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Nuclear Crisis

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SRS concrete pump heading to Japan nuclear site
By Rob Pavey
The world’s largest concrete pump, deployed at the construction site of the U.S. government’s $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site, is being moved to Japan in a series of emergency measures to help stabilize the Fukushima reactors.

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Wisconsin

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Campaign to recall Wirch says it has enough signatures
By Tom Tolan of the Journal Sentinel
The head of the campaign to recall Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) says the group has gathered enough signatures to force a recall election.

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WI Teacher Charged With Sending Death Threats to GOP Lawmakers
Posted by Jim Hoft
A Wisconsin early childhood teacher was charged with sending death threats to state Republican lawmakers.

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Wisconsin Union Boycott Threats Border on Illegal
by Bret Jacobson
You may have seen news that Wisconsin’s AFSCME public-sector union is threatening businesses with possible boycott if they refuse to voice support for the union position. Obviously, it’s pretty galling — and potentially illegal.

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Katherine Kersten: In Wisconsin, mob rule and intimidation
It's an affront to democracy, but since it's by the left, the media look away.
By KATHERINE KERSTEN, Star Tribune
Death threats to elected representatives. Menacing mobs -- swearing, screaming, spitting -- surrounding them as they walk to work.

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Arab Revolts

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Photo Gallery: Iran Before the Chador
by Judy Berman
By now, hopefully, we all know something about the Iranian Revolution (and America’s lamentable role in it), whether we learned about it at school or in the pages of Persepolis. Still, it’s difficult to grasp the extent of the Ayatollah Khomeini regime’s impact on secular society without having a sense of what Iran was like in the years immediately preceding the revolution

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NATO warns Libyan rebels: If you attack civilians, we’ll bomb you too; Update: Qaddafi sends envoy to UK, possibly to discuss exit strategy
Allahpundit
If you thought “protecting civilians” was merely UN-speak for “aiding the rebels” (as many of the rebels did), think again. Not only are NATO leaders refusing to arm them, but the fact that they think violence against defenseless people by their putative ally is so likely that deterring it requires a formal warning backed by a threat of bombardment tells you a lot about how suspicious the coalition is of its new best friends. Good thing the CIA vetting process is ongoing; hopefully we’ll find out whether they’re good guys or bad guys before they’re installed in power.

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Undisciplined Libyan rebels no match for Gaddafi's forces
Alarm over leaders' lack of control on battlefield
Rebels blame setbacks on lack of heavy weapons

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Iranian Video Says Mahdi is 'Near'
By Erick Stakelbeck
New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear.

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Obamacare

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G.O.P. Blueprint Would Remake Health Policy
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — The proposal to be unveiled by House Republicans on Tuesday to rein in the long-term costs of Medicaid and Medicare represents a fundamental rethinking of how the two programs work, an ambitious effort by conservatives to address the nation’s fiscal challenges, and a huge political risk.
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"Hide the Decline"

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CA legislators threaten hearings if UCLA fires CARB whistleblower
by Ed Morrissey
On Thursday, I wrote about Dr. James Enstrom, an environmental sciences professor and researcher at UCLA who blew the whistle on a fraud at the California Air Resources Board.

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Green regulation in CA: Academic fraud, retaliation, and science denial
by Ed Morrissey
Reason TV’s Ted Balaker offers a lengthy look into how government and academia teamed up in California to stifle scientific dissent and pass new environmental regulations on the basis of fraud. Take the time to watch it all, as there is a lot to unpack in this story, which starts off with a trucking company in Cypress, California, that may go out of business thanks to new rules from the state’s Air Resources Board (CARB). New rules on diesel emissions make Dwayne Whitney’s trucks illegal to operate without enormously expensive additions, rules CARB imposed because of a study on particulates produced by Dr. Hien Tran that linked the emissions to 2000 “premature deaths” in California each year.

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War & Terror

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Bloody pig's foot sent to Rep. Peter King
Posted by Brian Montopoli
Authorities intercepted a parcel this morning addressed to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) containing a bloody pig's foot and a derogatory message, a source has confirmed to CBS News.

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National

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Court Rejects Suit on Net Neutrality Rules

By EDWARD WYATT
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Monday rejected as “premature” a lawsuit by Verizon and MetroPCS challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s pending rules aimed at keeping Internet service providers from blocking access to certain Web sites or applications.

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White House Says It Will Veto House Efforts to Scuttle Internet Fairness Rules
By Josh Smith
The White House threatened on Monday to veto any bill from Congress that would scuttle new rules aimed at keeping internet access free and open.

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Lawmakers renew push for "rogue websites" bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress on Monday vowed to pass legislation giving the U.S. Justice Department new authority to go after foreign and domestic websites that sell pirated music and movies and counterfeit goods.

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Battle heats up over redistricting in Nevada
By Laura Myers
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Pack 'em, or crack 'em? That's one question Nevada lawmakers face when it comes to redistricting and the state's expanding Hispanic population, now a powerful political force here and nationwide.

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Why liberals are lovin' the birthers

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GOP says 5,000 non-citizens voting in Colorado a 'wake-up call' for states
By Debbie Siegelbaum
Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election.

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UCI Facilitates Secret Meeting with Hamas for their Students

by Roger L Simon
Some people wonder why Jews are so often destructive of their own interests; some of the answer to this dilemma may be in the education of their children.

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Indiana House Passes Broad Voucher Bill : Private Schools Included
The Indiana House on Wednesday passed what would be the nation's broadest use of school vouchers, allowing even middle-class families to use taxpayer money to send their children to private schools. The bill passed the house 56-42.

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Wikileaks and Free Speech
Apparently it is okay for them to speak freely.  But for Sarah Palin to speak freely and express her contempt for Assange and Wikileaks.  The crowd of progressives who adulate Assange apparently did a DDOS trying to shutdown her website.

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Economy & Taxes

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Nevada spends $12 million to 'create' five jobs

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The GOP Path to Prosperity
Our budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president's budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt.

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U.S. Gov't Spent More Than Eight Times Its Monthly Revenue
By Terence P. Jeffrey
Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsbility with his co-chair former Sen. Alan Simpson (R.-Wyo.) (AP photo/Alex Brandon)
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Treasury has released a final statement for the month of March that demonstrates that financial madness has gripped the federal government.

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A ‘Tea Party’ budget
By Chris Littleton and Dan Lillback
The U.S. government is broke — a concept the American people understand, but is lost on many of our representatives.

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Coburn spars with Norquist over tax breaks for ethanol

By Alexander Bolton
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped conservative activist Grover Norquist on Tuesday for defending tax breaks that benefit special interest groups.

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International

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Ivory Coast: aid workers find 1,000 bodies in Duekoue

The single biggest atrocity in the long battle for control of Ivory Coast has emerged after aid workers discovered the bodies of up to 1,000 people in the town of Duekoue.

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Opinion

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Barbarians within
Why Brit-style riots could spread to US
They were cleaning up the mess in London yesterday -- replacing the windows at the Ritz, fixing the wooden fašade at Fortnum & Mason and attending to a vandalized Trafalgar Square in the wake of Saturday's protests -- and riots -- by trade unionists and anarchists.

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On the U..K.'s "Anarchy" problem

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