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8:40 PM ET, March 21, 2011


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How Dumb Are We?  —  NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test—38 percent failed.  The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance.  —  What Don't You Know?  Take the Quiz.  —  They're the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink.
Take the Quiz: What We Don't Know  —  The U.S. citizenship test is comprised of 100 questions, across five categories: American government, systems of government, rights and responsibilities, American history and integrated civics.  Ten questions from the 100 are chosen randomly for the test-taker.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
“Why are you apologizing all the time?”  —  With that single sentence made to her Israeli hosts, Sarah Palin demonstrated a greater understanding of the problems confronting Israel than the collective wisdom of all the J.D.'s, Ph.D's, and Masters of International Affairs in the Obama administration combined.
The Note:
Sarah Palin To Israelis: “Why Are You Apologizing All The Time?”  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports: Sarah Palin made her first pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Sunday, joining a long line of presidential hopefuls who have traveled to Israel prior to throwing their hat in the ring.
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Palin pulls out of Bethlehem visit  —  Former governor of Alaska goes to Greek Orthodox monastery and Jerusalem during tour of Israel  —  Sarah Palin apparently had second thoughts about crossing an Israeli checkpoint on Mondayto visit Bethlehem during a three-day visit to Jerusalem.
David Catanese / The Politico:
McCaskill will sell ‘the damn plane’  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill is selling the personal plane that has caused her turbulence in recent weeks after POLITICO revealed she used taxpayer money to cover the cost of political travel.  —  The first-term Democrat said she was very happy she was able …
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Failed to Pay $287,000 in Property Taxes on Aircraft
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Very Liberal Intervention  —  In its month-long crab walk toward a military confrontation with Libya's Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Obama administration has delivered a clinic in the liberal way of war.  —  Just a week ago, as the tide began to turn against the anti-Qaddafi rebellion …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Webb critical of Obama's Libya operation: 'This isn't the way that our system is supposed to work'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
CNN Poll: Most support no fly zone in Libya but not ground troops  —  Washington (CNN) - Seven in ten Americans support military action by the U.S. and other countries to establish a no-fly zone in Libya, a 14-point increase since last week, according to a new national poll.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Poll: Majority approve of Obama's actions on Libya
David Weigel / Weigel:
Poll: Only 50 Percent of Voters Back Obama's Handling of Libya
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Politico
Jon Boone / Guardian:
US army's ‘kill team’ in Afghanistan  —  Commanders brace for backlash of anti-US sentiment that could be more damaging than after the Abu Ghraib scandal  —  Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of “trophy” …
Daily Mail:
‘Repugnant’: U.S. army apologises for graphic photos of soldiers with civilian corpses as violence …
Discussion: Big Peace
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Now it's time to defund NPR  —  Even after they fired me, called me a bigot and publicly advised me to only share my thoughts with a psychiatrist, I did not call for defunding NPR.  I am a journalist and NPR is an important platform for journalism.  —  But last week my line of defense for NPR ran into harsh political realities.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Stock Footage of Minorities in Pawlenty's Presidential Announcement Video  —  Few minorities are featured in Tim Pawlenty's presidential announcement video, and, as it turns out, most of them were taken from Getty stock footage.  —  Pawlenty, who served as governor of Minnesota until January …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty to file exploratory committee today
Kate Golden /
Analysis: Emails favored Walker 2-1  —  One-third of positive emails from out of state … By Kate Golden  —  Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism  —  Gov. Scott Walker was right: The angry crowds in Madison didn't tell the whole story of how Wisconsinites felt.
