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11:15 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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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Michael Moore rips Obama over Libya  —  Anti-war filmmaker Michael Moore tore into President Obama for taking military action in Libya on Saturday.  —  Moore, a frequent critic of President Bush for launching the Iraq War, unleashed a string on tweets comparing the U.S. military's mission …
Discussion: Big Hollywood
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Missiles Strike Libyan Air-Defense Targets  —  The United States Navy destroyer Barry firing a Tomahawk missile from the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday.  The Pentagon said more than 100 missiles were targeted at Libya's air-defense systems.  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — American and European forces began …
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:
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
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Official: U.S. fires on Libyan air defenses
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
msnbc.com:
Allied forces fire missiles on Libya
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and BBC
Times of India:
‘To my Dear Obama, our son’, says Gaddafi, defending attack on rebels
USA Today:
Obama: U.S. and ‘broad coalition’ are acting against Gadhafi
Discussion: Doug Ross
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Inside the White House-Congress meeting on Libya
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Defying U.N., Gadhafi's forces attack Benghazi
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Low-brow: Bill Maher says Sarah Palin is a ‘dumb twat’  —  One might think paying for HBO as a premium cable channel would entitle subscribers to high-quality entertainment selections.  But for an hour Friday night, viewers were treated to a little misogynistic locker room humor with the channel's “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
indiatoday.intoday.in:
Not yet sure of running for US President in 2012: Sarah Palin
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin rips Obama's energy policy, handling of Middle East
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and sisu
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Clarification  —  Many readers have said that the War Powers Act does indeed give the president the legal right to initiate a war without Congressional vote.  Maybe I wasn't clear enough.  I do not doubt that, even though it seems to me that that Act makes a mockery of the separation of powers.
Discussion: Eunomia
Barry Brook / BraveNewClimate:
Fukushima nuclear accident: Saturday 19 March summary  —  Last Saturday the the crisis level at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station was rapidly on the rise.  Hydrogen explosions, cracks in the wetwell torus and fires in a shutdown unit's building — it seemed the sequence of new problems would never end.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
California GOP peeved by proposal to push primary  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Golden State is about as Blue as they come in general elections for president.  But California Republicans still want to influence their own party's nominating process, and they're irked by a Democratic proposal …
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Guardian:
Japan bans some food sales
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Truthdig
CNN:
Food from farms near nuclear plant radioactive
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.”
Agence France Presse:
Bombs dropped near Kadhafi's Tripoli bunker: AFP  —  TRIPOLI (AFP) - Bombs were dropped near the Tripoli headquarters of strongman Moamer Kadhafi early Sunday, prompting barrages of anti-aircraft fire from Libyan forces, an AFP reporter said.  —  The bombs exploded as an aircraft overflew …
 
 
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Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
U.S., Coalition Attack Libya Air-Defense Systems With ‘Operation Odyssey’
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Official Warns That Qaddafi May Lash Out With New Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: Salon
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When crisis strikes the world, Obama falls silent
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