The Daily Pulse, Friday, April 1.
Return of the boys of summer
Kevin Glew's 2011 Blue Jay predictions. (CBC) Harper, Iggy, other celebs canvassed on their regard for baseball. (Mark Zwolinski, Toronto Star)
Libyan rebels seek arms, money, to oust Gadhafi. (Abigail Hauslohner, Time) * Revolution in Arab world is opportunity for Islamists. (Patrick Martin, Globe and Mail) * Tripoli roiled by Gadhafi defections. (David Kirkpatrick, NYT) * Most high-level Libyan regime officials trying to defect, diplomat claims. (Cassandra Vinograd and Dancia Kirka, Globe and Mail) * Gadhafi renews vow to fight to the death. (International Business Times) * Yet is thought to be seeking means of escape. (International Business Times) * In Ivory Coast, Ouattara forces poised to attack residence of intransigent Gbagbo Abidjan, loser in last year's election. (Loucoumane Coulibaly and Tom Cocks, Reuters) * Reports have former Gbagbo loyalists defecting en masse. (Drew Hinshaw, Christian Science Monitor)
Tragedy in Japan
Reactor repair teams assume they will die, some within weeks. (Dominic Di-Natale, Fox News)
Dereliction of duty
Amnesty International says Canada no longer leads on human rights. (Campbell Clark, Globe and Mail)
Poll shows Americans' disfavor with Tea Partiers at record level. (Nate Silver, NYT) Apathy with Tea Partiers turns to scorn. (Erik Hayden, Salon)
Sarah Palin tries (lamely) to defend whopping Alaska state subsidy for her TLC doc. (Christopher John Farley, WSJ) A costly advertisement for herself financed by a bill Palin herself signed during her brief gubernatorial tenure.
The end of "compassionate conservatism." (Jonathan Cohn, New Republic) Hating Obama and fearing the Tea Partiers, today's GOP doesn't even make a pretense to caring for the disadvantaged. But then, then original CC wasn't convincing. "I'm confused," Robin Williams said. "It sounds like a Volvo with a gun rack."
Clinton, Rice, Powers, Albright - women as warmongers. (Charli Carpenter, Foreign Affairs)
This is the nail-biting time of year when applicants wait to learn if they've been accepted at top schools with low admission rates, including Harvard (6.2%), Columbia (6.4%), Yale (7.4%) and Princeton (8.4%).
College applications soar, but admission rates are plummeting. (Eric Hayden, Atlantic) Best applicants are smarter than ever.
Virginia Tech fined $55,000 for two-hour delay in alerting students to 2007 killer. (Colleen Jenkins and Jerry Norton, Reuters)
Dilemma over U.S. natural gas, savior or budding environmental disaster? (Bryan Walsh, Time)
Michigan Democratic U.S. Senator Stabenow among climate-action delayers. (Andrew Leonard, Salon)
Joseph Stiglitz: America as an "Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%" society. (Vanity Fair)
Tom Malinowski: Why no credit for Obama in preventing Libyan genocide? (New Republic)
Aviva Dove-Viebahn: Stymied progress toward gender equality since Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 race. (New Republic)
Francis Lam: Higher food prices aren't all bad. (Salon)
Annals of Commerce
BP managers could face manslaughter charges over 2010 Gulf rig explosion. (Justin Blum and Alison Fitzgerald, Bloomberg News)
Warren Buffett's halo slips over peculiar firing of a potential successor. (Ben Protess, Evelyn Rusli and Susanne Craig, NYT)
RIM licenses 30,000 patents to guard against encore of past IP wars. (Kit Eaton, Fast Company)
Frank Stronach's Magna retirement after 50 years comes with bundles of cash. (Greg Kennan, Globe and Mail)
On the other hand
Obama's new lease on life for humanitarianism. (Stewart Patrick, Foreign Affairs)
The road to humanitarianism hell is paved with "good" Interventions. (Micah Zenko, Foreign Affairs)
Why men feel better about themselves after first sex, women feel worse. (Tracy Clark-Flory, Salon)
Careless consumerism: You're spending eight times' what you think. (Brad Tuttle, Time)
Obesity epidemic compels automakers to order bigger crash-test dummies. (Nicola Twilley, Good Environment)
Shocker: Study finds attractive people are happier, richer. (Kelly Bourdet, Nerve.ca)
Weight-loss surgery reduces migraines. (Thomas Maugh, LAT)
1 in 10 Britons move because of nasty neighbors. (Bob Aaron, YourHome.ca)
"The Kennedys" is "a lurid family drama that happened to change the course of history." (Alessandra Stanley, NYT)
David Foster Wallace's The Pale King. (Michiko Kakutani, NYT) "In almost everything Wallace wrote, including The Pale King, he aimed to use words to lasso and somehow subdue the staggering, multifarious, cacophonous predicament that is modern American life." (Whew, that was an expensive sentence.)
Source Code: Techno-thriller is Groundhog Day on a train. (Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail) Jake Gyllenhaal shines in cool, romantic Source Code. (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon)
Koch brothers' self-expose in a Weakly Standard love letter disguised as a profile. (Jonathan Chait, New Republic) "It is very easy to overestimate the sinister character of the Kochs. These are basically just a couple of not-terribly-sophisticated thinkers who happen to be sitting on a huge pile of money."