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• The knives are out for Liberal leadership frontrunner Justin Trudeau now that contenders have kicked off a debate in Mississauga, Ont. Trudeau, who has raised more money than all the other candidates combined, is expected to be the main target throughout the third debate in the race. There will be five debates in total before a new leader is named on April 14. Trudeau’s main challenger, former astronaut Marc Garneau, attacked the Quebec MP for being more sizzle than substance in the first question of the debate.
• Justin Trudeau accused of being too privileged to understand middle-class problems in Liberal debate: The remark comes amid some buzz about Trudeau’s finances after an Ottawa newspaper this week obtained documents from Trudeau showing he has raked in big money on speaking tours while his inheritance sits at $1.2 million. In the debate, Trudeau acknowledged his privileged background, but said all that matters is his commitment to Canadians. “What is important for me is to put everything that I’ve received — like each of us wants to — in service of my community,” Trudeau said to a loud cheer.
In other news
• A tank storing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is leaking liquids to the tune of 150 to 300 gallons per year, the governor said Friday. “This is an extremely toxic substance, and we have to have a zero-tolerance policy for leaks of radioactive material into the ground and potentially groundwater of the state of Washington,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. He stressed that the leak poses no immediate public heath risk but said that fact should not be an excuse for complacence.
• Most Terrorist Plots in the US Aren’t Invented by Al Qaeda — They’re Manufactured by the FBI: In the ten years following 9/11, the FBI and the Justice Department convicted more than 150 people following sting operations, though few had any connection to real terrorists.
• Wisconsin Republicans: Forcing Women To Undergo Transvaginal Ultrasounds Is Our ‘Priority’: At the Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Conference this week, the state’s top Republican lawmakers assured attendees that they will do everything in their power to enact a forced ultrasound bill, which would mandate an invasive transvaginal probe for some women seeking first-trimester abortions. “This bill is a priority,” Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) said. “It is long overdue.” No matter how Wisconsin’s anti-choice activists attempt to construe their motives, the insidious implications of their ultrasound bill are clear. “It is not up to the men, or the women for that matter, in the Legislature to be telling doctors they must do certain things…especially uncomfortable, invasive procedures before a woman can undergo a legal procedure,” Taylor told the Capital Times. “People should be outraged that this is how lawmakers are spending their time.”
• “THE NRA DOESN’T SPEAK FOR ME” – 30 Second National Ad – Gun owner Jerry Thompson of Ohio has a message for Congress: The NRA Doesn’t Speak for Me. Stop taking their money.