On the Radar: Day 15 of Libyan protests, Sheen on CNN, Florida wildfires
Libyan anti-Gadhafi protesters wave their old national flag on an abandoned tank in Benghazi on Monday.
March 1st, 2011
11:07 AM ET

On the Radar: Day 15 of Libyan protests, Sheen on CNN, Florida wildfires

Libya - Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is calling Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi "delusional." Her remark followed Gadhafi's ABC interview in which he insisted that there are no protests in Libya and that citizens "love" him. It is actually day 15 of massive protests in the chaotic country. Thousands are demanding Gadhafi's ouster, as the world wonders what would happen if he did step down. Enigmatic and eccentric, he has ruled Libya for more than 40 years. As night fell Monday, forces loyal to him tried to retake the town of Zawiya with tanks and anti-aircraft guns, an opposition leader said Tuesday. The town, which is a short drive from Tripoli, the capital, seemed to be in control of those who oppose Gadhafi, so the pro-Gadhafi crowd was stopped, the opposition leader said. CNN journalists are on the ground in Libya and across the Middle East and North Africa to bring you background on the crisis in Libya. Other countries across the region have seen unprecedented protests calling for changes in government to reflect a more democratic models. CNN's Fareed Zakaria breaks down the history that led to the uprisings, and he urges the U.S. to recognize Libya's new provisional government led by anti-Gadhafi forces. What are the U.S.'s options for Libya? The Obama administration has said nothing is off the table.

Charlie Sheen - Charlie Sheen continued his nonsensical ranting Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." He said that he has results of a test that showed him to be drug free. "I'm super-bitchin' [and] I don't believe myself to be an addict," Sheen declared. His recent rants, speculated to be some kind of drug-addled meltdown, have been major headlines since reports of a high-profile night of debauchery with prostitutes that ended when he was rushed to a hospital for severe pain. In the past few weeks, Sheen has repeatedly texted journalists and given interviews to a radio show during which he has insulted his former bosses at his hugely popular sitcom "Two and a Half Men." The show was canceled. When Morgan asked Sheen if he felt any responsibility to act as a role model because the sitcom was a family-oriented comedy, Sheen replied that he thought the show's content was  "juvenile or gross." Sheen also said Sean Penn and Mel Gibson had reached out to him to offer advice, and denied that he is violent toward women. Sheen remarked, "I'm still alive, which is pretty cool." Time magazine wonders today if Sheen is bipolar.

Florida wildfires - Firefighters are having a tough time getting a big wildfire under control in central Florida. About 20 miles of Interstate 95 are closed. Officials say the blaze has burned about 10,000 acres. Heavy winds and dry conditions are fueling the flames.

Union protests - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warns of dire consequences, including layoffs of state workers, if Democratic state senators don't return to the legislature in Madison to vote on the budget. The budget plan the governor will unveil Tuesday has led to protests by throngs of public employees who are enraged that lawmakers would consider ending their right to collective bargaining. Polls indicate there is growing support for Wisconsin's public workers. Protests about similar union issues are heating up in Indiana and Ohio. Background on those protests can be found here.

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  1. Cesar

    I guess that we're going to see more Qadaffi bashing by both the right-wing news media and the ignorant public. This must be awfully pleasing to the right-wing thugs in Washington as it never ends!!! This is starting to get appalling!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Travis

    Like Cesar above already said,all this Qadaffi bashing does get old. Besides,I wonder just how much truth there is to it since the news media seems to be under the control of the right-wing elite in Washington.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RuffNutt

    No Cesar, I disagree. That is a very poor post. I pity you, fool and Travis.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    RuffNutt, just ignore that sorry silly commie.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Veritas

    @Cesar gadafi needs to step down he sounds dillusional and is killing peaceful protesters. i suppose you agree with that azzclown in wisconsin too. he wants to destroy unions everywhere. when these fkn rethugs/peepartiers get done our country will be in ruins. BEWARE they might miscount another election since theres a rethug in florida who obviously doesnt know how to count or when he's got a great offer of 50,000 jobs and several billion dollars in a program to help his state, he cuts off his nose to spite his face, jackazz. Charlie Sheen get YOUR fkn sh!t together before it's too late. Your out of control buddy. God bless our poor, tired, chaotic, yet beautiful world.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Veritas,you have a very good argument where Chalie Sheen is concerned but can you cut out the Tea Party lingo? It has no place here as I keep trying to tell these right-wing nutjobs. Let's just leave that for Sarah Palin,Michele Bachmann and associates and their right-wing idiotic Tea Party followers!

      March 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      I agree with you,Daniel. I don't like the language spoken by the right-wing,foul-speaking,anti-intellectual Tea Partiers either.

      March 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    I agree Veritas, Gadafi should step down and be bashed. The communist Cesar does not want any bashing of him as you can plainly see his post.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mohamad

    Hey Cesar desgraciado adonde estas? There's an ashol using your name, I told him to go f. Himselve he knows spanish the s o.b

    March 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Mohamad: Yes, one of many trolls for different folks.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    gay mexicans? Or just confused

    March 2, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Duane Seigler


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  11. Kentlose

    Gadhafi is holding Libyans as hostages. Wnen a country has no rule of succession, what can the U.N. do to prevent potential loss of countless lives when it's manifestingly obvious that its ruler has become mentally impaired to lead his people?

    March 2, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar


    March 2, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |