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Sen. Joe Lieberman told Fox News that he would be hesitant to support the new nuclear treaty with Russia if President Barack Obama doesn’t commit to modernizing the nuclear arsenal. He also perpetuated fears of Iran.

As for the wire services, the Associated Press reports the government’s broadband funds are stimulating controversy.

An Israeli order paves the way for West Bank deportations, according to a new report highlighted by AFP.

And analysts say the risk of Japan going totally bankrupt is real.

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Free speech attorney Marjorie Heins told me in a fascinating exclusive interview that Obama “probably won’t have the courage” to rebuild the liberal wing of the Supreme Court.

With Justice John Paul Stevens retiring soon Republican Senator John Kyl threatened to filibuster if Obama’s choice to replace him is too ideological, for example if he or she stands up “for the little guy.”

And on a totally unrelated note, neoconservative commentator Bill Kristol told Fox News Sunday he believes “it would be better” for the US to attack Iran before Israel does. A reader posted a link to my story on a powerful Guardian article today called The Soldiers’ Burden.

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Forgetting Dr. King’s dream of justice by Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

NPR’s ombudsman asks ‘Where are the women?’

Looting Main Street by Matt Taibbi

The Fed in hot water from Talking Points Memo

The push to legalize marijuana is real from The Atlantic

New journalism centers for public media from Save the News

TSA concedes body scanners store and record images from EPIC

Mountaintop removal crackdown could mean more than offshore drilling

Everything you need to know about Obama’s new fuel-economy rules from Grist

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Plagued by bad memories? Call Death Bear

TOP STORIES

Letter sent to alleged drug kingpin details DEA surveillance

CPB’s new local journalism centers initiative from New Public Media

FCC removes gender from advertising nondiscrimination rules

Victim-blaming is alive in the school paper at American University

HEALTH REFORM

Ten things you didn’t know were in the health bill by Emily Badger

David Frum on health reform: ‘Repeal is literally impossible’

Insurers find loophole in health bill, say they don’t have to cover sick kids

The strange tale of ‘black liquor’ and $25B from The Takeaway

CLIMATE AWARENESS

Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change, says James Lovelock

Landmarks went dark worldwide to mark fourth annual Earth Hour

The Yes Men trick the world from Campus Progress

Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood promises bicyclists will finally have a voice

POLITICALLY SPEAKING

Nader on Attention deficit democracy from Common Dreams

Obama is ‘delivering, but for financial institutions’ says Chomsky

CNN claims only Dems want to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Watchdog files complaint against ‘deceptive and illegal’ Hannity concerts

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Democrats include $250m for abstinence-only education in health bill

The Secular Coalition for America, a national advocacy organization representing secular Americans, expressed its deep disapproval over this reversal.

“2009 marked the first year in nearly three decades that federal birth control funding was focused unequivocally on science-based sex education. No federal funds were spent on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs–programs not supported by scientific consensus. We are greatly disappointed that health care reform was used as a vehicle for extending this theocratically-motivated program which ignores science,” said Executive Director Sean Faircloth.

Blogger Michael Petrelis, a gay rights activist, is curious how certain progressive cabinet officials feel about this aspect of health reform, but isn’t holding his breath waiting for a response:

I’d sure like to hear from gay White House staffers Brian Bond, the gay liaison, and Jeff Crowley, the head of the Office of National AIDS Policy, about the supposed benefits behind allocating so much money for abstinence programs long-debunked by scientific research. Anyone care to wager that Bond and Crowley don’t say a thing about this outrageous waste of money?

Mississippi Governor: Media gave health bill ‘longest wet kiss’ in history

Sen. Schumer: A vote for health bill will be ‘asset’ in November elections

Wannabe Senator willing to ‘work across the aisle’ for GOP ideas only

Obama’s surprise 1st Kabul visit since ordering surge (Note my photo)

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CA legalization battle heats up

Ahead of state-wide vote, marijuana legalization battle heats up in CA

TOP STORIES

Did the CIA use Bybee memo for protection? from Firedoglake

The health bill is a bonanza for insurance industry by Bill Moyers

Key differences between progressive & liberal thinking by David Sirota

Germany to expand nuclear plant phase-out by 28 years from Al-Jazeera

WAR ZONES

McChrystal admits Afghan atrocities, press yawns by Allison Kilkenny

US casualties double in Afghanistan from Press TV

Obama declares Afghan war ‘absolutely essential’

Did Iraq just elect a mass-murderer? by Joshua Holland

BROADCASTING

Internet radio station makes leap to airwaves

WORT outreach coordinator directs a symphony of volunteers

Is there too much marijuana on prime time TV? from NORML

Planning a new station or relocation? FCC clarifies transmitter site rules

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No mail on Saturday? Americans say OK

No mail on Saturday? Americans say OK from True/Slant

TOP STORIES

Van Jones: ‘I feel like I’m just getting started’ from Grist

Civil rights & media justice from Prometheus Radio

Ian Tomlinson family waits for answers one year after G20 protests

Indebted UC students: Put down the soy lattes by Allison Kilkenny

FREE PRESS

The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters by Glenn Greenwald

Wikipedia to undergo fundamental changes in April

1 in 4 kids aged 8-12 on Facebook despite age restrictions

Google goes it alone in China censorship fight

GEEKY TECH

Digital divide will ensure a broadband ghetto from GigaOm

Blair Levin: Reclaiming spectrum puts FCC on ‘right side’ of history

New RFID tag could mean the end of bar codes from Wired

Why isn’t my house out-thinking my dog yet? from Wired

TRULY GREEN

Conservation icon Stewart Udall dies from New West

Climate bill could face threats from the left from The Hill

Sen. Tom Udall’s goal: ’10 Republicans on the climate bill’ from Grist

Van Jones: Clean energy ‘will be increasingly safe political ground for both parties’

HEALTHY THINKING

Not feeling well? Perhaps you’re marijuana deficient by Paul Armentano

In drug war, failed old ideas never die by Bernd Debusmann

Ask Umbra chews the fat with Moby about his new book Gristle

Celebrities climb Kilimanjaro to awaken world to water crisis from Treehugger

POLITICS USA

Court strikes limits on contributions to independent political groups

The horrible prospect of Supreme Court Justice Cass Sunstein

Tea Party harbors a dwindling, confused demographic by Allison Kilkenny

Will Greenwald be labeled a ‘terrorist’ and assassinated? from Antiwar Radio

RIGHT WING

How a visionary author became a target of right-wing conspiracy theory

The banishment of David Frum: The revolution devours its children

Where were all these ‘freedom-loving’ right wingers during the Bush years?

Michael Chertoff joins defense firm that defrauded the US government

CORPORATE POWER

Clear Channel spent $1.6M lobbying Congress & FCC in 2nd half of 2009

Chomsky: Popular outrage not challenging corporate power from In These Times

Viva la student revolution: Part of reform corporations couldn’t buy

Afghanistan spy contract goes sour for Pentagon from CorpWatch

MIDDLE EAST

US intent on dragging Israel to negotiating table from Electronic Intifada

Chomsky: Obama spat over Netanyahu’s ‘insulting manner, not settlements’

NPR misleads and misinforms on East Jerusalem from Mondo Weiss

KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes per month by John Byrne

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