Lunchtime Links: March 26, 2010

President Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev agreed today on a new nuclear arms treaty which would replace the recently expired START pact of 1991. The treaty requires final approval by the Senate and the Russian Parliament.

Federal programs were announced today that would help with loan modification and assistance for homeowners facing foreclosure and who may be deeply “underwater” in their mortgages, owing more than the home’s assessed value.

A leading archbishop and Vatican officials defended the pope on Friday, amid increasing allegations that top members of the church hierarchy protected pedophile priests at the expense of those they abused. While acknowledging that past child abuse and its concealment by the church was “deeply shocking and totally unacceptable,” the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols defended Pope Benedict XVI in an article in London’s Times newspaper.

The new animated film “How to Train Your Dragon” opens today with praise for its animation and storyline.

Butler pulled off the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on Thursday, knocking off West Region top seed Syracuse. The Bulldogs will play Kansas State, which won a double overtime thriller over Xavier, for the right to potentially return home to Indianapolis for next weekend’s Final Four. Kentucky and West Virginia both pulled off double-digit victories to reach the East Region final.

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