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6:05 PM ET, March 19, 2011

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Fox News:
U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles Against Qaddafi's Air Defenses  —  The U.S. Navy fires the first U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libyan leader's Muammar al-Qaddafi's air defenses Saturday.  —  The Pentagon says 112 missiles have been launched from U.S. and British ships in the Mediterranean, hitting 20 Libyan targets.
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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 …
Laura Kasinof / New York Times:
U.S. Missiles Strike Libyan Air Defense Targets  —  PARIS — American and European forces began a broad campaign of strikes against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Saturday, unleashing warplanes and missiles in the first round of the largest international military intervention …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
A feminist milestone: Our male President has been pulled into war by 3 women.  —  It's the opposite of the Code Pink idea that women bring the peace.  How long have I heard this feminist plaint: If only women had the power, we would have peace, not phallocratic war.  —  But no:
CNN:
French jets streak over Benghazi  —  Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — French fighter 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.  —  “Our air force will oppose …
ABCNEWS:
U.S. Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Hit Targets in Libya  —  Pentagon: 112 Missiles Fired at More Than 20 Targets Inside Libya  —  More than 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles struck over 20 targets inside Libya today in the opening phase of an international military operation the Pentagon said was aimed …
msnbc.com:
Allied forces fire missiles on Libya  —  Below:  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — A coalition of American and European forces launched a military campaign Saturday to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power, bombing Libyan targets by air and sea in the first phase of the largest international military effort since the Iraq war.
BBC:
French military jets over Libya
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
Rex Murphy / National Post:
When crisis strikes the world, Obama falls silent
Discussion: Sense of Events
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Official Warns That Qaddafi May Lash Out With New Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Defying U.N., Gadhafi's forces attack Benghazi
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Washington Post:
Gaddafi's forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action against Libya
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin: I could have brought change in '08  —  Republicans would have been more successful in the 2008 presidential elections if she was at the top of the ticket, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested Saturday.  —  Speaking at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi, Palin was asked …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin rips Obama's energy policy, handling of Middle East  —  During her first foreign trip in 2011, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) slammed President Obama's green energy policy as a “social engineering” project that hurts the U.S. economy.  —  She also accused Obama of “dithering” …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and sisu
indiatoday.intoday.in:
Not yet sure of running for US President in 2012: Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Note and The Gateway Pundit
Guardian:
Japan bans some food sales  —  Discovery comes after Japan banned sales of some food from the area of the Fukushima power plant and engineers battled to cool a overheated reactor  —  The Japanese government has reported that trace amounts of radioactive iodine have been detected in tap water …
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Truthdig
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Matthew Rothschild / The Progressive Magazine Feed:
Wisconsin Teacher in Apparent Suicide, “Distraught” Over Walker's Cuts  —  Jeri-Lynn Betts, an early childhood teacher in the Watertown, Wisconsin, school district, died on March 8 of an apparent suicide.  —  A colleague says she was “very distraught” over Gov. Scott Walker's attacks on public sector workers and public education.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
An Advocate Who Scares Republicans  —  The piñata sat alone at the witness table, facing the members of the House subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit.  —  The Wednesday morning hearing was titled “Oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”
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: The Talking Dog and Gawker
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NPR:   Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher Dies
David Wood / The Huffington Post:
Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect … WASHINGTON — In 2007, when American combat casualties were spiking in the bloodbath of the Iraq War, an 18-year-old laborer traveled from his home in eastern Libya through Egypt and Syria to join an al Qaeda terrorist cell in Iraq.
Discussion: Politics and Hullabaloo
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
U.S., Coalition Attack Libya Air-Defense Systems With ‘Operation Odyssey’  —  U.S. and coalition vessels and aircrafts attacked Libya's air defense systems in the opening phase of “Odyssey Dawn” the international operation to establish a no-fly zone, military officials said today.
 
 
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