Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday's Daily Brief

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Arianna Huffington: I'm delighted that today marks the start of the Huffington Post Media Group's second annual Military Families Week. We launched Military Families Week last year to coincide with the formation of Joining Forces, the program launched by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to "build upon our nation's great patriotism by asking all Americans to take action and ensure our military families have the support they have earned," as the First Lady said. A year later, the need for action remains. So all week, we'll feature stories, slideshows and videos (including an exclusive video from the First Lady sharing her personal story of the moment she knew she wanted to help military families) that provide glimpses into the lives, stories, and struggles of those who serve and those who love them.
Tsunami Warning Issued After Giant Quake Hits Near Indonesia
Allen West: I've 'Heard' 80 House Democrats Are Communist Party Members
Warren And Brown Running 'Neck-and-Neck'
Newt's Unpaid Vendors: 'He Couldn't Care Less About The Small Businesses'
George Zimmerman's Attorneys Quit, Said Client 'Disappeared'
Kerry Kennedy: Get Your Boot Off My Neck
On Sunday, I experienced what few leaders in Mexico's elite know: the fear of a military that turns its power on the very people it has vowed to protect, the rage engendered when that power is challenged, and the arbitrary nature of its wrath.
Bernard-Henri Lévy: The First Death of Günter Grass
Here is a European writer, one of the greatest and most eminent, for he is Nobel prize laureate Günter Grass, who has nothing better to do than to publish a poem in which he explains that there is only one serious threat hanging over our heads: the State of Israel.
Rick Steves: Quick Tips For Travelers To Rome, Paris and London
The old ladies on their folding chairs as they hang out in the Jewish Quarter; rays of sunlight cutting through St. Peter's Basilica; the scene on Via del Corso in the early evening when it's closed to traffic.
Rev. Al Sharpton: The Trayvon Martin and Tulsa Shootings: The Time for Inaction Is Over
It's time all of us engage in a long-term conversation on the elephant in the room -- race. And as the Trayvon Martin case tragically proves, the topic cannot be discussed without dedicating an equal amount of time towards a serious look at our justice system.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: The Buffett Rule: Your Straight Deal on Taxes
If the American people make their voices heard and put enough pressure on Congress, we can restore fairness in our economic system, do what's right for the middle class, and show that Congress can stand up to special interests.

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