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12:40 PM ET, March 19, 2011

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New York Times:
Obama Takes Hard Line With Libya After Shift by Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — In a Paris hotel room on Tuesday night, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself juggling the inconsistencies of American foreign policy in a turbulent Middle East.  She criticized the foreign minister …
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Times of India:
‘To my Dear Obama, our son’, says Gaddafi, defending attack on rebels  —  CAIRO: Calling Barack Obama as “our son”, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent a message to the US President defending his decision to attack the rebels fighting to overthrow him.  —  Gaddafi (68) also wrote a letter …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
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Washington Post:
Gaddafi's forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action against Libya  —  Gallery: A mass exodus from Libya: Escaping fighting in Libya, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt and other countries are fleeing to bordering Tunisia, which faces a humanitarian emergency.
CNN:
French fighter jets deployed over Libya
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid predicts Gadhafi's days are numbered
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Nuclear plant's power restoration closer  —  Tokyo (CNN) — Efforts accelerated Saturday to restore power to nuclear reactors' cooling systems at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, with government and power company officials citing a need to increase the limit of permissible radiation exposure …
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CNN:
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher dies  —  Washington (CNN) — Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher died Friday from complications of kidney and bladder cancer, his family said.  He was 85.  —  As America's chief diplomat for four years during President Bill Clinton's administration …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Warren Christopher, 1925-2011  —  Let me break into the sequence of guest voices here to express sadness at news that Warren Christopher has just died, at age 85.  —  He is best known as the first Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration, and his public image was of a very careful, even colorless person.
Discussion: Gawker
Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Warren Christopher, Ex-Secretary of State, Dies at 85
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
DOJ to white male bullying victims: Tough luck  —  The viral video sensation showing a bullying incident at an Australian school has brought the issue of bullying back into the spotlight.  Here in the United States, the Obama administration has made school bullying a federal issue.
NASA Science:
Super Full Moon  —  March 16, 2011: Mark your calendar.  On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset.  It's a super “perigee moon”—the biggest in almost 20 years.  —  “The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,” …
Discussion: Making Light
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Yahoo! News:
‘Supermoon’ Rises: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday Night
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
At campaign event Biden mentions rape in criticizing Republicans  —  Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, compared Republicans in Congress to people who excuse rapists by blaming their victims.  —  The vice president, known for speaking his mind …
Associated Press:
Giuliani mocks Obama as foreign policy weakling … MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose drive-by approach to campaigning in New Hampshire drove his 2008 presidential campaign into the ground, is setting the stage for a do-over.
Eve Zibel / Fox News:
President Obama Set to Take Questions but Brazilian President is Not  —  When does an event where the president is supposed to take questions become an event with no questions?  In Brasilia, Brazil.  —  President Obama arrived in the capital city of Brazil on Saturday morning …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Takedown: Ed Schultz Destroys Fox News' “No Looting in Japan” Theme  —  Boy, am I glad Ed Schultz dealt with this.  It's been a Fox theme since yesterday, beginning on Megyn Kelly's show and continuing on all the way through tonight's O'Reilly Factor.  It goes like this: Unlike here after Katrina …
Discussion: The Mahablog
James O'Keefe / APP.com:
Hidden-camera activist James O'Keefe turns away APP videographer  —  have made headlines, apparently was not thrilled about the idea of being videotaped himself during a speech he gave Thursday evening.  —  O'Keefe, who spoke to about 100 members of the Bayshore Tea Party and their supporters …
Discussion: FreakOutNation
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Hidden Camera Activist James O'Keefe Refuses To Be Taped During Speech
 
 
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