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10:40 AM ET, March 18, 2011

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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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Libya Calls Ceasefire After Britain and France Vow Action ‘Soon’  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action and a no-flight zone, Libya executed a remarkable about-face on Friday , saying it would call an “immediate cease-fire …
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.
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.
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
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: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Dealing on Detentions  —  There are a disagreements between Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration on military detentions, but the gulf between Obama and the left is bigger.  —  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon wants to make a deal with the Obama administration on detention policy.
Discussion: Lawfare
Bloomberg:
Libya Declares Immediate Ceasefire After UN No-Fly Resolution  —  Libya said it is ceasing all military action and will start talks with rebels, reacting the day after a United Nations vote cleared the way for strikes against leader Muammar Qaddafi's regime.
Discussion: TPMDC
Washington Post:
Obama to focus on economic issues, repairing relations in Brazil trip  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Shortly after taking office, President Obama declared Brazil's charismatic president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva “the most popular politician on Earth.”  And Lula said he was “a fan” of Obama's.
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Clarion-Ledger:
NAACP files suit over map impasse  —  Move follows state Senate's rejection of House redistricting  —  It appears increasingly likely a court will intervene in legislative redistricting - or, as Sen. John Horhn put it, the process of drawing new House and Senate maps is headed for a “train wreck.”
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
John Nolte / Big Government:
20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin: When Will Obama, Democrats, and MSM Call for Civility?  —  Below, you'll find a compilation of 20 days worth of the death threats, vandalism, and intimidation practiced by pro-union thugs opposed to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill.
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
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
$350,000 Goal Is Set For Re-election Donors  —  WASHINGTON — The top contributors to President Obama's re-election campaign were given an ambitious set of marching orders on Thursday, with an elite group of 450 donors each asked to raise $350,000 this year to help finance what is likely …
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
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.
 
 
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Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Obama's OMB nominee admits proposed 2012 budget does not pay down deficit
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Fox Nation
Guardian:
UN security council resolution 1973 (2011) on Libya - full text
Discussion: Lawfare, Eunomia and Foreign Policy
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Stimulus-backed station honoring Biden overshoots budget
Discussion: The Blaze and The Gateway Pundit
William Yardley / New York Times:
Palin's Successors (Republicans Too) Seek to Dismantle Her Energy Legacy
Discussion: GOP 12
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Tim Pawlenty Hires Video Prodigy Lucas Baiano To Spice Up Image
Discussion: The Other McCain and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Opelka / The Blaze:
MSNBC SAYS GIVE OBAMA A BREAK, AT LEAST HE'S NOT CHURCHILL
Sam Kazman / Wall Street Journal:
How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine
Discussion: Right Wing News
APP.com:
State monitor orders Asbury's Barack Obama School closed
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, CNN and The Blaze
The Note:
Sen. Paul Unveils 5-Year Budget Plan: Eliminates Four Federal Agencies
Discussion: The Foundry, The Hill and Don Surber
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Anthony Weiner Sarcastically Mocks GOP NPR Defunding Bill (VIDEO)