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Pakistan's parliamentary government is under legal assault from the Supreme Court, backed by the military. The country itself is in economic shambles, fighting a bloody conflict with Islamic extremists. With anti-Americanism on the rise, what's in store for the US and withdrawal from Afghanistan? Also, websites go dark to protest proposed anti-piracy legislation. On Reporter's Notebook, as Governor of Michigan, Mitt Romney's father released 12 years of tax returns.  Mitt says he might release one.

Banner image: A Pakistani paramilitary soldier keeps watch outside the Supreme Court building during a high profile corruption case hearing against President Asif Ali Zardari, and by a commission set up to probe the scandal that has become known as 'Memogate' in Islamabad on January 16, 2012. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

Making News Websites Go Dark to Protest Proposed Anti-Piracy Legislation 7 MIN, 25 SEC

Wikipedia isn't available on the Internet today. Neither are several other sites. Google's logo is covered with a black smudge and Craig's List is making users read a message before their searches get underway. It's all about proposed federal laws designed to stop Internet pirates from stealing movies and music and selling them cheaply online. Andrew Lih, Professor of Journalism at USC, is author of The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia.

Andrew Lih, American University (@fuzheado)

Main Topic Pakistan: Political Turmoil in an Unstable Ally 34 MIN, 26 SEC

Rumors of a coup may be premature, but Pakistan's military appears to be using the country's Supreme Court to cause big trouble for the civilian leadership. Charges of past corruption could force both President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani out of office, partly because they've been publicly critical of the army. They've lost public support due to massive energy shortages, a staggering economy and the bloody wars against the Taliban and other extremists. Can democracy survive in an unstable nuclear power where 70 percent of the population is under 30?  What about the US and the war in Afghanistan?  

Declan Walsh, New York Times (@declanwalsh )
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani journalist
Paula Newberg, Georgetown University
Moeed Yusuf, US Institute of Peace

Judging the State

Paula R. Newberg

Reporter's Notebook Cutting the IRS' Budget – and Romney's 15 Percent 8 MIN, 45 SEC

When George Romney was Governor of Michigan he released 12 years of tax returns, saying that was the right thing to do. His son, Mitt, says he might release last year's returns, but not until they're due in April. The Republican presidential hopeful says he's probably paying a rate of 15 percent on his income, since most of it comes from investments. Former New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston now teaches at the Syracuse University Law School and writes a column for Reuters.

David Cay Johnston, Daily Beast / Investipedia / DC Report (@DavidCayJ)

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David Cay Johnston

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