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1:00 PM ET, March 18, 2011

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New York Times:
Libya Calls Cease-Fire After Britain and France Vow Action ‘Soon’  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action and a no-fly zone, Libya executed a remarkable about-face on Friday, saying it would call an “immediate cease-fire …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
‘No-fly’ win for lame-duck 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 of time considering …
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.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Lugar: No-fly zone requires declaration of war
Bloomberg:
Libya Declares Immediate Ceasefire After UN No-Fly Resolution
Discussion: TPMDC
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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WISC-TV:
Judge Issues Restraining Order To Block Collective Bargaining Bill  —  Dane County DA Filed Lawsuit  —  MADISON, Wis. — A Dane County judge has issued a restraining order on Friday to block publication of the state's collective bargaining law.  —  Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Hill and Cubachi
Associated Press:
Judge temporarily blocks Wis. union law  —  Opponents contend the state's open meetings law was violated  —  Below:  —  MADISON, Wisconsin — A judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking Wisconsin's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect.
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.
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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?
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Libya declares cease-fire after UN vote  —  TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya declared an immediate cease-fire and promised to stop military operations Friday in a bid to fend off international military intervention after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to prevent the regime from striking its own people.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Foundry
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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Associated Press:
Haley Barbour's son says he doesn't want father to make a White House run  —  WASHINGTON — The son of potential presidential contender Haley Barbour told a conservative columnist on Thursday that he hopes his father doesn't mount a White House bid.  —  In a personal e-mail to the columnist …
New York Times:
Frantic Repairs Go On at Plant as Japan Raises Severity of Crisis  —  HONG KONG — Japanese engineers battled on Friday to cool spent fuel rods and restore electric power to pumps at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station plant as new challenges seemed to accumulate by the hour …
Washington Post:
SEC moves to charge Fannie, Freddie execs  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is moving toward charging former and current Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives with violations related to the financial crisis, setting up a clash with the housing regulator that oversees the companies, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and RedState
Washington Post:
The NPR video and political dirty tricks  —  James O'Keefe's guerrilla video attack on NPR has led to the resignation of its chief executive and an ethical debate: When are lies justified in pursuit of a political cause?  —  It is now clear that O'Keefe's editing of the raw video …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sixty-four senators call on Obama to take up tax, entitlement reform  —  President Obama came under new pressure Friday to broaden talks about government spending to include tax and entitlement reform.  —  Sixty-four senators — 32 Democrats and 32 Republicans — called for the expanded talks in a letter to Obama.
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
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.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hot Air
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalistic irony  —  On Wednesday, the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, depicted the threat posed by Japanese nuclear reactors as much graver than had been suggested by Japanese officials.  Yesterday, this is how The New York Times described the impact …
Joyce Slocum / The Hill:
OPINION: Cutting off NPR funding means less news, job losses  —  These days, I'm frequently asked, “Can public broadcasting survive without federal funding?”  I understand the reason for the question — we all understand the terrible burden of our national debt — but the real question is …
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
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Republicans split on White House response to Japan's nuclear crisis  —  President Obama's handling of the unfolding nuclear-reactor crisis in Japan is drawing new criticism from Republicans, who argue it exemplifies a hands-off approach that has become typical of the White House.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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The Daily Caller:
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Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
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Discussion: Pundits Blog, The Nation and TPMDC
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
House Dem campaign arm outraises GOP for second month in row
Discussion: CNN
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President heading home next month for party event
Discussion: The Page
Ali Abdullah Saleh / Aljazeera:
Yemen ‘state of emergency’ declared
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 Earlier Items: 
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Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Palin's Successors (Republicans Too) Seek to Dismantle Her Energy Legacy
Discussion: GOP 12
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid trashes House vote to defund NPR, adjourns Senate
Connie Schultz / Plain Dealer:
Anti-teacher climate humbles the conservative husband of a Cleveland educator: Connie Schultz