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11:25 AM ET, March 20, 2011

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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 …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: McCain: Obama waited too long in Libya  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona was critical of the president's timetable for action in Libya, but said he is confident the American military will succeed.  —  “He (President Obama) waited too long, there is no doubt in my mind about it.
Discussion: National Review
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.
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Official: U.S. fires on Libyan air defenses
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
USA Today:
Obama: U.S. and ‘broad coalition’ are acting against Gadhafi
Discussion: Doug Ross
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.”
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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 …
Charlotte Home / charlotte.fbi.gov:
Defendant Convicted of Minting His Own Currency  —  STATESVILLE, NC—Bernard von NotHaus, 67, was convicted today by a federal jury of making, possessing, and selling his own coins, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
HotAirPundit:
“Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?”  Farrakhan Blasts Obama For Calling For Qaddafi to Step Down (Video)  —  Farrakhan goes on a rant on Chicago radio about Obama calling for Qaddafi to step down, this is from yesterday  —  Louis Farrakhan with radio host Cliff Kelley on WVON-AM 1690 Chicago
Discussion: Don Surber, Althouse and Weasel Zippers
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
At Qaddafi Compound, a Human Shield  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Even as the Allied intervention began, a group of foreign journalists were bused on a rare visit inside Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's compound — a labyrinth of concrete barracks, fortified walls and barbed wire designed to deter potential military coups.
Discussion: Guardian and CNN
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: Donklephant, Instapundit and Eunomia
The Politico:
Liberal Democrats in uproar over Libya action  —  A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Emptywheel:
Newly Released OLC Opinion Reveals How Yoo Relied on Eliminating Fourth Amendment to Wiretap Illegally
Discussion: The Politico and Lawfare
New York Times:
Syrian Police Attack Marchers at Funerals
Discussion: World Threats
Barry Brook / BraveNewClimate:
Fukushima nuclear accident: Saturday 19 March summary
Discussion: Kyodo News and World Nuclear News
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Hamas fires dozens of mortars at Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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
David Wood / The Huffington Post:
Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect