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5:15 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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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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Fox Nation and protein wisdom
ABCNEWS:
French Fighter Jets Hit First Libyan Targets  —  A French warplane fired on a Libyan military vehicle in eastern Libya today in the first show of force by an international coalition mobilizing to stop Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's attacks on opposition strongholds and enforce a U.N.-backed no-fly zone.
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
msnbc.com:
U.S. launches missile strikes against Libya
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Official Warns That Qaddafi May Lash Out With New Terrorist Attacks
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Salon
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
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.”
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.
 
 
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Rex Murphy / National Post:
When crisis strikes the world, Obama falls silent
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
RNC raises $5.2M but remains $21M in debt
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Lindsey Boerma / Yahoo! News:
GOP 2012 hopefuls line up for Tea Party Summit
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Pamela Paul / New York Times:
Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You  —  NOBODY calls me anymore — and that's just fine.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog:
Weekly Address: American Jobs Through Exports to Latin America
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
In Novels, an Ex-Spy Returns to the Fold
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Marijuana legalization advocates organize to put new measure on California ballot
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