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10:55 AM ET, March 19, 2011


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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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Imperial President  —  The president's speech was disturbingly empty.  There are, it appears, only two reasons the US is going to war, without any Congressional vote, or any real public debate.  The first is that the US cannot stand idly by while atrocities take place.
Discussion: and Gawker
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.
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Guardian
James O'Keefe /
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
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Hidden Camera Activist James O'Keefe Refuses To Be Taped During Speech
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Salon
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.”
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 …
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.
Daily Mail:
The moment nuclear plant chief WEPT as Japanese finally admit that radiation leak is serious enough to kill people  —  The boss of the company behind the devastated Japanese nuclear reactor today broke down in tears - as his country finally acknowledged the radiation spewing from the over-heating reactors …
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.
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.
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
War On The Poor: Minnesota Republicans Want To Bust Poor People Who Carry Cash  —  They're not just crazy, they're evil — and un-Christian, should they have the audacity to claim otherwise.  If only we could force them to live like this, they wouldn't last a week: … It may not be right, Angel.
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
Shankman Warns of ‘Serious’ WI Actions to Come, Denies Issuing Death Threat  —  The following quotes are taken from my email exchanges with Jim Shankman of Madison, Wisconsin, the individual who has admitted to writing a vicious screed directed at blogger Ann Althouse and her husband, Meade.
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
How Obama turned on a dime toward war  —  At the start of this week, the consensus around Washington was that military action against Libya was not in the cards.  However, in the last several days, the White House completely altered its stance and successfully pushed for the authorization …
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
The U.N.'s High Stakes Gamble in Libya
Kate Sheppard / MoJo Articles:
How Bad Could Japan's Nuclear Crisis Get?  —  As emergency workers begin “last-ditch efforts” to take control of the damaged power station, experts worry that a meltdown is still possible.  —  Post Comment  —  By all accounts, the situation at Japan's troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant appears to be getting worse.
The Daily Caller:
Fairweather media: CNN sends 400 reporters to royal wedding, only 50 sent to Japan  —  CNN alone will have a team of roughly 400 reporters, cameramen and crew assigned to the wedding.  The network has 50 people on the ground working on the breaking news in Japan, plus others scattered in Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is economics a science? (liquidity trap edition)  —  Not yet, apparently:  —  1. If I Google “predictions liquidity trap model,” the first author who comes up is me.  —  2. The second item which comes up is this article, which suggests a test: “A random coefficient estimation procedure …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid predicts Gadhafi's days are numbered  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted that Libyan dictator Colonel Moammar Gadhafi would soon be ousted from power.  —  “Gadhafi has lost legitimacy and it is only a matter of time before he is out of power,” Reid said in a statement Friday afternoon.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Libya Renews Attacks as Coalition Weighs Response
Discussion: Pajamas Media and ABC News
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Libyan Cease-Fire and the Moral Hazard of Intervention
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Top Republican Supports No-fly Zone
Ben Smith / The Politico:
John Brennan defends civilian trials for terrorists
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Washington Post reporter named Biden communications director
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
Obama cancels public speech in Rio square: embassy