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7:15 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.
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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
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.
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Hiram Reisner / NewsMax.com:
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
Discussion: Video Cafe blogs
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 …
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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
President Obama intervenes in budget standoff
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Schumer: Declining support for Tea Party makes spending deal ‘much more likely’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cathy Hayes / IrishCentral:
Samantha Power to be the next Secretary of State?  —  Irish-born adviser now key to Obama foreign policy  —  A flattering New York Times profile has increased speculation that Samantha Power, the Dublin-born aide to President Obama, could be his next Secretary of State or National Security Adviser.
Discussion: Don Surber and Atlas Shrugs
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
JSOnline:
Walker: Unnamed co-candidate  —  I get it.  —  Scott Walker's name is not on any Wisconsin ballot this Tuesday.  He was on a particular November ballot that a lot of people are trying their best to forget, especially if they are public employees who voted for him.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Associated Press:
Quran protests spread to turbulent Afghan east  —  JALALABAD, Afghanistan - Demonstrators battled police in southern Afghanistan's main city on Sunday and took to the streets in the turbulent east for the first time as Western pleas failed to halt a third day of rage over a Florida pastor's burning of the Quran.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Washington Monthly
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William J. Broad / New York Times:
From Far Labs, a Vivid Picture of Japan Crisis  —  For the clearest picture of what is happening at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, talk to scientists thousands of miles away.  —  Thanks to the unfamiliar but sophisticated art of atomic forensics, experts around the world …
Discussion: National Review
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Kyodo News:
Absorbent yet to soak up radioactive water at Fukushima plant
Discussion: Boing Boing
Los Angeles Times:
Two workers' bodies recovered at Fukushima nuclear plant
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Clarion Advisory:
Food Stamp Graph... gulp  —  By Brice Buckley (Editor-at-Large, Clarion Advisory) 4-02-11  —  According to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 44,187,831 people were on food stamps at the beginning of February.  —  SNAP rolls up to the USDA and they sure do make neat graphs don't they?
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.
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Al Sharpton: Donald Trump's Motives Are Racist
Stacy Finz / San Francisco Chronicle:
Many restaurants expecting to raise prices  —  The cost of beef has gone through the roof, coffee prices are at a 13-year high, and even produce grown right here in California is more expensive than usual.  —  Grocery prices rose by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation in 2010 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Politico's Roger Simon: 'Obama's The Greatest Orator Of Modern Times'  —  Politico's Roger Simon said Sunday Barack Obama is the greatest orator of modern times.  —  Chatting with Howard Kurtz on CNN's “Reliable Sources,” Simon also said journalists are just now looking beyond …
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee wins South Carolina county straw poll
Discussion: The Daily Dish
David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
‘No cop in the state’ would arrest WI Senate dems
New York Times:
Cutting Out the Middleman  —  For six years, Doug Stafford …
Discussion: Daily Kos
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Qaddafi Son Proposes Peace Plan, Diplomat Says
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Gawker
Washington Post:
In St. Louis, a protest sign meets government arrogance
Discussion: Cold Fury and FrumForum
The Note:
Fmr. Nat. Sec. Adv. Jones: Yemen Trends ‘Not Good’
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 Earlier Items: 
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