NJ Gov. Chris Christie's pants are on fire--he lied about factors used to justify cancelling the NJ-NYC tunnel project; Newt Gingrich slams Fox News for biased coverage--isn't that special?? Also:
--Obamas release tax returns: their federal tax rate for 2011 is 20.5%; that's 6% higher than Romney, 9% below the "Buffet rule"
--Pakistan agrees to re-open roads to permit US supply convoys to Afghanistan, but demands end to drone strikes in return
--6-nation talks with Iran over nuclear issues start in Istanbul this weekend
--Syria was generally quiet Thursday, but government is not honoring all terms of cease-fire brokered by UN
--Gunter Grass takes heat in Germany for poem that criticized Israel
--corporate whistleblowers are often treated as badly as government whistlblowers, reforms needed