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2:00 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.
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 …
The White House:
Remarks by the President on Libya  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody.  Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians.  That action has now begun.
Chris Lawrence / CNN:   Official: U.S. fires on Libyan air defenses
USA Today:
Obama: U.S. and ‘broad coalition’ are acting against Gadhafi
Discussion: Associated Press and Doug Ross
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
 
 
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Emptywheel:
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Discussion: The Politico and Lawfare
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
At Qaddafi Compound, a Human Shield
New York Times:
Syrian Police Attack Marchers at Funerals
Discussion: World Threats
Agence France Presse:
Bombs dropped near Kadhafi's Tripoli bunker: AFP
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Juana Summers / The Politico:
California GOP peeved by proposal to push primary
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: Instapundit, Donklephant and Eunomia
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Discussion: Kyodo News and World Nuclear News
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Hamas fires dozens of mortars at Israel