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Friday, April 8, 2011

Morning Newsdome: First federal government shutdown in 15 years looming, would make a great theme party this weekend

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>> It looks like we'll have the first federal government shutdown in 15 years after Democrats and Republicans still haven't reached a budget agreement after overnight talks again in the White House. Democrats agreed to $34.5 billion in domestic spending reductions, but Republicans are seeking $39 billion and stricter restrictions on abortion services. Because as N.Y. Sen. Charles E. Schumer pointed out, "the issue of women's health ... has nothing, nothing to do with the budget." (the LA Times)

>> NATO, whose air support has been crucial in the Libyan uprising, is not sorry about bombing a convoy of rebel tanks yesterday that killed at least five fighters: "I am not apologizing," said Rear Admiral Russell Harding. I know war is nasty and all, but way to be rude, Russell. Meanwhile, Atlantic reporter Clare Morgana Gillis and globalpost.com reporter James Foley, along with two other foreign journalists, have been captured by pro-Qaddafi forces after they blew up their car. I bet they're not sorry either. (MSNBC, the Atlantic)

>> Ivory Coast ousted president Laurent Gbagbo has less than 1,000 troops left in Abidjan, according to French defense, and Gbagbo is expected to surrender soon. Very soon. Any day now. I'm waiting... (BBC)

>> Though "Don't Ask Don't Tell" was repealed in December, the Pentagon now says that gay and lesbian servicemen and women can expect to serve openly for the first time ever this summer. "There's not been anxiety over it from the forces in the field," said General James Amos. "There hasn't been pushback." DADT was all I had going for me to not be drafted. (NY Daily News)

>> And finally: Revered Michael Manning runs a worldwide televised ministry and has accepted a life of celibacy to be a priest. Except when he's sleeping with his cousin! Yes, he broke his celibacy vow with his second cousin Nancy Kotowsk and is now taking a leave of absence from his ministry. How very Christlike! (NY Daily News)

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