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Boehner To Obama: Please Provide Clear Answers on Libya

“Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is demanding detailed answers from President Obama on the scope and objective of U.S. military action in Libya and his plans for removing Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power if he does not voluntarily step down in the next few days.”

Read More: Newt Attacks Obama For Bombing Libya Weeks After Demanding Obama Bomb Libya

IBM In All-Out War With Mitch Daniels Over Indiana Legal Dispute

“The toughest rhetoric against potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels so far isn’t coming from his rivals. Computer giant IBM is launching a scathing attack on the Indiana governor over a pair of high-stakes lawsuits concerning a contract with the state that he cut short in 2009.”

Maine Governor Orders Mural Depicting Labor History Removed From Labor Department

“It’s Diego Rivera Redux in Maine, as Governor Paul LePage is taking down a mural in the state Department of Labor building depicting the history of the labor movement and changing the names of conference rooms that he deems too pro-labor.

The 11-panel installation depicted such figures as Rosie the Riveter and FDR-era Labor Secretary Frances Perkins as well as events like a 1937 shoe mill strike and 1986 paper mill workers’ strike”

The New Spin: The White House Would Be A Step Down For Sarah Palin

“Pop quiz: you’re a right-wing commentator looking at a string of polls showing Sarah Palin’s poll numbers sinking to new lows even as the weak field of GOP presidential contenders continues to thin out. But a large chunk of your audience would sooner eat glass than hear Palin’s chances maligned by one of their own. What do you do?

Here’s one answer: claim that Palin is even more powerful outside the White House and that the presidency would be a step down for her.”

Buried Provision In House GOP Bill Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Entire Families If One Member Strikes

“Much of the bill is based upon verifying that those who receive food stamps benefits are meeting the federal requirements for doing so. However, one section buried deep within the bill adds a startling new requirement. The bill, if passed, would actually cut off all food stamp benefits to any family where one adult member is engaging in a strike against an employer.”

Read More: Untangling Low-Income Budget Cut Claims

Rep. Weiner On The GOP War On Dodd-Frank: If They ‘Have Their Way, We’re Going To Have More Bailouts’

“As Wall Street speculative trading on oil helps push up the price of gasoline, threatening to derail the economic recovery, the government agency charged with regulating oil speculation has so far failed to properly do so. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law gave the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) new powers to regulate oil speculation, but the Republican members of the commission, along and one Democrat, have blocked the CFTC from writing the rules necessary to exercise this power. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are hoping to slash the agency’s budget by a third.”

Kasich So Eager To Cut Spending He’d Leave Prison Guard Towers Empty

“In his lust to cut state spending, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) proposed a plan that could leave guard towers unmanned at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison located near two schools and a residential neighborhood in Lucasville. The plan would close six of the prison’s eight towers, resulting in savings of a measly $2.1 million. The proposal was met with resistance from local union officials and state Rep. Terry Johnson (R), who recalled the 1993 riot that left one guard and 10 inmates dead inside the facility.”

Conservatives On Wisconsin Supreme Court Let Corporate Lobbyists Write Judicial Ethics Rules

“Wisconsin elects its Supreme Court justices, but the court’s four conservative justices –including Gov. Scott Walker’s embattled ally Justice David Prosser — all voted to reject an ethics rule that would have prevented them from hearing cases involving their major campaign donors. Instead, the conservative justices enacted a rule written by powerful corporate lobbyists:
Those justices, including Justice David Prosser, who is running for re-election April 5, voted 4-3 against proposed rules that would have required them and other state judges to recuse themselves from cases in which one of the litigants had contributed more than $1,000 to their election campaign.”

Arizona Passes Anti-Abortion Bill To Send Doctors, Clinicians To Jail For Abortions Based On Race Or Gender

“In the race to secure the most destructive state anti-abortion law, Arizona may leap ahead of South Dakota by seeking to tackle a problem that doesn’t exist. In a 41-18 vote last month, the House passed a bill to prohibit abortions sought because of the race or sex of the fetus or the race of the parent. Seeking to prevent “race- or sex-based discrimination against the unborn,” the bill would allow lawsuits and civil fines against “abortion providers who knowingly provide such abortions.”

On Monday, the Arizona Senate passed bill on a 21-5 vote. But unsatisfied with civil fines, the Senate upped the ante by “adding provisions which could send doctors and others involved in these acts to prison.”

FLASHBACK: One Year Ago, GOP Predicted ‘Armageddon’ If Health Reform Became Law

“Today is the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act or health care reform into law, which, once fully implemented will cover 32 million Americans and begin to lower the rate of growth in health care spending. In the year since reform passed, however, Republicans in the House repealed the law (only to see the measure fall in the Senate) and are now attempting to defund reform. During the nearly 10-month legislative battle that preceded passage, the GOP characterized the bill as a “socialist” “government takeover” and warned Americans that the bill would destroy lives and American society, hurling apocalyptic warnings that seem downright satirical a year later.”

Read More: Debating Year One Of The Health Care Overhaul
Read More: Obama Official: Affordable Care Act Closes Racial Disparities

Obama Agency Review Looks To Snip The Red Tape

“By all accounts, the government doesn’t operate very efficiently when it comes to promoting exports, which the Obama administration says is key to creating more jobs. The president has ordered a study of how to make government more efficient in order to improve the economy, but reorganizing the American bureaucracy is fraught with pitfalls.”

Census: State tax revenues fell again in 2010

“Battered by the Great Recession, state tax collections fell for the second straight year in 2010, helping to trigger the wave of state-government budget cuts that now threaten the economic recovery.”

New Problems at Japanese Plant Subdue Optimism

“The restoration of electricity at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station stirred hopes that the crisis was ebbing, but engineers said dangerous tasks still lay ahead.”

Read More: Japan Moves to Calm Fears About Its Tap Water

News Analysis: Germany Steps Away From European Unity

“Chancellor Angela Merkel has raised questions about Germany’s ability to play a global role in foreign policy.”


Good News: ‘Laughter And Reflections’ With Carol Burnett

“The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years and won more than 20 Emmy Awards — but star Carol Burnett says her fondest memories from those shows occurred before the cameras started rolling. Before each taping, the comedy queen would stand on stage for a Q&A session with the audience. Burnett describes some of her favorite pre-show chats and tells tales of her long show-biz career in her book This Time Together, which has just been released in paperback.”

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