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12:20 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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Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Warren Christopher, Ex-Secretary of State, Dies at 85  —  Warren M. Christopher, secretary of state in President Clinton's first term and the chief negotiator for the 1981 release of American hostages in Iran, died Friday night in Los Angeles.  He was 85 and had been ill with kidney and bladder cancer.
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CNN:
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher dies  —  Washington (CNN) — Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher died Friday from complications of kidney and bladder cancer, his family said.  He was 85.  —  As America's chief diplomat for four years during President Bill Clinton's administration …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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: Gawker
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
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CNN:
French fighter jets deployed over Libya  —  Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — French fighters 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.
Washington Post:
Gaddafi's forces enter Benghazi as U.S., allies prepare military action against Libya  —  Gallery: A mass exodus from Libya: Escaping fighting in Libya, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt and other countries are fleeing to bordering Tunisia, which faces a humanitarian emergency.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid predicts Gadhafi's days are numbered
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Japan Confirms High Radiation in Spinach and Milk Near Nuclear Plant  —  TOKYO — The government said on Saturday that they had found levels of radioactive materials above safe limits in spinach and milk in Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures, the first confirmation by officials …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Boing Boing and Kyodo News
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CNN:
Nuclear plant's power restoration closer
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.
Yahoo! News:
‘Supermoon’ Rises: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday Night  —  Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a “supermoon.”
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NASA Science:
Super Full Moon
Discussion: Making Light
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
At campaign event Biden mentions rape in criticizing Republicans  —  Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a fundraiser in Philadelphia Friday, compared Republicans in Congress to people who excuse rapists by blaming their victims.  —  The vice president, known for speaking his mind …
Eve Zibel / Fox News:
President Obama Set to Take Questions but Brazilian President is Not  —  When does an event where the president is supposed to take questions become an event with no questions?  In Brasilia, Brazil.  —  President Obama arrived in the capital city of Brazil on Saturday morning …
Associated Press:
Giuliani mocks Obama as foreign policy weakling … MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose drive-by approach to campaigning in New Hampshire drove his 2008 presidential campaign into the ground, is setting the stage for a do-over.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Takedown: Ed Schultz Destroys Fox News' “No Looting in Japan” Theme  —  Boy, am I glad Ed Schultz dealt with this.  It's been a Fox theme since yesterday, beginning on Megyn Kelly's show and continuing on all the way through tonight's O'Reilly Factor.  It goes like this: Unlike here after Katrina …
Discussion: The Mahablog
James O'Keefe / APP.com:
Hidden-camera activist James O'Keefe turns away APP videographer  —  have made headlines, apparently was not thrilled about the idea of being videotaped himself during a speech he gave Thursday evening.  —  O'Keefe, who spoke to about 100 members of the Bayshore Tea Party and their supporters …
Discussion: FreakOutNation
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Hidden Camera Activist James O'Keefe Refuses To Be Taped During Speech
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET FOR 2012  —  Letter to the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye  —  ABSTRACT  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), with contributions from the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, has analyzed the President's budget submission for fiscal year 2012.
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