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4:25 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  —  File this one in the “losing” category.  From James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly: … Until this point, the libertarian in me was truly pulling for Sheen to continue sticking it to the Hollywood Man and fulfilling his own personal definition of #WINNING.
Discussion: Inside TV
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Battle to Be Followed by a 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 …
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 …
David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
‘No cop in the state’ would arrest WI Senate dems  —  Wisconsin senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald was warned by legal representatives of three separate state agencies that ordering state troopers to forcibly return senate Democrats to Madison would place his actions in a zone …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Schumer: Declining support for Tea Party makes spending deal ‘much more likely’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Reid: 'We'll look into' Quran burning  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CBS's Bob Schieffer on Sunday that some members of Congress were considering some kind of action in response to the Florida Quran burning that sparked a murderous riot at a United Nations complex in Afghanistan and other mayhem.
Hiram Reisner /
Reid: Probe of Quran Burning Considered  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says congressional lawmakers are discussing taking some action …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Reid: U.S. should hold off arming Libya rebels  —  Dem. says U.S. should “wait and see” how Libyan opposition develops; GOP Sen. argues U.S. should send missiles, “taking the fight to Tripoli”  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday he didn't think it was currently necessary …
Discussion: Video Cafe blogs
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
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Two workers' bodies recovered at Fukushima nuclear plant  —  The two are believed to have been killed when the tsunami struck.  Meanwhile, Fukushima nuclear plant officials try to use concrete to stanch a leak of radioactive water, to no avail.  —  Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense …
William J. Broad / New York Times:
From Far Labs, a Vivid Picture of Japan Crisis
Discussion: National Review
Kyodo News:
Absorbent yet to soak up radioactive water at Fukushima plant
Discussion: Boing Boing
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”:
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
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
New York Times:
Trump for President in 2012?  Maybe.  Trump for Trump?  Without Question.  —  Something predictable happens to the ratings of Donald J. Trump's “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC when he hints at running for president: They rise.  —  And when he talks about President Obama's birth certificate, they really rise.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:   Al Sharpton: Donald Trump's Motives Are Racist
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
The Note:
Fmr. Nat. Sec. Adv. Jones: Yemen Trends ‘Not Good’
Discussion: CNN
Colin Firth / CBS News:
FDIC Chairman: Foreclosure clean-up fund needed
Discussion: The Hill and The Big Picture
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Washington Post:
Libyan rebels struggle to explain rift
Discussion: FrumForum
Raymond Colitt / Reuters:
Al Qaeda members hide in Brazil, raise money: report
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Joseph Stiglitz: The Fate of The Top 1% Is Bound Up With How The Other 99% Live
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
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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
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt's health care defense
Discussion: FrumForum and The Note