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Evangelical Graham: Japan Disaster Could Mean Jesus Is Coming Back (VIDEO)

“Rev. Franklin Graham thinks the tsunami that hit Japan might mean that Jesus is returning to earth soon.

Graham said that Jesus told his followers that earthquakes were one of the signs of the second coming.”

Markey: GOP Picks Risky Nukes Instead Of Clean Renewables

“The nuclear disaster in Japan continues to deepen the sense of devastation from one of the worst tsunamis in history. Despite a long history of concern over the safety of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, nuclear power boosters like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) now claim the ongoing meltdown is something “no one has ever really anticipated outside of science fiction movies.”

Fueled by intense lobbying from the nuclear industry, Republicans in the House of Representatives are ignoring the meltdown, pushing full steam ahead with billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for new nuclear plants, even as they zero out programs for renewable energy.”

Walker Ally On Wisconsin Supreme Court Calls State’s First Female Justice A ‘Bitch’

“Newly released emails reveal that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, a close Republican ally of anti-worker Gov. Scott Walker (R), erupted in rage at his colleague Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson during a contentious discussion early last year.”

VIDEO: As U.S. Launches Military Action In Libya, Fox Pundits Rip Obama For Going ‘On Vacation’

“Over the last 48 hours, as President Obama contemplated and then authorized U.S.-led military strikes in Libya “in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians,” Fox News talking heads have attempted to foment domestic political opposition to the president by questioning his priorities and leadership. Seizing on Obama’s current five-day trip to Brazil and other Latin American countries, Fox pundits have repeatedly said he is distracted in Rio de Janeiro and not adequately focused on the military action in Libya.

“He’s going on vacation; he’s going to Rio!” an incredulous Steve Doocy commented. “He’s on vacation in Rio,” Fox contributor Ralph Peters said, echoing the network’s attack. Referencing Rio, Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt opined, “President Obama has absolutely abdicated his role as leader of the free world.””

Read More: Obama Balances Brazil Mission, Libyan Conflict

U.S., British Air Strikes Aim For Tripoli

“Overnight, the U.S., France and Britain pounded Libyan military targets from the skies. A defiant Col. Moammar Gadhafi shot back, with anti-aircraft fire and tough words. Host Liane Hansen gets the latest on the conflict in Libya from NPR’s David Greene in Tripoli.”

Poll: Public already losing patience with new Congress

“A new Pew Research Center poll shows that about half of Americans think the debate over spending and deficits has been "generally rude and disrespectful." There's even bipartisan agreement — 48 percent of Republicans and Democrats have that view, as well as 57 percent of independents.”

In rural Alaska, public radio is often the only radio

“Alaska’s 26 public radio stations have long been woven into the fabric of life, and the state's 700,000 residents could be hard hit if Congress limits how local public radio stations spend federal money — or if it does away altogether with government funding of public broadcasting.”

Egyptian Voters Approve Constitutional Changes

“The results, which will usher in rapid elections, underscore the weakness of nascent liberal groups.”

Good News: Old-Time Methods Yield Spring Greens All Winter

“It’s officially spring, and people are hitting the farmers markets, looking for fresh, local greens. That can be a challenge in many parts of the country. But some farmers have mastered the unusual art of growing greens straight through the winter.”

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