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12:10 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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Associated Press:
Libya declares cease-fire after UN vote
Discussion: Hot Air and The Foundry
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reports: Libya declares cease-fire against rebel forces after UN vote
Discussion: The Page and BBC
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.
John Nolte / Big Government:
20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin: When Will Obama, Democrats, and MSM Call for Civility?
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
President heading home next month for party event  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will head back to his hometown next month to headline a Democratic party event.  —  The president will be the main attraction at a Democratic National Committee gathering in Chicago on April 14 …
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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: The Hill, CNN and Neptunus Lex
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
House Dem campaign arm outraises GOP for second month in row  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in February, hauling in $5.2 million for the month and reporting $5.9 million cash on hand.  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee …
Discussion: CNN
Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
In Obama Visit, Brazil's Leader Aims to Mend Fences  —  BRASÍLIA — Two years ago, President Obama energetically reached out in London to shake the hand of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was then the president of Brazil.  “Here's my man, right here,” Mr. Obama said.  “I love this guy.
Discussion: Pundits Blog, The Nation and TPMDC
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
The Daily Caller:
How to Talk to a First Panicker: 5 Rules  —  How Not to Calm People Down: Governments at all levels in the U.S. are trying to reassure Americans that they have nothing to fear from the plume of radiation heading east from Japan across the Pacfic.  I assume the officials and experts are right about this.
Discussion: L.A. NOW
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Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Libya Declares Immediate Ceasefire After UN No-Fly Resolution
Discussion: TPMDC
Joyce Slocum / The Hill:
OPINION: Cutting off NPR funding means less news, job losses
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