Muammar Gaddafi Says He's Not President and Can't Resign, Denies Protests in Libya; Pope Exonerates Jews for Death of Jesus

Muammar Gaddafi Says He's Not President and Can't Resign, Denies Protests in Libya; Pope Exonerates Jews for Death of Jesus

• Al Jazeera has reported that Muaamar Gaddafi said he is not a president and so cannot resign, as well as denying that there were any protests in Libya (those people are "terrorists"). Also, he's a warlock with tiger blood and Adonis DNA who should be making $3 million for Two and a Half Men (oops, wrong guy). Meanwhile, pro-government forces moved to recapture a key oil port in eastern Libya early today. [WP, NYT]

Pakistani cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who was the only Christian member of the cabinet and the minister of minorities, was assassinated as he left home on Wednesday to attend a cabinet meeting. "A pamphlet written by a group of Taliban" was found near the scene. [NYT]

President Obama will award the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in a ceremony at the White House today. Honorees include James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Harper Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, and others. [ABC]

• "Celebrity coroner" Dr. Cyril Wecht says that getting stabbed in the heart is "only 'moderately' painful," nothing like "a kidney stone, or a gall stone in the bile duct, or a break in a big bone." He was testifying on behalf of Kenneth Minor, the man allegedly hired by motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker to kill him so the family could collect his insurance money. [NYP]

• A Washington Supreme Court will determine if a person can be fired for medical marijuana use. California and Oregon have already ruled in favor of business in such cases. [CD]

• In the pope's new book, Jesus of Nazareth, he says Jews "as a whole" are not responsible for the death of Jesus. [AP]


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