Obama To Give Major Fiscal Speech, Former Egyptian Leader Detained

Apr 13, 2011

President Obama presents his budgetary blueprint today during a speech at George Washington University. NPR's Mara Liasson tells Morning Edition Obama will embrace several points made by his bipartisan deficit reduction commission, including cuts to domestic and military spending, and overhauling the national tax code.

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarek and his two sons are in detention for the next 15 days. AFP reports an Egyptian prosecutor is investigating the Egyptian government's use of force against civilians during this year's uprising that forced the Mubareks from power. As Mark wrote earlier, the elder Mubarek is hospitalized with possible heart problems.

Libyan rebel leaders are meeting representatives of foreign governments today in Qatar. They've already rejected a truce proposed by the African Union because it didn't force Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to give up power. ABC reports the rebels want their Transitional National Council recognized as the legal government of Libya.

Lawyers for former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk are demanding a new trial for him in Germany. They're pointing to an AP report that says the former Soviet Union "quite likely fabricated evidence" on certain evidence in his Nazi war crimes trial. The AP report cites a newly declassified FBI report suggesting Demjanjuk's ID card from the Nazi death camp in Poland was faked.

The European Union is punishing two corporations for setting up a 'detergent cartel'. Reuters says Procter & Gamble and Unilever conspired to fix prices for laundry soap in several European countries. It ended in 2005 and both corportations admitted their roles. They'll pay $456 million in fines.

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