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11:55 AM ET, March 20, 2011

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: 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.
Discussion: National Review
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Fox News:
U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles Against Qaddafi's Air Defenses
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Official: U.S. fires on Libyan air defenses
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
USA Today:
Obama: U.S. and ‘broad coalition’ are acting against Gadhafi
Discussion: Doug Ross
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 …
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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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, Althouse and Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
At Qaddafi Compound, a Human Shield  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Even as the Allied intervention began, a group of foreign journalists were bused on a rare visit inside Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's compound — a labyrinth of concrete barracks, fortified walls and barbed wire designed to deter potential military coups.
Discussion: Guardian and CNN
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
Emptywheel:
Newly Released OLC Opinion Reveals How Yoo Relied on Eliminating Fourth Amendment to Wiretap Illegally  —  As Josh Gerstein and Jack Goldsmith note, DOJ just released two of the opinions underlying the warrantless wiretap programs.  They both focus on the May 6, 2004 opinion Goldsmith wrote …
Discussion: The Politico and Lawfare
New York Times:
Syrian Police Attack Marchers at Funerals  —  DAMASCUS, Syria — More than 20,000 people marched Saturday in the southern Syrian town of Dara'a in funerals for protesters killed in demonstrations the day before, and the police used truncheons and tear gas to disperse the mourners.
Discussion: World Threats
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, Instapundit and Eunomia
 
 
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