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9:10 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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Guardian:
Libya crisis: Britain, France and US prepare for air strikes against Gaddafi  —  UN security council expected to pass resolution calling for states to protect Libyan civilians as Gaddafi threatens counterattack  —  British, French and US military aircraft are preparing to defend …
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.
Washington Post:
U.N. approves ‘all necessary measures,’ including no-fly zone, to protect Libyans
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton: No-fly zone would lead to bombing
Discussion: BBC and BBC
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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?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP CUTS OFF NPR.... Following an emergency session …
Discussion: The Caucus, CNN, Hot Air and Eschaton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House approves GOP bill to defund NPR
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 …
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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James Poniewozik / Time:
NPR Sting: Edited Video Makes Schiller, O'Keefe Look Bad  —  On March 9, the list of radio jobs lost to video got a little longer.  NPR, under siege by conservatives who want to zero out public-media funding, ousted its CEO after a video sting by a group run by conservative provocateur James O'Keefe.
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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New York Times:
Become a Digital Subscriber starting March 28.
Felix Salmon:
The NYT paywall arrives
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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”?
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:   Bowles Predicts Support for Deficit Deal
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: The Blaze
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APP.com:
State monitor orders Asbury's Barack Obama School closed
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump torches GOP presidential field  —  Businessman Donald Trump took shots at the field of potential Republican presidential candidates and also fired one at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as he contemplates a 2012 bid.  —  Trump said he could put up as much as $600 billion …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP must give in on Planned Parenthood to get spending deal
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint won't back Romney without repudiation of Mass. health law  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) “would never consider” endorsing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president again in 2012 unless Romney repudiates the health reforms he sought as governor, a source close to DeMint said Thursday.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Mitt's backers: ‘RomneyCare’ overblown
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.
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
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 …
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble  —  It's a universal truth that dogs are man's best friend, but they're pretty darn loyal to their own as well.  Case in point: this tear-inducing video, via the website Jezebel, showing a dog, shivering and disoriented …
Charlie Langton / MyFOX Detroit:
Two Charged in Tea Party Election Fraud  —  Men were officials in Oakland Co. Democratic Party  —  PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) - Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November's ballot.
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, TalkLeft and TPMDC
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
On the NRO Libya Editorial, I Respectfully Dissent  —  I respectfully dissent from Wendesday's NRO editorial, which urges that the United States go to war with Libya.  —  The editorial doesn't put it that way.  Indeed, it doesn't call for President Obama to seek a congressional declaration of war …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Ross Douthat
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
US military spies on social media  —  Military's ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda  —  Jeff Jarvis: Washington shows the morals of a clumsy spammer  —  The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites …
 
 
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Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
SEIU leader blasts administration on immigration enforcement
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Mike Opelka / The Blaze:
MSNBC SAYS GIVE OBAMA A BREAK, AT LEAST HE'S NOT CHURCHILL
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Big Government
Sam Kazman / Wall Street Journal:
How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects resolution calling for Afghanistan troop withdrawal
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
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Discussion: ProPublica and AmSpecBlog
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Discussion: Gallup
Julie Bolcer / Advocate:
Irish Minister Criticizes NYC St. Pat's Parade
Discussion: Yglesias
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Trump says he has doubts about Obama's birth place