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1:55 AM ET, April 4, 2011

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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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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
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: Mediaite, Hit & Run and theblogprof
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 …
Fox News:
Senators Consider Hamid Karzai's Request to Condemn Koran Burning Amid Protests
CNN:
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
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.
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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
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 …
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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
William J. Broad / New York Times:
From Far Labs, a Vivid Picture of Japan Crisis
Discussion: National Review
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: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
Discussion: American Power
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP hopefuls balk at RNC debate plan  —  Representatives of three potential Republican presidential candidates expressed concerns this weekend about the RNC's proposal to sanction a series of monthly primary debates.  —  The aides said the plan - under which the RNC would determine the format …
Washington Post:
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei arrested in latest government crackdown  —  BEIJING — Ai Weiwei, one of China's most prominent artists and an outspoken critic of the communist regime, was taken from Beijing's airport by security agents Sunday as he was about to board a flight to Hong Kong.
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
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
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New York Times:
Cutting Out the Middleman  —  For six years, Doug Stafford …
Discussion: Daily Kos
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
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Discussion: Althouse