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9:30 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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Nader: Obama should be impeached for ‘war crimes’  —  Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader says that President Obama should be impeached for committing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  The consumer advocate and former presidential candidate said in an interview that aired Friday …
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:   Libya: Mike Mullen admits stalemate could leave Gaddafi in charge
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. stresses limits to military role in 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 …
Guardian:
Gaddafi may become target of air strikes, Liam Fox admits
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Boehner wants Obama to explain US role in Libya
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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 …
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 …
John / Power Line:
Sarah Palin In Jerusalem  —  Liberals love to insult Sarah Palin's intelligence.  It's not a subject on which I have any particular opinion, except to note that, apparently by a remarkable coincidence, her judgment is correct on just about every subject.  For instance, Israel.
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Rantings of an Ex-Maestro  —  Some people have asked me for reactions to this piece by Alan Greenspan (pdf) on how Obama's activism is preventing economic recovery.  I could go through the weak reasoning, the shoddy econometrics that ignores a large literature on business investment and ignores simultaneity problems, etc., etc..
BBC:
Tripoli blast as coalition action goes on  —  Libya said it was ordering all its forces to observe an immediate ceasefire  —  The Pentagon expects to hand over control of allied military operations in Libya “in a matter of days”, either to a UK-France coalition or to Nato, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates says.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just a Bad, Bad Idea  —  At the end of last week I couldn't help tweeting that everything I was seeing in Libya was bringing out my inner foreign policy Realist.  And everything I've seen this weekend has confirmed me in that view.  Indeed, there are so many reasons this strikes me as a bad idea I really hardly know where to start.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Michelle Krupa / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Possible oil sheen under investigation in Gulf of Mexico could be large  —  The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen about 20 miles north of the site of last April's Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.  —  A helicopter crew and pollution investigators …
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Daily Mail:
U.S. strikes against Gaddafi's forces branded ‘a success’ as bombed out tanks and cars litter the roads near Benghazi
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Clinton warns Iran against meddling in Gulf
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
At Qaddafi Compound, a Human Shield
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