Here are the top 10 stories you should read and watch on your lunch break (Friday edition):
(1) The White House has moved into full re-election mode. With speeches by President Obama and Joe Biden, as well as the release of "The Road We've Traveled," a 17-minute documentary-style testimonial celebrating its most significant achievements, the White House is laying the groundwork for November 2012.
(2) A new report suggests the U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians over the weekend may have been drunk as he fired. A high-ranking U.S. official told the New York Times: "When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol, and domestic issues - he just snapped." The soldier is believed to have been plagued by various stresses stemming from his deployment, his marriage, and the fact that he had seen a friend's leg blown off the day before the killings.
(3) Two Senators sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying Americans would be "stunned" to know what the government thought the Patriot Act allowed it to do. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado say the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act "in a way that would be alarming if the public -- or even others in Congress -- knew about it."
(4) MoveOn.org's viral video about the GOP's war on women:
(5) Rick Santorum helped to make the spectacle that is professional wrestling. During his stint as the Pennsylvania counsel for the World Wrestling Federation in the late 1980s, Santorum "played a critical role in the nationwide deregulation push that turned the spectacle of beefy men in skimpy outfits into a billion-dollar industry—and opened the door for more violence and steroid use."
(6) The new iPad hits the shelves today, and Apple customers are lining up at stores worldwide to get their hands on the latest tablet. The new iPad features better graphics, a faster processer and faster Internet speed compared to the previous two versions.
(7) #Friday Follow Rush? Rush Limbaugh has joined Twitter @limbaugh. “Everybody has been asking me what they can do to help in all of this, and I’ve been saying, nah, just do what you’ve been doing just, if you listen, keep listening, that’s fine, but … there’s an army out there that wants to be mobilized, and so, I figured, use Twitter for it. I’m just going to put some things on Twitter that you can help us circulate. It’s that simple you just retweet them,” he said.
(8) Why do islands play a key role in the GOP race? On Sunday, the Republican primary goes to Puerto Rico, after Mitt Romney picked up victories in Guam, Samoa, the Marianas, and won the delegate count in the Virgin Islands. Why do places that are not states have so much clout? "I have no idea at all," says a former Republican National Committee official. Should they have this power? "There really is no purpose to it," says David Norcross, former general counsel and chairman of the RNC rules committee.
(9) Do rising gas prices justify tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? Yesterday Reuters reported Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the possibility of releasing emergency oil reserves to curb high gas prices during a meeting on March 14. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney later denied the report. Background and debate here.
(10) Cartoon of the day: Via the Christian Science Monitor
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