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7:25 AM ET, March 18, 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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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Day after saying no second term, a big win for Hillary Clinton  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's revelation that she won't be staying on if there is a second Obama term may have been news to those who don't know her, but did not surprise her friends, who say she's spending an increasing amount …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
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.
BBC:
UN backs action against Gaddafi  —  Thousands in Benghazi celebrate the UN's Libya vote  —  The UN Security Council has backed a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” short of an invasion “to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas”.  —  In New York, the 15-member body voted 10 …
Wall Street Journal:
Egypt Said to Arm Libya Rebels  —  CAIRO—Egypt's military has begun shipping arms over the border to Libyan rebels with Washington's knowledge, U.S. and Libyan rebel officials said.  —  The shipments—mostly small arms such as assault rifles and ammunition—appear to be the first confirmed case …
Reuters:
U.N. okays military action on Libya  —  (Reuters) - The United Nations authorised military action to curb Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, hours after he threatened to storm the rebel bastion of Benghazi overnight, showing “no mercy, no pity.”  —  “We will come, zenga, zenga.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton: No-fly zone would lead to bombing
Joshua Hersh / The Daily:
Obama's indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Range of Strikes on Libya at U.N.
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 …
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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: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP must give in on Planned Parenthood to get spending deal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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?
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JSOnline:
Kapanke hit by property damage  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  The office of Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) said the senator has been subjected to damage of personal property and has received threatening statements in the wake of mass protests in recent weeks over Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.
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John Nolte / Big Government:   20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin: When Will Obama, Democrats, and MSM Call for Civility?
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 …
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.
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.
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Eight Out of Ten Illegal Aliens Apprehended in 2010 Never Prosecuted, Says Border Congressman  —  Washington (CNSNews.com) - An illegal alien apprehended by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency during the last fiscal year had an estimated 84 percent chance of never being prosecuted …
Discussion: Doug Ross and The Right Sphere
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Tim Pawlenty Hires Video Prodigy Lucas Baiano To Spice Up Image … WASHINGTON — Tim Pawlenty is smart, articulate and has a strong conservative record.  He's a super-nice fellow, supporters say, personable and down to earth.  —  But he's also kind of boring.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Other McCain
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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Fox News:
House Votes to Defund National Public Radio
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
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
Sam Kazman / Wall Street Journal:
How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine  —  The top-loading washer continues to disappear, thanks to the usual nanny state suspects.  —  It might not have been the most stylish, but for decades the top-loading laundry machine was the most affordable and dependable.
Discussion: Right Wing News
 
 
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