Morning Report: 2010-04-01

Dreams Into Lightning is pleased to announce that reports of the Site Owner's death have been greatly exaggerated; it's probably a conspiracy by the Mainstream Media. In any case, here is a snapshot of some of the events we're following this morning.

The answer is, nobody knows. The Belmont Club has the latest analysis on the economy. Meanwhile, Massachusetts has a new commission new commission to study wasteful commissions.

Report: US fires Trident from Saudi waters. Debka: 'The US test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic Trident missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads from Saudi territory during a joint military exercise last week, a Western military official reported late Wednesday, March 31. Debkafile's military sources report this was the first time in Middle East military history that a nuclear-capable missile was fired from the oil kingdom toward the Persian Gulf and Iranian shores. It came in response to Saudi and Gulf Arab concerns over America's failure to halt Iran's evolving nuclear weapon program. ...' Arutz Sheva reports that the US had denied the missile test.

Third terror attack in Russia. Arutz Sheva: 'Two people were killed and a third was critically wounded Thursday morning in the third suicide bombing attack in less than a week in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, located in the northern Caucasus, close to Chechnya. ...'

California Republicans eye Boxer's seat. California's Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, will be challenged by one of three Republicans this fall. It's between former HP chair Carly Fiorina, former Congressman Tom Campbell, and state assemblyman Chuck DeVore. The AP's Kevin Freking reports that the gay marriage issue may play a significant role in this campaign; Campbell, alone of the three candidates, supports same-sex marriage. 'A business professor who holds a doctorate in economics, Campbell is the kind of middle-of-the-road Republican who would be likely to give Boxer a tough challenge as she seeks a fourth term in the Senate. But his opposition to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that enshrined a ban on gay marriage in the California Constitution, has made him a target of the social conservatives who dominate the ranks of the state GOP.' Fiorina and DeVore are profiled here on Fox; the Bay Area Reporter has an article on Campbell. The BAR says of Campbell:
His neck-and-neck tie with Fiorina is all the more remarkable considering Campbell supports marriage equality and was a vocal opponent against Proposition 8, the measure voters passed in 2008 that overturned the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Should he be nominated by GOP voters in the June 8 primary, it would mark the first time that Republicans have backed a pro-same-sex marriage candidate who is truly competitive in a statewide race.

Commentary. I'd like to write more, but I've got to go; I have a little two-and-a-half-year-old girl who is fascinated by the Hebrew alphabet and wants me to show her the letters. My 14-year-old is in New York with his mom's family. Happy Passover if you're celebrating, and enjoy those maccaroons.