A.M. Links: Obama Committed to Letting Bush Tax Cuts Expire, Boehner Limits Romney Enthusiasm to Family, Friends and Mormons, Assad Blames U.S. For Destabilization in Syria
President Obama is "100% committed" to allowing the Bush era tax cuts to expire for those making more than $250,000 a year, according to Robert Gibbs. The president will apparently be asking for a partial one-year extension of the tax cuts.
- John Boehner explained the landscape of the 2012 presidential election at a fundraiser in West Virginia: "The American people probably aren't going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. I'll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama. Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons … some people that are going to vote for him. But that's not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the president's failed economic policies."
- Bashar Assad accused the United States of "destabilizing" Syria, apparently unaware that events in his country have been in the world news for the last year and a half.
- It looks like third time's the charm as liberal parties may actually be looking at a victory over the Muslim Brotherhood in the first free elections in Libya.
- A malware program believed to have spread to computers around the world is set to shut down Internet access to those computers today. Something to do with your DNS resolution, which can be checked here.
- NASA scientists appear to have been wrong about finding arsenic-based life. The bacteria the study was based on apparently lives despite the arsenic in its cells, not because of it.
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