The Mix: Libya Escalation, Budget Gridlock, Nuclear Meltdown

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

Some weeks feel like they build and build, with major stories piling on top each other into a news crescendo by Friday afternoon. That was this week. The strife in Libya led to heated discussion among the international community, with the UN approving a no-fly resolution on Thursday evening. President Obama issued a strongly worded statement on Friday, and while he vowed that the US would not be putting troops on the ground, other countries were leading the way into confrontation, most notably UK and Prime Minister David Cameron. And while the international community is taking a stand with Libya, lawmakers here in the US are taking a stand on the budgetIndiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence, for instance, was one of 54 to break with the GOP and not vote for a budget extension. Also voting "no", but for very different reasons, was NY Democrat Yvette Clarke. And while Clarke is concerned with health programs in her district, the Japanese are still struggling with the health effects of the continuing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Concerns over the radioactive plume spreading to the West Coast of the United States prompted deputy U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman to take to the air waves. Around the country, lawmakers began to debate the future of nuclear energy, with Senators Joe Lieberman and Mitch McConnell taking different views. Also watching from the US, but with a much more personal connection, was Yoko Ono, who told The Takeaway that Japan has rebuilt many times before, and that it will rise once again. Here's hoping.