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11:05 AM ET, March 23, 2011

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Mitt Romney / National Review:
If I Were President: Obamacare, One Year In  —  If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states.  The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return …
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Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and Carey's Heart  —  My daughter probably wouldn't have survived in a system where bureaucrats stifle innovation and ration care.  —  Today is the first anniversary of the greatest single assault on our freedom in my lifetime: the signing of ObamaCare.
Discussion: The New Republic, TPMDC and JSOnline
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Time doesn't change views on health care law  —  (CNN) - One year after President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law, a new national poll indicates that attitudes toward the plan have not budged.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday …
Bruce Josten / The Politico:
Health care law a bad prescription
Discussion: Fox Nation
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The damning contradictions of Obama's attack on Libya  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  Let's imagine that all goes well in Libya.  The rebels, protected by airstrikes, recapture lost territory and sweep into Tripoli.  Moammar Gadhafi and his sons one way or the other disappear.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Barack Obama: Libyan air campaign could last
Discussion: The Greenroom and Reuters
Washington Post:
Allied strikes pummel Libya's air force but do little to stop attacks on civilians
Sheila Marikar / ABCNEWS:
Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79  —  Elizabeth Taylor Dies Following Hospitalization for Congestive Heart Failure  —  Oscar winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died today at Los Angeles, Calif.'s Cedars-Sinai Hospital.  She was 79-years-old.  —  “She was surrounded by her children …
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Todd Leopold / CNN:
Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79  —  “Showbiz Tonight” will be live at 11 a.m. ET with the latest and a look back at the glamorous life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor.  —  (CNN) — Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress famed for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
NOW defends Palin against Maher attack, but says ‘We are on to you, right-wingers’  —  In the wake of Bill Maher's tasteless slur against Sarah Palin Friday night, in which he called the former Alaska governor a “twat,” the National Organization for Woman (NOW) has not only denounced the use …
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Washington Post:
Dana Milbank  —  Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling  —  After two years of being called a tyrant and a dictator, President Obama returns to Washington from a five-day overseas trip to find that he has become a weakling.  —  Would-be opponents such as Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Glenn Beck Contemplates Starting Own Channel  —  The possibility that Glenn Beck will exit the Fox News Channel at the end of the year has prompted a big question in media circles: if he leaves, how will he bring his considerable audience with him?  —  Two of the options Mr. Beck has contemplated …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Detroit Census Confirms a Desertion Like No Other  —  Laying bare the country's most startling example of modern urban collapse, census data on Tuesday showed that Detroit's population had plunged by 25 percent over the last decade.  It was dramatic testimony to the crumbling industrial base of the Midwest …
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says  —  Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Dallas  —  In the UK, Wales has the highest proportion of religiously “non-affiliated”  —  A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Nearly 7 in 10 support air strikes in Libya, CBS News poll finds  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Nearly seven in ten Americans support the use of military air strikes in Libya in order …
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New York Times:
4 Times Journalists Held Captive in Libya Faced Days of Brutality  —  As the four of us headed toward the eastern gate of Ajdabiya, the front line of a desperate rebel stand against the advancing forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, a car pulled up alongside.  —  “They're in the city!” the driver shouted at us.
Jeanette Rundquist / New Jersey Online:
Christie's budget cuts left N.J. schools unable to provide ‘thorough and efficient’ education, judge rules  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie's deep cuts to state school aid last year left New Jersey's schools unable to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to the state's nearly 1.4 …
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Brookings Institute:   Regulating Supreme Court Justices' Ethics—"Cures Worse Than the Disease?"
Haaretz:
Explosion at bus stop in central Jerusalem; 25 reportedly wounded  —  Blast caused by explosive device, not suicide bomber; four people seriously hurt; entrance to the city has been closed, and ambulances and police forces were arriving at the scene.  —  An bomb tied to a telephone poll exploded Wednesday …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Senate to hold hearings on Muslims' rights  —  Just weeks after House Republicans held a hearing looking at the dangers of radical Muslims in the U.S., Senate Democrats are countering with a hearing of their own, scheduled for after Congress returns from a 10-day vacation, to examine Muslims' civil rights.
truth-out.org:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program  —  Dr. Bruce Jessen's handwritten notes describe some of the torture techniques that were used to “exploit” “war on terror” detainees in custody of the CIA and Department of Defense.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Flake rejects comprehensive immigration fix  —  For years, Rep. Jeff Flake was one of the most reliable Republican champions for comprehensive immigration reform.  —  Not anymore.  —  As his campaign for Arizona's 2012 GOP Senate nomination revs up, Flake is explicitly rejecting …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
13 Illegal Immigrants Arrested in California Wearing U.S. Marine Uniforms  —  Border Patrol agents recently arrested 13 illegal immigrants disguised as U.S. Marines and riding in a fake military van, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.  —  The illegal immigrants were clad …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
CITIZEN JOURNALIST CONFRONTS McCASKILL - Air Claire Takes Flight (Video)  —  Taxes Are For the Little People.  —  Yesterday, we learned that Claire McCaskill failed to pay over $280,000 on her private plane.  —  Today we found out more...  Claire McCaskill registered her plane in Delaware, where no taxes are imposed.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Fight of the Valkyries  —  They are called the Amazon Warriors, the Lady Hawks, the Valkyries, the Durgas.  —  There is something positively mythological about a group of strong women swooping down to shake the president out of his delicate sensibilities and show him the way to war.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Fox News:
U.S. Role in Libya Already Costs Hundreds of Millions  —  The cost of the American and European assault on Libya already easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars, and has the potential to rise significantly if the operation drags on for weeks or months.  —  Coalition efforts …
Discussion: The Agonist and The Reaction
 
 
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Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
GOP Leaders Agree To Meet With Dems To Discuss Bill For Long-Term Unemployed
David Catanese / The Politico:
GOP leads Senate recruitment battle
Wall Street Journal:
Unhappy Anniversary  —  ObamaCare's cost jumps 8.6%.
Equality Matters:
Investigation Reveals Depth of Chick-Fil-A's Ties to Anti-Gay Causes
Discussion: Wonk Room and Joe. My. God.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Donald Trump to headline GOP dinner in Iowa
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Report faults Army in 2001 anthrax mailings
Discussion: The Politico
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Ginni Thomas joins The Daily Caller
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 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
In search of the ‘Obama doctrine’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Pirate's Cove
Wall Street Journal:
Japan Ignored Warning of Nuclear Vulnerability
Discussion: MyFox Detroit
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Where are the health care all-stars?
Discussion: The Foundry and The Page
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The case for Tim Pawlenty
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and National Review
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Congressional Battleground 2012  —  A new survey by Democracy Corps …
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake