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1:15 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
New York Times:
Allies in Libya Airspace to Stop Assaults  —  PARIS — American, European and Arab leaders began the largest international military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq on Saturday, in an effort to stop Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's war on the Libyan opposition.
CNN:
French fighter jets deployed over Libya  —  Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — French fighters jets soared over Libya on Saturday to counter Moammar Gadhafi's military forces who were intent on destroying the opposition as they pushed into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   A feminist milestone: Our male President has been pulled into war by 3 women.
Washington Post:
Gaddafi's forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action against Libya
Discussion: BBC and National Review
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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New York Times:
Japan Finds Contaminated Food Up to 90 Miles From Nuclear Sites  —  TOKYO — The government said Saturday that it had found higher than normal levels of radioactive materials in spinach and milk at farms up to 90 miles away from the ravaged nuclear power plants, the first confirmation …
Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Warren Christopher, Ex-Secretary of State, Dies at 85  —  Warren M. Christopher, secretary of state in President Clinton's first term and the chief negotiator for the 1981 release of American hostages in Iran, died Friday night in Los Angeles.  He was 85 and had been ill with kidney and bladder cancer.
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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
CNN:
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher dies
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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.
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.
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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