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8:50 AM ET, March 22, 2011

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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 …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Webb critical of Obama's Libya operation: 'This isn't the way that our system is supposed to work'  —  Last week, the United Nations Security Council authorized the use of force in Libya to protect Libyan civilians from the country's dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama: We know what we're doing
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Examiner
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP Senate candidate slams ‘Libya intervention’
Discussion: CNN
John Hawkins / Townhall.com:
7 Questions For Liberals About Obama's Libyan War  —  It seems like it was just yesterday when we had an “imperialist warmonger” in the White House who was going to be replaced by a peace-loving Democrat who promised “hope” and “change” instead.  It's funny how that worked out, isn't it?
Discussion: Betsy's Page and FREEDOM EDEN
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Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Fact: Bush Had 2 Times More Coalition Partners in Iraq Than Obama Has in Libya
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 …
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Failed to Pay $287,000 in Property Taxes on Aircraft  —  In a conference call with reporters, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill just disclosed that she failed to pay $287,000 in property taxes related to her co-ownership of a private aircraft.
Megan Scully / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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The Hill:
Cost of military campaign in Libya could wipe out GOP's spending cuts  —  U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts won by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, defense analysts say.  —  GOP leaders have trumpeted enacted spending reductions …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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Scott A. Hodge / Tax Foundation:
No Country Leans on Upper-Income Households as Much as U.S.  —  During my recent testimony before the Senate Budget Committee ( found here), I cited an OECD statistic that the U.S. has the most progressive income tax system among industrialized nations.  [1] This prompted one Senator to point …
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 …
Telegraph:
Libya: US fighter jet crash lands in field near Benghazi  —  A US warplane has crash landed in a Libyan field in the area around Benghazi, The Telegraph can disclose.  —  The two crew members on the F-15E fighter jet ejected to safety.  One has already been recovered by US forces …
Discussion: The Hill and Guardian
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 …
New York Times:
Japan Extended Reactor's Life, Despite Warning  —  TOKYO — Just a month before a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of Japan's nuclear crisis, government regulators approved a 10-year extension for the oldest of the six reactors at the power station despite warnings about its safety.
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Kevin Krolicki / Reuters:
Stricken Japan nuke plant skipped inspections
Rocky Kistner / The Huffington Post:
Fresh Oil Continues to Wash Ashore in the Bayou  —  Fresh Louisiana crude washed into the beaches and dock areas near Grand Isle over the weekend, creating a sickening sight for the residents of this oil battered region.  The reddish brown crude and oily sheen lapped onto the sandy and rocky shores …
Discussion: WKRG-TV and BP Slick
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msnbc.com:
Oily sheen, ‘goop’ spotted in Gulf of Mexico
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
A. A. Gill / Vanity Fair:
Tour De Gall  —  From Bill Clinton to Woody Allen, it seems every American (or Brit) visiting Paris on an expense account has the same favorite “Please don't write about it” bistro: L'Ami Louis.  Given its colonic décor, surly service, unbelievable food, and hefty bill, the restaurant is a true Gallic triumph.
Discussion: Guardian
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
FLOTUS: ‘American dream’ 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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Problem With Partners  —  These days we are all co-religionists in the church of multilateralism.  The Iraq war reminded everybody not to embark on an international effort without a broad coalition.  —  Yet today, as an impeccably crafted multilateral force intervenes in Libya, certain old feelings are coming back to the surface.
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
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.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Poll: Only 50 Percent of Voters Back Obama's Handling of Libya
Discussion: Daily Kos, Firedoglake and The Politico
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Matthews & Crew: Palin, Christians & GOP Only Friends With Jews Because Of Armageddon  —  Watch the Hardball trinity try to outdo each other in right-wing smearing.  Guess whose finger tips hold the top of the bat at the end?  It's anyone's ball game when “Crazy” Chris Matthews, David Corn …
 
 
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Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
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Mark Krikorian / National Review:
They Know Who Wears the Pants in This Country
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Low Bar  —  Peter Bergen argues that the intervention in Libya is no invasion of Iraq:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Fox News:
UNIVERSITY DOWNPLAYS STUDENT'S JIHAD THREAT
Daily Mail:
‘Repugnant’: U.S. army apologises for graphic photos of soldiers with civilian corpses as violence …
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