*5TYNTR March 9, 2011 AM

*5 Things You Need to Read This Morning

The History and Meaning of Ash Wednesday
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Ash Wednesday is the name given to the first day of the season of Lent, in which the Pastor applies ashes to the foreheads of Christians to signify an inner repentance. But what is the history and the meaning of this Christian holy day?
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NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawful
The Washington Times
NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicans’ proposed spending cuts, but some affiliates’ pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying.
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Yawning at Assassinated Troops
Brent Bozell, Townhall.com
On March 2, two U.S. airmen, Nicholas Alden and Zachary Cuddeback, were gunned down at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Two other Americans were wounded. The assailant was a radical Muslim. This was a huge story to most Americans — but, naturally, not to our news media. If the amount of airtime is any measure, the assassination of our troops drew a yawn.
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Obama Has ‘Failed to Lead’ on Spending Cuts, Democratic Senator Says
“Our president has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said on the Senate floor.
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White House moving to repair troubled relationship with Cabinet
The Washington Post
News this week of the first departure of a Cabinet secretary from the Obama administration comes amid a wide-ranging effort under the new chief of staff, William M. Daley, to repair badly frayed relations between the White House and the Cabinet.
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