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9:40 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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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.
ABCNEWS:
U.S. Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Hit Targets in Libya  —  Pentagon: 112 Missiles Fired at More Than 20 Targets Inside Libya  —  More than 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles struck over 20 targets inside Libya today in the opening phase of an international military operation the Pentagon said was aimed …
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Official: U.S. fires on Libyan air defenses  —  (CNN) — The U.S. military launched its first airstrikes on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses, officials said Saturday.  —  U.S. Tomahawk missiles landed in the area around Tripoli and Misrata, a senior military official said …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
msnbc.com:
Gadhafi blasts ‘crusader’ aggression after strikes
Discussion: BBC, Crooks and Liars and The Impolitic
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 …
indiatoday.intoday.in:
Not yet sure of running for US President in 2012: Sarah Palin
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin rips Obama's energy policy, handling of Middle East
Discussion: The Politico 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 and Eunomia
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 …
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
Barry Brook / BraveNewClimate:
Fukushima nuclear accident: Saturday 19 March summary  —  Last Saturday the the crisis level at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station was rapidly on the rise.  Hydrogen explosions, cracks in the wetwell torus and fires in a shutdown unit's building — it seemed the sequence of new problems would never end.
Discussion: Kyodo News and World Nuclear News
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 and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Japan Finds Tainted Food Up to 90 Miles From Nuclear Sites  —  TOKYO — As Japan edged forward in its battle to contain the damage at its ravaged nuclear power plants on Saturday, the government said it had found higher than normal levels of radioactivity in spinach and milk at farms …
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Guardian:
Japan bans some food sales
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Truthdig
 
 
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New York Times:
Syrian Police Attack Marchers at Funerals
Discussion: World Threats
Kenneth Rapoza / BRIC Breaker:
Rubber Bullets Fly at Anti-Obama Protest In Rio
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Hamas fires dozens of mortars at Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Tony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
U.S., Coalition Attack Libya Air-Defense Systems With ‘Operation Odyssey’
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
American Official Warns That Qaddafi May Lash Out With New Terrorist Attacks
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
RNC raises $5.2M but remains $21M in debt
Discussion: CNN
David Wood / The Huffington Post:
Anti-American Extremists Among Libyan Rebels U.S. Has Vowed To Protect
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Cable