Debate amid street battles...No more room for compromise...Political attacks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers are debating new austerity measures while anarchists are battling police in the streets of Athens. The legislation before Parliament is needed to secure another bailout from international lenders and avoid bankruptcy. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the square outside Parliament, but many fled when anarchists began throwing rocks and firebombs at police.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there's no more room for compromise on a provision of the president's health care law about birth control coverage. The administration has revised the rule to let religious-affiliated organizations decline to provide the coverage, but allow the employees to get free contraceptives through their health insurer. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the compromise isn't good enough. McConnell tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that he'll push for a bill to exempt any organization that has moral objections to the requirement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After getting back in the win column yesterday in Maine's caucuses, Mitt Romney again is on the receiving end of attacks from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Rick Santorum says Romney is resorting to "desperate" measures by painting him as a Washington insider. Meanwhile, Ron Paul tells CBS' "Face the Nation" there's virtually no difference between Santorum, Romney and Newt Gingrich. Paul says they all represent "the status quo."
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The top U.S. Navy officer in the Persian Gulf says he takes Iran's military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region. Vice Adm. Mark Fox tells reporters at the 5th Fleet's headquarters in Bahrain that the Navy has "built a wide range of potential options to give the president" and is "ready today" to confront hostile action by Tehran.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Vow" is the biggest draw at the movies this weekend. The romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum has earned nearly $42 million to beat a pair of action films and the first 3-D "Star Wars" reissue. "Safe House" comes in at a close second, while "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" is third and the 3-D version of "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" opens at No. 4.