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9:35 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
U.N. okays military action on Libya
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton: No-fly zone would lead to bombing
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’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP must give in on Planned Parenthood to get spending deal
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
House passes bill to defund NPR
Discussion: The Note, TPMDC and The Caucus
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democrats argue party failing to humanize cuts, losing message war  —  A growing chorus of Democratic loyalists argue their party is losing the messaging battle over spending by failing to put a human face on cuts proposed by the GOP.  —  Instead of shining the spotlight on the programs slashed …
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.
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 …
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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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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Stimulus-backed station honoring Biden overshoots budget  —  As a thank-you to its most famous customer, Amtrak is renaming the train station in Wilmington, Del. after stimulus “sheriff” Vice President Joseph R. Biden — after the project received $20 million in stimulus money, and came in $5.7 million over the initial announced budget.
Discussion: The Blaze and The Gateway Pundit
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Union equates lavish benefits to black civil rights  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  “Madison is just the beginning!”  AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka told a union rally in Annapolis on Monday.  “Like that old song goes, 'You ain't seen n-n-n-n-nothing yet!' ”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
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 …
Discussion: Neptunus Lex
 
 
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