On the Radar: Budget showdown, Trump, Bonds trial, Libya, Japan
Federal employees demonstrate against a possible government shutdown outside a federal building Thursday in Chicago.
April 8th, 2011
09:15 AM ET

On the Radar: Budget showdown, Trump, Bonds trial, Libya, Japan

Looming government shutdown - Congressional leaders of both parties are searching for common ground on a federal budget, working against a deadline of midnight ET Friday. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and their aides spent another long night negotiating, including a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. If an agreement is not reached in time, many federal government facilities - including national parks - and some services will shut down until funding can be re-established.

Trump - Recent "birther" convert and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to meet Friday with an Arizona state lawmaker who is sponsoring a bill to require any presidential candidate to prove he or she was born in the United States. Trump, a real-estate mogul and reality TV star, told NBC that he has dispatched a team of investigators to Hawaii to establish whether Obama was born there. CNN has debunked allegations surrounding the president's birthplace.

Libya - NATO conceded Friday it may have accidentally fired on Libyan rebel forces Thursday but refused to apologize. Former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon is still in Libya, trying to arrange an audience with leader Moammar Gadhafi to discuss actions Gadhafi could take - primarily, giving up power - to end the conflict. Forces on the ground continue to fight for control of the strategically vital cities of Ajdabiya, al-Brega and Ras Lanuf.

Japan - Engineers are back at work at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after evacuating the area Thursday because of a magnitude 7.1 aftershock. Three deaths and 140 injuries were blamed on the latest quake. Japan's government has lifted restrictions on vegetables from some parts of the country's north after inspections found radiation levels consistently below legal limits.

Barry Bonds - Jury deliberations continue Friday in the federal perjury trial of former baseball star Barry Bonds. The major-league home run record holder is charged with lying under oath when he testified before a grand jury in 2003 that was investigating alleged sports doping.

Ivory Coast - Defeated Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was still hunkered down in the basement of his residence in Abidjan as soldiers loyal to him held off forces backing election winner Alassane Ouattara. "President Gbagbo needs to step aside," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday in Washington. "He has to cede power. This is his last chance. He has to mind the safety and prosperity of his people."

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  1. Daz Irons

    I would like to know do u thinkthe goverment will shout down

    April 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Devil

    Hey Blogging....its me the Devil. Just wanted to say im going to let bygones be bygones. Time to go however as I have to go meet Dormammu for dinner.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      reported abuse.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @Dim Mak...I agree. Bond's and many others have lied to Congress and should be punished. (that goes for slick Willie Clinton too) Not for using steroids...for lying. next: the NHL that has no substance-abuse policies. How many hockey players are neanderthal? he he

    April 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Not to mention NASCARs substance abuse policies that are so loosely worded, they can go either way. Really...it's a frikken textbook.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Becca

    The Republicans need to watch their backs. The poor are going to grab their pitchforks and torches and raid Washington. It'll happen. History repeats itself.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @Becca...beg your pardon, but did you used to blog on AOL (war on iraq chat)? Your name and tone/style seem awfully familiar.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony the Prophet

    with all the economicproblems and Governement corruption, a revolt will be coming....the US will experiance a second civil war

    April 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kettle2

    #1 Donald Trump is a joke, he is a disgrace, he filed Bankrupsey 4 Times...(I dont trust Him)
    2. GOP and Tea Party is holding the American Middle Class Hostage...The Unions, Teachers, Seniors, Vets, Disabled, and Middle Class will make that VERY CLEAR come 2012....this is the END OF THE GOP.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dim Mak

    @Phillip: If you want to address certain issues like food or sports then you do it through legislation. With that being said there are numerous things that are bad for you yet legal, however there is a segment of society that likes that harmful stuff. It's always "manly" to smoke, drink, drug, philander, and eat crappy foods. The "don't tread on me" crowd likes it that way. Singling out one store is a flawed way of attacking the problem as most stores in America sell foreign goods and/or bad food. The stores do what they are allowed to do. Baseball makes certain things banned for whatever reason as does the government bad certain drugs. Anyone who signs a contract with an employer should know the risks. If Michael Jordan doped and Kobe doesn't then Jordan's paychecks shouldn't be larger than Bryant's. It would be nice to live in a 100% fair society, but not on this planet unfortunately.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dim Mak

    *oops* ban certain drugs

    April 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. egore

    Trump's totally "trumped" up birther nonsense opens up an interesting question. What about his own origins? I mean, what's up with the orange hair? We all know that a certain great ape with orange hair inhabits the African rain forest. He Trump be the product of some gross abomination? Remember "Leda and the Swan", anyone?

    April 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. egore

    Trump's totally "trumped" up birther nonsense opens up an interesting question. What about his own origins? I mean, what's up with the orange hair? We all know that a certain great ape with orange hair inhabits the African rain forest. Could Trump be the product of some gross abomination? Remember "Leda and the Swan", anyone?

    April 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. funkybunch

    Hail to the Donald.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. L. R. Blair

    The 2011 budget is being held hostage by radicals who want to eliminate the rights of women–so hard fought for by women of the past.

    If you want to know what this will mean to women across our country–visit a cemetery and look for short life spans on tombstones with women's names. I remember what it was like when women didn't have access to good health care, cancer screening, paps, etc. It killed us by the thousands every year. Do we REALLY want to go back to that?

    This has nothing to do with abortion...it has to do with throwing women under the bus to give an immoral few, standing on what they mistakenly think is "moral" high ground, the power to eliminate women's rights to health care.

    I say, show them we won't be blackmailed. Shut the darned thing down and let THEM take the blame–that's where it belongs. SHAME on the GOP. This is not what you got elected to do and the vote next year will prove it. You've backed yourself into a corner and I hope you stay cornered until the next election.

    My grandkids in the military are fighting to keep these SOBs safe? It makes me sick!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    People are gonna murder their unborn children regardless of law or funding. The ancient art of abortion has been thouroughly refined, but a coat-hanger will do in a snap.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
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