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5:15 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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Michael Moore rips Obama over Libya
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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Washington Post:
Arab League condemns broad bombing campaign in Libya  —  Video: The Pentagon held a briefing about operation “Odyssey Dawn.”  Vice Admiral William Gortney gave statement on the specific goals of the operation and took questions from the media.  (March 19)  —  CAIRO—The Arab League secretary …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and The Hill
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Obama's First New War  —  As a fleet of French airplanes lacerated …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner wants Obama to explain US role in Libya
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and This Just In
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 …
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: Salon and Sister Toldjah
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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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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: CNN and Washington Monthly
Liberty Chick / Big Government:
SEIU Hit With RICO Lawsuit, Blames Hunton and Williams and...Koch Brothers  —  After years of being harassed by the purple people beaters, one company has finally said ENOUGH.  —  In a press release issued Thursday, Sodexo USA announced that the company has filed a civil lawsuit …
 
 
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