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LATEST FROM LIBYA
1.Rebels Aim for Gaddafi's Hometown

Have the Libyan rebels gotten their act together? They retook several key towns along 150 miles of coastal road over the weekend-and are aiming now for Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte. A rebel spokesman says that they have, in fact, already retaken Sirte after finding it unprotected. The Guardian says, however, there is "no sign the city has fallen." The rebels have also retaken the oil-rich towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf, which could provide them with revenue. Leslie H. Gelb writes that President Obama's speech tonight will convincingly explain U.S. policy toward Libya, and that while he won't say anything new-like committing to removing Gaddafi by force-he will say it better.

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ATROCITIES
2.New Photos from Army 'Kill Team'

Rolling Stone has published new photographs and video of the alleged crimes of 12 U.S soldiers in Afghanistan accused of forming a "kill team" to murder Afghan civilians. The images feature several mutilated corpses, and the video shows two U.S. soldiers, believed to be members of the "kill team," shooting two Afghans on a motorcycle. Rolling Stone says the Army tried to cover up the photos in its efforts to avoid an Abu Ghraib like scandal: They deleted files from the computers of more than a dozen soldiers and even went to soldiers' families' homes to confiscate copies of the files. Rolling Stone says, "the Army may also have been trying to keep secret evidence that the killings of civilians went beyond a few men in 3rd Platoon."

Read it at Rolling Stone

DISASTERS
3.Japan: Partial Meltdown Occurred

After indications to the contrary, it turns out that a partial meltdown did, in fact, occur at the No. 2 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in Japan: Water 100,000 times more radioactive than usual is ''believed to have temporarily had contact with fuel rods [in the reactor's core] that have partially melted," according to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. The water is so radioactive that relief workers can only be near it for 15 minutes before falling ill. Workers are currently laboring to remove radioactive water from reactor No. 1 using three pumps.

Read it at Kyodo News

BUDGET BATTLE
4.White House to Offer $20B in Cuts

The White House and Senate Democrats are preparing to offer $20 billion in new spending cuts in order to avoid a government shutdown-but will it be enough for the Tea Party? The offer, which is Democrats' highest yet, comes on top of $10 billion in cuts that have already been enacted. The House GOP, however, has so far stood by its demand for $61 billion in cuts as it faces pressure from the Tea Party activists. Congress returns from recess Monday and has until April 8 before funding runs dry.

Read it at The Wall Street Journal

ASSAULTS
5.Libya Claims Arrests in Rape Case

Libyan authorities say they have arrested five men after a woman burst into a hotel where foreign journalists were staying and claimed to have been raped. The woman, Iman al Obeidi, is reportedly a law school graduate, but a Libyan spokesman said she was a prostitute. Despite the arrests-which include the son of a high-ranking Libyan police officer-Obeidi has not been seen since Sunday. Libyan authorities say she is with her family and may soon participate in do interviews.

Read it at Sky News

Latest-Cheat-Sheet
SOCIAL NETWORK
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs
To handle company's communications.

OBIT
Super Glue Inventor Dies
Harry Coover was 94.

CASTING COUCH
Amy Adams to Play Lois Lane
In Zach Snyder-directed Superman.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Clinton: No Syria Intervention
Despite growing violence.

D'OH
Simpsons Nuclear Jokes Cut
In Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

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