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2:35 AM ET, March 19, 2011

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Josh Rogin / The Cable:
How Obama turned on a dime toward war  —  At the start of this week, the consensus around Washington was that military action against Libya was not in the cards.  However, in the last several days, the White House completely altered its stance and successfully pushed for the authorization …
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Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
The U.N.'s High Stakes Gamble in Libya
JSOnline:
Dane County judge halts collective bargaining law  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Judge's Order Blocks Law on Unions in Wisconsin
Associated Press:
Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Imperial President  —  The president's speech was disturbingly empty.  There are, it appears, only two reasons the US is going to war, without any Congressional vote, or any real public debate.  The first is that the US cannot stand idly by while atrocities take place.
Discussion: Gawker
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Libya Question is Only About Libya  —  There's an argument against intervention in Libya that I keep seeing over and over.  Here, for instance, is Andrew Sullivan: … And here's Ezra Klein: … Why intervene in Libya and not elsewhere is a question that needs to be asked.
Daily Mail:
The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people  —  The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears - as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
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 and at times putting …
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  —  Conservative activist James O'Keefe, who has gained notoriety for his hidden-camera stings of NPR executives, ACORN employees, teacher unions, and CNN reporters, gave a speech to a New Jersey Tea Party group today.
Discussion: Salon and The Political Carnival
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET FOR 2012  —  Letter to the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye  —  ABSTRACT  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), with contributions from the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, has analyzed the President's budget submission for fiscal year 2012.
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David Shribman / Associated Press:   CBO: Obama understates deficits by $2.3 trillion
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 Daily Dish
Yahoo! News:
‘Supermoon’ Rises: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday Night  —  Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a “supermoon.”
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
War On The Poor: Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash  —  They're not just crazy, they're evil — and un-Christian, should they have the audacity to claim otherwise.  If only we could force them to live like this, they wouldn't last a week: … It may not be right, Angel.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Qaddafi Son Says Libya Will Release 4 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, the Libyan leader's son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi told Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview early Friday.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid predicts Gadhafi's days are numbered
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Libya Renews Attacks as Coalition Weighs Response
Discussion: Pajamas Media, ABC News and The Foundry
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 …
The Daily Caller:
Fairweather media: CNN sends 400 reporters to royal wedding, only 50 sent to Japan  —  CNN alone will have a team of roughly 400 reporters, cameramen and crew assigned to the wedding.  The network has 50 people on the ground working on the breaking news in Japan, plus others scattered in Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Patterico's Pontifications:
The Greatest Blog Post Ever Written?  —  That might be hyperbole . . . but then again, it might not. … Who is saying these things?  It is Lee Stranahan at the Huffington Post, a lefty for whom I have never had anything but the utmost respect.  So much so that, when he was looking …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Biased BBC
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is economics a science? (liquidity trap edition)  —  Not yet, apparently:  —  1. If I Google “predictions liquidity trap model,” the first author who comes up is me.  —  2. The second item which comes up is this article, which suggests a test: “A random coefficient estimation procedure …
Kate Sheppard / MoJo Articles:
How Bad Could Japan's Nuclear Crisis Get?  —  As emergency workers begin “last-ditch efforts” to take control of the damaged power station, experts worry that a meltdown is still possible.  —  Post Comment  —  By all accounts, the situation at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant appears to be getting worse.
John Melloy / Fast Money:
US Cost of Living Hits Record, Passing Pre-Crisis High  —  One would think that after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Americans could at least catch a break for a while with deflationary forces keeping the cost of living relatively low.  That's not the case.
Discussion: Wonkette and Pajamas Media
David Brooks:
Form and Follow-Through  —  Today we rise up in defense of traditional values.  For example, is it a good idea to have sex with somebody on the first date?  Probably not.  In the Journal of Family Psychology, Dean Busby, Jason Carroll and Brian Willoughby studied the effect of sexual timing on later marriage relationships.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Top Republican Supports No-fly Zone  —  Rep. Rogers says “This Is Going to Be a Long Term Event”  —  After meeting with President Obama at the White House, the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told ABC News that using the U.S. military to enforce a no-fly zone is …
Discussion: CNN
Eric Dash / DealBook:
With Fed Consent, Banks Raise Dividends and Buy Back Stock  —  Updated  —  For long-suffering bank investors, the wait is over.  —  After securing the Federal Reserve's blessing, a series of financial giants rushed to raise their dividends and buy back stock on Friday …
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario
BREITBART.COM:
Obama cancels public speech in Rio square: embassy  —  President Barack Obama has cancelled a public speech he was scheduled to deliver Sunday in a Rio square during his upcoming visit to Brazil, the US embassy in Brasilia said.  —  The speech in the historic plaza known as Cinelandia …
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Read's Top 10 Senate takeovers  —  From The NBC Political Unit  —  With the news that DNC Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is “increasingly likely” to run in Virginia and Rep. Dean Heller (R) getting into the Nevada race, we thought we'd bring you another Senate Top 10, our second of the year.
 
 
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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Guardian:
Reports of clashes despite Libya ceasefire
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Eliot Spitzer's TV Days
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Study Undercuts View of College as a Place of Same-Sex Experimentation
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Mark Levin / Facebook:
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Washington Post reporter named Biden communications director
Discussion: CNN
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Bachmann accuses Weiner of trading in ‘fiction’ on budget.  His retort: 'I don't think you want to go there'