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11:55 PM ET, March 17, 2011

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New York Times:
U.N. Approves Airstrikes to Halt Attacks by Qaddafi Forces  —  UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council approved a measure on Thursday authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians from harm at the hands of forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Lugar: No-fly zone requires declaration of war  —  The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee argued against implementing a no-fly zone over Libya on Thursday, and also said that Congress must pass a formal declaration of war if the Obama administration decides to take that step.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Inside classified Hill briefing, administration spells out war plan for Libya  —  Several administration officials held a classified briefing for all senators on Thursday afternoon in the bowels of the Capitol building, leaving lawmakers convinced President Barack Obama is ready to attack Libya …
Joshua Hersh / The Daily:
Obama's indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge  —  Fed up with a president “who can't make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.  —  At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton: No-fly zone would lead to bombing
Discussion: BBC, Liberty Pundits Blog and BBC
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Day after saying no second term, a big win for Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Blogcritics
Washington Post:
U.N. approves ‘all necessary measures,’ including no-fly zone, to protect Libyans
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
During NPR Funding Debate, Rep. Jim McGovern Proposes No Federal Funding Should End Up At Fox News  —  Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would strip all federal funds from NPR.  Conservatives have long targeted NPR because they believe it has a liberal bias …
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid trashes House vote to defund NPR, adjourns Senate  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seized an opportunity Thursday night to criticize a House vote earlier in the day to defund National Public Radio.  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who had come to the floor …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Anthony Weiner Sarcastically Mocks GOP NPR Defunding Bill (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) thinks the House bill to defund NPR is completely ridiculous.  And he thinks the Republicans who rushed it to the floor Thursday are wasting everyone's time.  —  The way he expressed his feelings to the nation?
Pat Garofalo / Wonk Room:
House Budget Chairman Dismisses Social Security Reality: ‘That Just Boggles My Mind’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appeared on MSNBC last night, where he strongly rejected the idea that Social Security cuts should be on the table during current budget talks.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP must give in on Planned Parenthood to get spending deal
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
O'Keefe's Latest NPR Bombshell Instantly Falls Apart  —  Discredited conservative activist James O'Keefe is out with yet another NPR video, and its auteur took to Twitter to tease its SHOCKING REVELATION:  —  Yep, that's the big story, and in his narration to the tape O'Keefe delivers this breaking news …
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tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
Latest James O'Keefe NPR Tape Immediately Proves A Dud
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
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Become a Digital Subscriber starting March 28.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin trails Sheen with independents  —  We've found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few.  But this has to be the worst- independent voters …
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Abu Muqawama / cnas.org:
War  —  I got on a plane in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I spent the morning trying to explain the war in Afghanistan to students and alumni of my high school — how the war started, why we are still there after nine years, how the war has changed since 2008, and where I see the war headed in 2011.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Max Boot / Commentary Magazine:
Qaddafi Can Still Be Ousted, but Only if We Act Now
Connie Schultz / Plain Dealer:
Anti-teacher climate humbles the conservative husband of a Cleveland educator: Connie Schultz  —  It's a question on a lot of parents' minds these days: How do we teach character?  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks was in Cleveland on Monday to talk about his new book, “The Social Animal …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Anna Palmer / Roll Call:
Frustration With Obama Builds  —  President Barack Obama's laissez-faire approach to the ongoing spending debate is winning him few friends on Capitol Hill.  —  Republican and Democratic Members alike are becoming increasingly critical of the president and are demanding the White House immediately step …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama on talking the talk
Discussion: The Blaze
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Union thuggery against Althouse and Meade: “We will hang up wanted posters of you everywhere you like to go.”  —  “We will picket on public property as close to your house as we can every day.  We will harrass the ever loving s**t out of you all the time.  Campus is OCCUPIED.  State street is OCCUPIED.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Never Anger A Man Named Erskine  —  Erskine Bowles has harsh words for the left: … A couple points here.  First, I'm incredibly impressed that the reporter, Damian Paletta, transcribed Bowles' use of the word “dern,” rather than change it to “darn.”  But is it really spelled “dern”?
The Note:
Sen. Paul Unveils 5-Year Budget Plan: Eliminates Four Federal Agencies  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:  —  Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., unveiled today his five-year path to a balanced budget, leaving several federal agencies behind.  Among the items on the cutting room floor are the Departments …
Discussion: The Hill and Don Surber
Michelle Malkin:
Mmm, mmm, mmm: NJ shuts down Barack Obama Elementary School  —  How fitting that a school named after our profligate, post-achievement president is shutting down thanks to fiscal mismanagement and non-achievement.  —  R.I.P., Barack Obama Elementary School (hat tip: reader Peter):
Discussion: APP.com and The Blaze
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
House passes bill to defund NPR  —  In the latest Republican attack on public broadcasting, the House passed a bill Thursday that would block federal funding from reaching NPR.  —  The vote — which passed 228 to 192, with one voting present — came a week after a video sting …
Discussion: The Note and TPMDC
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
House Republicans Pass NPR-Defunding Bill
 
 
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