7:10am

Fri April 8, 2011
The Two-Way

No Budget Deal Yet, NATO Hits Libyan Rebels

Time is running out for agreement between Democrats and Republicans on a federal budget: the federal government will shut down tonight if a deal can't be reached. NPR's Audie Cornish tells Morning Edition House Republicans passed a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running for another week. But it cuts a further 12 billion dollars in spending and it would ban money for family planning services in Washington, D.C. Democrats aren't pleased.

[Update at 11:02 a.m. ET: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) just told reporters that "the issue is spending." The two sides, he said, are "close to a resolution on policy issues." But Boehner said the White House and Senate Democrats aren't yet "serious about cutting spending."]

NATO says its fighter jets mistakenly struck Libyan rebel fighters. But AP reports the military alliance won't apologize; the rebels were using tanks and hadn't told NATO the news. Until now, only Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces used tanks - and have been targeted by NATO air strikes.

Oops - a Wisconsin election official found more than 14,000 votes that were not counted in this week's razor thin state Supreme Court election. As Frank writes on It's All Politics, the shocking discovery pushes incumbent Justice David Prosser well into the lead. Democratic challenger JoAnne Kloppenberg had already claimed victory until the new ballots turned up. The election had been seen as a test of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The Red River is swelling again in North Dakota and people are sandbagging its banks to prevent flooding. The Chicago Tribune reports in Fargo, the river may crest above the record 41 feet, set in 2009.

And you'll be able to get more of your favorite Jersey Shore stars! MTV says Snooki, JWoww and Pauly D will get spinoff series! MTV UK has more on the reality show based on the lives of eight lively and controversial housemates seriously into GTL (gym, tan, laundry).

Before you laugh, Lisa de Moraes writes for the Washington Post "Jersey Shore" is ranked No. 1 among all TV series, broadcast and cable, with viewers between the ages of 12 and 34 years. Nearly 8 million people watched "Jersey Shore's" third season finale last month." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.