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8:00 PM ET, March 18, 2011

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Josh Rogin / The Cable:
How Obama turned on a dime toward war  —  At the start of this week, the consensus around Washington was that military action against Libya was not in the cards.  However, in the last several days, the White House completely altered its stance and successfully pushed for the authorization …
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New York Times:
Obama Warns Libya, but Attacks Go On  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama told Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Friday to carry out an immediate cease-fire and stop all attacks on Libyan civilians or face military action from the United States and its allies in Europe and the Arab world.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Imperial President  —  The president's speech was disturbingly empty.  There are, it appears, only two reasons the US is going to war, without any Congressional vote, or any real public debate.  The first is that the US cannot stand idly by while atrocities take place.
Discussion: The New Republic and Gawker
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and will be released Friday, his son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, told Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
The U.N.'s High Stakes Gamble in Libya
JSOnline:
Dane County judge halts collective bargaining law  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Wisconsin Law on Union Bargaining
Discussion: Truthdig
Associated Press:
Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law
Associated Press:
Judge temporarily blocks Wis. union law
Discussion: protein wisdom and CNN
Associated Press:
Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin's New Labor Law
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Daily Mail:
The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people  —  The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears - as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors …
Discussion: Dean's World
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Nick Baumann / MoJo Articles:
GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits  —  Were you raped?  Was it incest?  And other questions the government's tax cops would have to ask women who've terminated pregnancies.  —  Post Comment  —  Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives …
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CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET FOR 2012  —  Letter to the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye  —  ABSTRACT  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), with contributions from the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, has analyzed the President's budget submission for fiscal year 2012.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Obama budget worse than projected on 10-year deficit
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Cubachi
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
War On The Poor: Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash  —  They're not just crazy, they're evil — and un-Christian, should they have the audacity to claim otherwise.  If only we could force them to live like this, they wouldn't last a week: … It may not be right, Angel.
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Answering Mark Levin's Challenge  —  On his Facebook page, Mark Levin takes exception to some of us who have said critical words about Sarah Palin.  —  In his response, Mark groups Karl Rove, David Frum, and me, all of whom served in the Bush administration.
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Mark Levin / Facebook:
Ronald Reagan & George W. Bush
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forgotten Millions  —  More than three years after we entered the worst economic slump since the 1930s, a strange and disturbing thing has happened to our political discourse: Washington has lost interest in the unemployed.  —  Jobs do get mentioned now and then — and a few political figures …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid predicts Gadhafi's days are numbered  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted that Libyan dictator Colonel Moammar Gadhafi would soon be ousted from power.  —  “Gadhafi has lost legitimacy and it is only a matter of time before he is out of power,” Reid said in a statement Friday afternoon.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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Wall Street Journal:
Libya Renews Attacks as Coalition Weighs Response
Discussion: Pajamas Media, ABC News and The Foundry
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Bachmann accuses Weiner of trading in ‘fiction’ on budget.  His retort: 'I don't think you want to go there'  —  There's something about Anthony Weiner that seems to really get under Sean Hannity's skin.  Maybe it's the way he makes both Hannity and his guests look like utter buffoons.
Discussion: LexisNexis
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
Exclusive Interview With Jim Shankman, the Man Behind the Ann Althouse Threat  —  Jim Shankman, the Madison-based author of a now notorious, vile Internet screed directed at blogger Ann Althouse and her husband, returned my call late last night and we spoke for approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
Playboy / PR Newswire:
Helen Thomas is Playboy's April Interview  —  A Candid Conversation with the Disgraced Dean of the White House Press Corps About her Rage against Israel, her Sympathy for Palestinians and Why she was Fired  —  /PRNewswire/ — “I knew exactly what I was doing - I was going for broke.
John Melloy / Fast Money:
US Cost of Living Hits Record, Passing Pre-Crisis High  —  One would think that after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Americans could at least catch a break for a while with deflationary forces keeping the cost of living relatively low.  That's not the case.
Discussion: Wonkette and Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
President ‘Present’  —  Obama dodges the big decisions to keep his approval ratings up.  —  One knock on Barack Obama in the 2008 election was his record as an Illinois state senator, where he repeatedly ducked tough issues by voting “present.”  It seems old habits die hard.
Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Half Would Vote Against Obama  —  Fully half of registered voters say they would definitely or probably vote for a candidate other than President Obama if the presidential election were held today, according to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Support for Gay Marriage Reaches a Milestone  —  More Than Half of Americans Say Gay Marriage Should Be Legal  —  More than half of Americans say it should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry, a first in nearly a decade of polls by ABC News and The Washington Post.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Read's Top 10 Senate takeovers  —  From The NBC Political Unit  —  With the news that DNC Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is “increasingly likely” to run in Virginia and Rep. Dean Heller (R) getting into the Nevada race, we thought we'd bring you another Senate Top 10, our second of the year.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Top Republican Supports No-fly Zone  —  Rep. Rogers says “This Is Going to Be a Long Term Event”  —  After meeting with President Obama at the White House, the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told ABC News that using the U.S. military to enforce a no-fly zone is …
Discussion: CNN
Ed Payne / CNN:
Weekend full moon the biggest in about 20 years  —  (CNN) — If the moon looks a little bit bigger and brighter this weekend, there's a reason for that.  It is.  —  Saturday's full moon will be a super “perigee moon” — the biggest in almost 20 years.  This celestial event is far rarer …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Awl
John / Power Line:
One-Third of a French Fry Short of a Big Mac Meal  —  How can we put the current debate over the federal budget into a tangible perspective that anyone can understand?  This morning I read a post by Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute in which he criticized the Washington Post's characterization …
 
 
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
John Brennan defends civilian trials for terrorists
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Guardian:
Reports of clashes despite Libya ceasefire
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
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John Ellis / Politics:
Obama Nears Appointment Of Eric Schmidt As Commerce Secretary
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Mend The Fed!  —  In the latest issue of Democracy …
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Washington Post reporter named Biden communications director
Discussion: CNN
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gingrich: Healthcare reform will be repealed in 2013
Discussion: CNN
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sixty-four senators call on Obama to take up tax, entitlement reform
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
The Daily Caller:
How to Talk to a First Panicker: 5 Rules
Discussion: L.A. NOW
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalistic irony  —  On Wednesday, the Chairman of the U.S …
Washington Post:
SEC moves to charge Fannie, Freddie execs
Discussion: RedState and The Atlantic Online