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3:45 PM ET, March 20, 2011

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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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
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.
Don Surber:
Lefties react to Libya  —  I have all along wished for Barack Obama's success because I knew the only way for him to be a successful president would be to adopt the policies of President Bush.  —  So this silliness about civilian trials for combatants and for closing Gitmo or pulling out of Iraq …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Michael Moore rips Obama over Libya
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Clarification  —  Many readers have said that the War Powers …
Discussion: Instapundit, Donklephant and Eunomia
Associated Press:
Arab League criticizes allied airstrikes on Libya  —  CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.  —  The Arab League's support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya.
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Latme / Babylon & Beyond:
LIBYA: Arab League head criticizes airstrikes as Western forces impose no-fly zone  —  A coordinated attack by Western forces targeting Libyan air capabilities and armor appears to have succeeded in damaging Libyan military installations and armor, but Arab support for the no-fly zone may be waning.
Washington Post:
Arab League condemns broad bombing campaign in Libya
Discussion: The Hill
JSOnline:
Supreme Court tensions boil over  —  Prosser says he was goaded into insulting chief justice  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - As the deeply divided state Supreme Court wrestled over whether to force one member off criminal cases last year, Justice David Prosser exploded …
Jane M. Von Bergen / Philly.com:
Unemployed facing new obstacle  —  Some do not want to hire the out-of-work, fearing they were let go because they were lousy workers.  —  The job, posted on Indeed.com, seemed promising - an opening in Texas for a quality engineer with experience in dimensional gauging and benchtop test equipment, offering up to $62,000 a year.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  ‘Unique capabilities’ mean virtually all-American war in Libya  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  With President Obama making only brief remarks during his trip to Latin America, most of what we know about the beginning of the war …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Chris Lawrence / CNN:   Official: U.S. fires on Libyan air defenses
Matthew Lee / Arab News:
Clinton warns Iran against meddling in Gulf  —  PARIS: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Iran on Saturday to stop meddling in Bahrain and other Arab states in the Gulf, but also called on the kingdom's leaders not to use force against anti-government protesters.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
PCC investigates Melanie Phillips' Spectator blog  —  Blogpost on media coverage of murder of Israeli family on West Bank referred to the ‘moral depravity’ of Arab ‘savages’  —  Melanie Phillips' Spectator blogpost titled ‘Armchair barbarism’ prompted complaints to the PCC.  Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Saif Gadhafi ‘Surprised’ by Coalition Attack, Says Americans Supporting Terrorists  —  ‘There Is a Big Misunderstanding,’ Saif Gadhafi Tells ABC News' Christiane Amanpour  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, Saif Gadhafi …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Lugar sees Libya attack as dangerous  —  Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) warned on Sunday that the U.S. is starting a treacherous descent down a slippery slope of international diplomacy by getting involved in Libya.  —  It doesn't make sense, he said, for the U.S. to help Libyan civilians …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner wants Obama to explain US role in Libya  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday pressured President Obama to better explain the U.S.'s objectives in Libya before proceeding with further military actions.  —  Boehner did not specifically call for a declaration of war …
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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