Peter Berkowitz / Hoover Institution:
The Goldstone Mess  —  Peter Berkowitz on The Goldstone Report …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Israel Matzav
Washington Post:
In St. Louis, a protest sign meets government arrogance  —  A dialectic of judicial deference and political arrogance is on display in St. Louis.  When excessively deferential courts permit governmental arrogance, additional arrogance results as government explores the limits of judicial deference.
Discussion: Cold Fury and FrumForum
Kyodo News:
Absorbent yet to soak up radioactive water at Fukushima plant  —  Workers tried Sunday to block the leakage of highly radioactive water into the sea from the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant by injecting polymeric water absorbent that can soak up 50 times its volume …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Los Angeles Times:
Two workers' bodies recovered at Fukushima nuclear plant
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Illinois Workers Find That a Death Penalty Ban Abolishes Their Jobs, Too  —  The day after the death penalty was abolished in Illinois in early March, Wendi Liss received a call from one of her clients, who was facing trial for murder and the prospect of being executed if found guilty.
Discussion: Althouse
Ed Vulliamy / Guardian:
Dirty billions and Mexico's 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
Wall Street Journal:
Free-Market Solutions for Overweight Americans  —  Sometimes we find it easy to identify a problem and impossible to think of a solution.  Obesity is a good example.  Almost everybody agrees that it is a growing burden on health systems and that it requires urgent attention from policy makers.
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 …
New York Times:
Cutting Out the Middleman  —  For six years, Doug Stafford was a lobbyist for the National Right to Work Committee, an anti-labor group financed by business and conservative interests.  His job changed last year but his duties did not when he became the chief of staff to Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Libyan rebels struggle to explain rift  —  Gallery: Conflict and chaos in Libya: As international airstrikes continue against forces loyal to Moammar Gaddafi, rebels face difficult battle.  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya's rebel military struggled Saturday to explain an apparent rift within …
Discussion: FrumForum and JustOneMinute
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
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Romney slams Obama foreign policy, avoids Libya
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP 2012 hopefuls united against Planned Parenthood funding
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
House GOP to target ‘tens of trillions’ on entitlements …
Discussion: Right Pundits
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Qaddafi Son Proposes Peace Plan, Diplomat Says
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
The Note:
Fmr. Nat. Sec. Adv. Jones: Yemen Trends ‘Not Good’
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Trump for President in 2012? Maybe. Trump for Trump? Without Question.
Colin Firth / CBS News:
FDIC Chairman: Foreclosure clean-up fund needed
Discussion: The Hill and The Big Picture
Raymond Colitt / Reuters:
Al Qaeda members hide in Brazil, raise money: report
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Life Imitating Art?
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
If there's no mission, when's it accomplished?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CA legislators threaten hearings if UCLA fires CARB whistleblower