Analysis shows emails to Walker favored budget repair bill
David Weigel / Weigel:
Why Obama Doesn't Need to Ask Congress Before Attacking Libya  —  It's simple: Most of Washington doesn't want him to.  To coin a phrase: If they want the president to do it, that means it's legal.  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Congress's most prominent hawks, who must at this point …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP Senate candidate slams ‘Libya intervention’
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TOO ‘BROKE’ FOR IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS?.... Part of the problem with the budget plan approved by House Republicans is that it has too many problems.  For critics, it's hard to even know where to start with all the spectacular flaws, and Democrats have struggled — if they've even tried …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Megan Scully /
Costs of Libya Operation Already Piling Up  —  A U.S. F-16 fighter jet takes off from Aviano Air Base in Italy on Sunday.  The cost of the first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn topped $100 million.  —  With U.N. coalition forces bombarding Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi from the sea and air …
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
For the sins of his father: Gaddafi's son ‘killed in kamikaze pilot attack on barracks’  —  Colonel Gaddafi suffered a massive personal setback today when one of his sons was allegedly killed in a suicide air mission on his barracks.  —  Khamis, 27, who runs the feared Khamis Brigade …
Discussion: Guardian
David Boaz / Britannica Blog:
What Ever Happened to the Antiwar Movement?  —  About 100 antiwar protesters, including Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame, were arrested Saturday outside the White House in demonstrations marking the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.  It's a far cry from the Bush years …
Fox News:
UNIVERSITY DOWNPLAYS STUDENT'S JIHAD THREAT  —  Montreal police are investigating a student who made threats against a conservative club at McGill University, even though university officials determined the student's threats about jihad and wanting to “shoot everyone in the room” were harmless.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana Republicans at a loss without Democrats  —  Legislative timeline  —  Jan. 6: Indiana General Assembly goes into session, and after only nine minutes the first spat breaks out.  Democrats object to the filing of right-to-work legislation, which would bar which bars companies and unions …
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, NPR: Fund your own lame liberal humor — and leave my family alone  —  If the obscure and has-been comedians who appear on National Public Radio want to mock conservatives and spread left-wing propaganda, they should do it on their own damned dime.  —  The government-sponsored radio …
Christianity Today:
Q & A: Herman Cain on Faith, Calling, and Presidential Aspirations  —  Jesus also said, “The poor will always be with us.”  He did not say, “The poor have to always be poor.”  And if you look at the poor in this country, some people don't remain poor.I think that's what Christ expects of us …
Matthew Shaer / New York Magazine:
Not Quite Copenhagen  —  Is New York too New York for bike lanes?  —  The biker careers against traffic; the driver veers into the forbidden lane; the jaywalker marches, oblivious.  But only the sucker yields.  —  Photo-illustration by Peter Rad  —  On a blustery day this winter …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
FLOTUS: ‘American dream’ true in Chile  —  First lady Michelle Obama on Monday lauded higher education as the engine that propelled her to a successful career, and the key reason her husband—whose own family “struggled to make ends meet” when he was a child — became president of the United States.
Discussion: The Blaze
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
AZ Senate President Russell Pearce Takes Tentherism To New Level: ‘You Are Not A Citizen Of The United States’  —  One of the most radical offshoots of modern conservatism in the United States is called “tentherism,” which invokes the Constitution's Tenth Amendment to claim that a whole host …
Michelle Mondo /
The Beefy Crunch Burrito incident  —  Man upset by price gets in shootout with police; no one hurt.  —  —  Members of the SAPD SWAT team work the scene of a standoff at the Rodeway Inn.  Photo: EDWARD A. ORNELAS/ / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS NFS
Discussion: and The Jawa Report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Barney Frank: Obama might not have stomach for fight over Elizabeth Warren  —  President Obama may not be willing to endure the ideological battle that would result from nominating Elizabeth Warren to head the new consumer protection agency, a top Democrat said Monday.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Daily Kos
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You can't blame it on Rio  —  Japan is still reeling …
Discussion: National Review
Richard Dunham / Texas on the Potomac:
Q&A: President George H.W. Bush talks about volunteerism, his family and his friendship with Bill Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem: Attacks on Libya ‘because of oil’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House To Remain Mum In Social Security Fight — Until Congress Comes Up With a Plan
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos, Hot Air and TalkLeft
Indianapolis Star:
First family has ‘an awful lot to think about’
Discussion: Washington Post and GOP 12