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3:40 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 …
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.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Day after saying no second term, a big win for Hillary 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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
U.N. okays military action on Libya
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton: No-fly zone would lead to bombing
Discussion: BBC, Liberty Pundits Blog and BBC
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks Range of Strikes on Libya at U.N.
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’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appeared on MSNBC last night, where he strongly rejected the idea that Social Security cuts should be on the table during current budget talks.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: GOP must give in on Planned Parenthood to get spending deal
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
During NPR Funding Debate, Rep. Jim McGovern Proposes No Federal Funding Should End Up At Fox News  —  Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would strip all federal funds from NPR.  Conservatives have long targeted NPR because they believe it has a liberal bias …
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BBC:
Cable reaches Japan nuclear plant  —  Engineers at Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have managed to lay a cable to reactor 2, the UN's nuclear watchdog reports.  —  Restoring power should enable engineers to restart the pumps which send coolant over the reactor.
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JSOnline:
Kapanke hit by property damage  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  The office of Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) said the senator has been subjected to damage of personal property and has received threatening statements in the wake of mass protests in recent weeks over Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.
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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?
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Obama on talking the talk
Discussion: The Blaze
Felix Salmon:
The NYT paywall arrives  —  The NYT paywall has arrived: it's going up in Canada today, and then worldwide on March 28.  The most comprehensive source for the gritty details is this FAQ, which does things like explain the difference between an item and a pageview.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan
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 and TPMDC
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Fox News:
House Votes to Defund National Public Radio
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects resolution calling for Afghanistan troop withdrawal  —  The House on Thursday voted down a resolution that would have instructed the Obama administration to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but the measure won more support than a similar resolution did in 2010.
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Politics Daily
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The Note:
Kucinich Demands Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan by End of Year
 
 
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Sam Kazman / Wall Street Journal:
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
On the NRO Libya Editorial, I Respectfully Dissent
The Note:
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Michelle Malkin:
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