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Stephen Colbert isn't convinced that Japan's nuclear crisis should derail the construction of new nuclear plants in America.

Last night, Colbert noted that white smoke is still pouring from a quake-damaged nuclear reactor in Japan.

"It either means the reactor has gone critical, or they've elected a new Pope," Colbert said.

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The contretemps between Fox News and CNN over their Libya coverage continues to unfold. This time, Fox's veteran national security reporter, who unwittingly touched off the dispute, weighs in to call CNN's conduct "unprofessional," "nonsense," and beneath them. She also joked, "CNN has put a landmine out there so I can stop reporting."

"My reporting was not meant to point fingers; it was to get the facts out there," Jennifer Griffin told Mediabistro. "It was not about attacking anyone personally. I feel, unfortunately, CNN decided to make this personal, by saying what I think are extremely unprofessional things about my colleague Steve Harrigan who is a fabulous reporter and who is a great war correspondent and I think what they said about him was indefensible. They made this personal. I did not."

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1||Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hasn't formally declared he's running for president. But he has made a number of high-profile hires, including former Mitt Romney adviser Sally Bradshaw, and is floating an anti-Afghan War platform as of late.

March 5, 1996: Barbour addresses an event honoring Dewitt L. Fortenberry as the 200th person to switch to the Republican Party after President Bill Clinton took office. ||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

2||January 29, 1993: Barbour after being elected chairman of the Republican National Committee||C-SPAN&&

3||February 22, 1993: Barbour discusses Clinton's first month as president.||C-SPAN&&

4||Barbour in 2005 surveys Hurricane Katrina damage in Gulfport, Miss. ||newscom/Suzi Altman/ZUMA Press&&

5||Sept. 2, 2005: President George W. Bush in Biloxi, Miss., with Mayor A.J. Holloway, left, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Barbour.||newscom/Tim Isbell/KRT&&

6||Nov. 1, 2003: President Bush stumps for Barbour as a gubernatorial candidate in Washington, Miss.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

7||January 9, 1988: Barbour at the closing session of the Southern Republican Exchange.||C-SPAN&&

8||Barbour in 2005 testifies in Washington before a bipartisan committee investigating the preparedness for and response to Hurricane Katrina.||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

9||June 23, 2009: Then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Barbour and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) before a news conference in Washington discussing health care reform.||newscom/Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos&&

10||February 23, 2009: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Barbour before President Barack Obama addresses the National Governors Association in the White House's State Dining Room.||newscom/Dennis Brack/CNP&&

11||June 14, 2010: Obama joins a roundtable discussion at Combs Pier in Gulfport, Miss., to assess the BP oil spill's damage to the Gulf of Mexico. Adm. Thad Allen, Barbour, Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel and local business owners were among those in attendance.||newscom/z03/ZUMA Press&&

12||June 2, 2010: Haley and Marsha Barbour examine a tarball found on the beach at Petit Pois Island off the Mississippi coast.||newscom/Drew Tarter/MCT&&

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14||Barbour in 2006 in Seattle at the 96th annual National Governors Association meeting.||newscom/Daren Fentiman/ZUMA Press&&

15||November 4, 2003: Barbour thanks a friend after voting in Yazoo City, Miss.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

16||Nov. 4, 2003: Barbour and his wife, Marsha, celebrate his election as governor of Mississippi.||newscom/w85/ZUMA Press&&

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18||March 18, 2005: Barbour in Jackson, Miss., during a St. Patrick's Day parade.||newscom/a17/ZUMA Press&&

19||Barbour in 2006 testifies in Washington on "Hurricane Katrina: The Role of the Governors in Managing the Catastrophe."||newscom/Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos&&

In his first public comments addressing Project Gunrunner -- a national initiative by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to combat illegal gun trafficking along the Mexico border now taking heat for allegedly letting guns end up in the hands of criminals -- President Barack Obama conceded that "a serious mistake" may have been made.

During an interview with a reporter from Univision that aired Tuesday night, Obama said he was "absolutely not" informed about the ATF program. The agency came under fire after a senior ATF agent told media outlets that supervisors ordered agents not to intercept weapons made in suspicious sales -- but instead to monitor them to see where the weapons ended up.

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Jon Stewart waded into the spat between Fox News and CNN last night, knocking both organizations for continuing to report on their own feud rather than the ongoing strife in Libya.

Earlier this week, Fox said they did not send a correspondent stationed in Libya on a government-led tour for fear that he would be used as a human shield.

"Kudos to Fox for so quickly putting the crisis into service of their real mission, patriotic self-promotion," Stewart said.

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By not defining a clear mission in Libya and failing to offer up a distinct exit strategy, President Obama is making the military very nervous. At least that's how former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sees it.

Rumsfeld told Politico that the mission in Libya is "confused" by the way the coalition of nations currently enforcing the no-fly zone was put together. And that's not what servicemen and women going to battle in the Middle East want, Rumsfeld says.

"If peoples' lives are at risk and you're using military forces, you need to have a rather clear understanding as to who's in charge and who's making the decisions," he said.

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Libya Questions Swirl As Obama Comes Home CNN reports: "President Barack Obama is returning home to a firestorm of criticism over his handling of the crisis in Libya and mounting calls for a clearer explanation of U.S. policy in the war-torn North African nation...Critics on Capitol Hill and elsewhere are angry over what they consider inadequate administration consultation with Congress before the start of the military mission over the weekend. They also continue to have questions over the conflict's cost and consequences as well as the U.S. endgame."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will meet for lunch at 12:45 p.m. ET. Obama will meet at 2:15 p.m. ET with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. In the afternoon, Obama will meet with his national security team to review efforts in Libya.

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A new PPP poll of registered voters in Connecticut shows Democrats with big leads in hypothetical match-ups for the seat being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT-I).

In the poll, two potential Democratic candidates, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT), comfortably led a number of potential GOP challengers, posting double-digit leads in every potential match-up included in the survey.

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A coalition of reform groups are calling on the House Ethics Committee to resume its work on the investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). The ethics watchdogs said in a letter to House Ethics Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) that they want the committee to let the public know more about the status of the case.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…