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8:30 AM ET, April 4, 2011


 Top Items: 
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.
Larry O'Connor /
Lindsey Graham: 'Freedom of Speech is a Great Idea But We're in a War'  —  No follow-up question from “Journalist” Bob Schieffer???  Was he even LISTENING to Graham's answer?  Wouldn't you like to know exactly what action Graham wants Congress to take with regard to curbing free expression?
Discussion: Hit & Run, Mediaite and theblogprof
U.S. officials condemn buring of Quran
Discussion: The Politico, FrumForum and Don Surber
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
Lindsey Graham On Koran Burning: “Freedom Of Speech Is A Great Idea But We're In A War.”
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Reid: U.S. should hold off arming Libya rebels
Discussion: Video Cafe blogs
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:   BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Ryan's budget plan to slash deficits by over $4 trillion
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.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Tea Party Star Stirs Iowans, and She Isn't Palin  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Sarah Palin, the reigning heroine of many social conservatives, has given few signals that she will make a presidential bid.  Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 on the strength of his appeal …
Noel Sheppard / 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 …
Palm Beach Post:
Foreclosure crisis: Fed-up judges crack down disorder in the courts  —  Angry and exasperated by faulty foreclosure documents, judges throughout Florida are hitting back by increasingly dismissing cases and boldly accusing lawyers of “fraud upon the court.”  —  A Palm Beach Post review …
Discussion: naked capitalism and Firedoglake
John / Power Line:
Is It Time to Get Out of Afghanistan?  —  I think it is.  In the aftermath of September 11, we had no choice but to overthrow the Taliban, destroy al Qaeda's training centers and kill and scatter as many al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists as possible.  We did that, brilliantly.
The Politico:
Jon Huntsman, the rock ‘n’ roll years  —  Jonny Huntsman didn't quite make it through his senior year of high school, and the cause was pretty plain to his classmates.  One recalled the long-haired, diffident Salt Lake City high schooler sitting next to him in history class “hitting his desk as if it were a piano.”
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taylor Marsh
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Shifts to Seek Removal of Yemen's Leader, an Ally  —  SANA, Yemen — The United States, which long supported Yemen's president, even in the face of recent widespread protests, has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
2012ers balk at RNC debate plan  —  Representatives of three potential GOP presidential candidates expressed concerns this weekend about the Republican National Committee's proposal to sanction a series of monthly primary debates.  —  The aides said the plan - under which the RNC would determine …
Discussion: FrumForum
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Biden to Discuss New Guidelines About Campus Sex Crimes  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is urging the nation's schools and colleges to do more to prevent sexual violence, saying campus sex crimes often go unreported because victims fear that universities will not discipline offenders.
New York Times:
Efforts to Plug Japanese Reactor Leak Are Failing  —  TOKYO — Workers' desperate struggle to plug a gush of highly contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, using sawdust, shredded newspaper and an absorbent powder, appeared to be failing late Sunday as the radiation threat …
Kyodo News:
Absorbent yet to soak up radioactive water at Fukushima plant
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
10 things to watch during the shutdown battle
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Nick Hopkins / Guardian:
RAF stretched to limit, air chief warns
Ben Quinn / Guardian:
Air France 447 search yields hope
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Proposes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich, Big Tax Hikes for Middle Class
Paul Krugman:
Diminished Individualism Watch
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Romney campaign shuns the limelight
New York Times:
BP Seeks to Resume Drilling in Gulf of Mexico
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee wins South Carolina county straw poll
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Walker: Unnamed co-candidate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Free-Market Solutions for Overweight Americans
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
2 Qaddafi Sons Are Said to Offer Plan to Push Father Out
Discussion: Firedoglake