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4:25 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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New York Times:
Allies Open Push in Libya to Block Qaddafi 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.
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:
Discussion: New York Times and Taylor Marsh
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 …
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: Hullabaloo
BBC:
French military jets over Libya  —  Watch: French President Nicolas Sarkozy announces military action against Col Gaddafi's forces in Libya  —  French military jets are preventing forces loyal to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi from attacking the rebel-held city of Benghazi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Defying U.N., Gadhafi's forces attack Benghazi
Guardian:
Military action begins against Libya - live updates
Washington Post:
Gaddafi's forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action against Libya
Discussion: BBC and National Review
Washington Post:
France sends warplanes against Libya after Gaddafi's forces enter Benghazi
New York Times:
Japan Finds Tainted Food Up to 90 Miles From Nuclear Sites  —  TOKYO — As Japan edged forward in its battle to contain the damage at its ravaged nuclear power plants on Saturday, the government said it had found higher than normal levels of radioactivity in spinach and milk at farms …
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Guardian:
Japan bans some food sales
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Truthdig
CNN:
Food from farms near nuclear plant radioactive
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 and CNN
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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 …
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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Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Warren Christopher, Ex-Secretary of State, Dies at 85
CNN:
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher dies
Discussion: New York Magazine
NPR:
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher Dies
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.”
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.
Pamela Paul / New York Times:
Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You  —  NOBODY calls me anymore — and that's just fine.  With the exception of immediate family members, who mostly phone to discuss medical symptoms and arrange child care, and the Roundabout Theater fund-raising team, which takes a diabolical delight in phoning …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
RNC raises $5.2M but remains $21M in debt  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) remains $21 million in debt, even though it raised $5.2 million in February, according to fundraising numbers released Saturday.  —  The committee paid down $1 million on its debt out of $5.3 million total spent …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Rex Murphy / National Post:
When crisis strikes the world, Obama falls silent
Discussion: Sense of Events
Lindsey Boerma / Yahoo! News:
GOP 2012 hopefuls line up for Tea Party Summit
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
theblogprof:
Video of Ed Schultz: If You Support Michigan Governor 'You're Lining Up With the Communist Party'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
Weekly Address: American Jobs Through Exports to Latin America
Discussion: Politics Daily and CNN
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
In Novels, an Ex-Spy Returns to the Fold
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs and Gawker
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
Marijuana legalization advocates organize to put new measure on California ballot
Glynnis MacNicol / Clusterstock:
Ron Paul Mocks GOP Congress For Defunding NPR Instead Of Military
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hit & Run
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