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Friday, April 22, 2011

Morning Newsdome: If I called myself the Fresh Juice Party and sang at the president's fundraiser, would you hold it against me?


>> President Obama approved the use of armed drones in Libya (what happened to the no-fly zone?). The same day, American drones in Pakistan reportedly killed twelve in the pro-Taliban region of Waziristan. Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani said drones complicate the mission against rebels, and that they've already killed hundreds of civilians. Of course Pakistan would rather the U.S. not be in the country at all, but sorry, you can't have it your way. (Al Jazeera, BBC)

>> The Fresh Juice Party made its debut in San Francisco yesterday at President Obama's fundraiser where they sang a satirical song with the refrain "I paid my dues, where's my change?" Obama publicly brushed it off, saying, "That was a nice song." The group paid thousands of dollars to attend the event, and their mission statement says they'll pay $100 to every person who posts a YouTube video singing their song. They're single-handedly reviving the economy! (Global BC)

>> Senator John Ensign of Nevada will resign before the end of his term on May 3 due to an ethics investigation into an affair he had with his top aide's wife. I'd love to see that silver fox go at it. (the New York Times)

>> Gary Johnson was the governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2002. He supports marijuana legalization, abortion rights, and opposes the Iraq and Afghanistan War. He announced he's running for president. And he's also a Republican. Wahhhat? (CBS)

>> And finally, for a bit of Friday fun: In the grand tradition of "Telephone" and "Tik Tok," soldiers stationed in Afghanistan have released their own cover video of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me." Even while in one of the most war-torn corners of the world, they still look less dead inside than Brit. (YouTube)

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