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10:30 AM ET, March 21, 2011

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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 …
Guardian:
Gaddafi may become target of air strikes, Liam Fox admits  —  Coalition forces accused of mission creep and disproportionate action against Tripoli  —  America, France and Britain - the leaders of the coalition's air attacks on Libya - were struggling to maintain international support for their actions …
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Guardian:
Coalition air strikes see waning support from Arabs, China and Russia
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Andrew Sullivan: 'I Don't Know Why Anybody Voted for Obama in the Primaries - It's a Clintonian Mess'  —  The far-left in America are having a collective conniption fit over President Obama's decision to attack Libya.  —  Included in the wolf pack is the Atlantic magazine's Andrew Sullivan …
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
With no debate and no objective, Obama enters a war  —  Senior Political Columnist Follow Him @TPCarney  —  At once presumptuous and flippant, President Obama used a Saturday audio recording from Brazil to inform Americans he had authorized a third war — a war in which America's role is unclear and the stated objectives are muddled.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Nader: Obama should be impeached for ‘war crimes’
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.
New York Times:
Libya Releases 4 Times Journalists  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — The Libyan government released four detained New York Times journalists Monday, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya.  They were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats.
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New York Times:
Allies Target Qaddafi's Ground Forces, but Resistance Continues, Reports Say
Discussion: News Desk
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.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
TRENDING: Dem senator breaks with his party and Obama, again  —  (CNN) - Saying that “we must get our fiscal house in order,” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he'll vote against raising the nation's debt ceiling unless it's married to a plan that addresses the nation's broader fiscal problems.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Joe Manchin keeps hitting Dems over budget
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Manchin: No to upping debt limit without a fix for ‘fiscal mess’
Huston / Gently Hew Stone:
NPR Mocks Michelle Malkin's Family After Her Cousin Goes Missing  —  This morning on NPR's popular comedy show, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, a segment aired where a contestant had to choose which of three strange news stories was actually true.  One of the (false) options concerned conservative commentator Michelle Malkin.
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Michelle Malkin:
Hey, NPR: Fund your own lame liberal humor — and leave my family alone
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com and Moe Lane
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ‘GANG OF 64’ NEEDS SOME HELP.... Late Friday, shortly before the Senate recessed and its members left town, a group of 64 senators sent a letter to President Obama, seeking some help on fiscal issues.  —  The group was organized by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
Haley Barbour's inside game  —  Haley Barbour will travel to Nevada on Tuesday to meet with Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and have lunch with a handful of state legislators, a visit that suggest the Mississippi governor will make a major play in the Silver State caucus in early 2012.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and GOP 12
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Mary Ellen Klas / Naked Politics:
Florida GOP veteran Sally Bradshaw to join Barbour's exploratory team
Discussion: TPMDC and The Page
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The War on Warren  —  Last week, at a House hearing on financial institutions and consumer credit, Republicans lined up to grill and attack Elizabeth Warren, the law professor and bankruptcy expert who is in charge of setting up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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..
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Uncivil disobedience  —  Just a couple of months ago, in the wake of Jared Loughner's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, simple talk of “targeting” a political opponent for defeat was treated as beyond the pale.  But let's look at some more recent language — and conduct …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Candyass blogger move of all time: Lawyers, Guns & Money bans Meade!  —  The little professor Robert Farley couldn't face the challenge Meade made to his (truly lame) post “On Libya” (which I blogged about yesterday).  —  Imagine not wanting the brilliant, good-humored Meade as a commenter!
Los Angeles Times:
Republicans vote to nominate candidates by mail to sidestep ‘top-two primary’ system  —  California Republicans vote to enact a sweeping end-run around the spirit of the “top-two primary” system adopted by voters as Proposition 14.  The party decides to conduct a mail-in nominating process …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
 
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
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The Hill:
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Times's Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
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