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12:30 PM 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 …
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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.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Alter: ‘Obama A Reluctant Warrior, Not Cowboy Like Bush’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Qaddafi Forces Hold Strategic Town as Allied Attacks Continue
Discussion: News Desk and Balloon Juice
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.
First Read / msnbc.com:
Pawlenty to announce exploratory committee today via Facebook  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Carrie Dann  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will announce that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for president in 2012, a senior adviser confirmed to NBC News.
Discussion: Mediaite
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The Note:
Tim Pawlenty Expected To Announce Formation Of 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee Today  —  ABC News Michael Falcone and Amy Walter report:  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to make his presidential intentions official on Monday by announcing the formation …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty to file exploratory committee today
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Pawlenty expected to announce exploratory committee Monday afternoon
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 …
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com and Moe Lane
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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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Worries About Economy, Budget Top Other Issues  —  Worry about energy up since 2010, flat for other issues  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nearly three in four Americans (71%) say they worry about the economy “a great deal,” more than worry about 13 other issues Gallup measured in a March 3-6 poll.
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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” …
Newsweek:
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.
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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Agence France Presse:
Pelosi hospitalised in Rome after feeling unwell  —  ROME — US Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalised on Monday after feeling unwell during a visit to Rome, Italian news agencies said.  —  Pelosi, in Italy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Italian nation …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Trump: I “screwed” Gaddafi  —  A priceless moment from Donald Trump on Fox & Friends this morning.
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.
Kate Golden / WisconsinWatch.org:
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and JSOnline
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 …
Clarion-Ledger:
Barbour racks up travel bill in '10  —  More than $300K spent for trips out of state last year  —  Mississippi taxpayers forked over more than $18,602 for Gov. Haley Barbour's trip to Las Vegas for a “project meeting” last March - a trip in which he hobnobbed with potential donors and powerplayers.
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.
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
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Raise Rates to Boost the Economy  —  Oil and wheat and commodities will see a 20%-30% drop in price as speculators run for the hills.  This will be a de facto tax cut for consumers.  —  The chairman of the Federal Reserve is stuck between a rock and a hard place—well, more like a house and a gas tank.
Discussion: Economist's View and Free exchange
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Little-Known Colleges Exploit Visa Loopholes to Make Millions Off Foreign Students  —  Early on a Friday morning, four college students stand shivering in the parking lot of an office complex in Sterling, Va. The building itself is unremarkable, red brick and dark glass …
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 …
 
 
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James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Unable to Restrain Themselves
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Leftists, Marxists, Anti-Semites & Pro-Union Activists Hold Antiwar “Palin Whore” Rally (Video)
Gleb Bryanski / Yahoo! News Canada:
Putin likens U.N. Libya resolution to crusade calls
Discussion: RedState and JONATHAN TURLEY
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
BBC World Service signs US deal
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Top Yemeni generals side with protesters
Discussion: This Just In, Hot Air and The Page
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dems seize edge in fundraising as they lay 2012 groundwork
Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Mike Dennison / Billings Gazette:
Gazette Poll: Tester, Rehberg in dead heat for 2012 election
Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
Libya crisis may save him from electoral humiliation
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
Republicans vote to nominate candidates by mail to sidestep ‘top-two primary’ system
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Dem senator breaks with his party and Obama, again
The Hill:
Obama leads in March Madness picks
Discussion: Politics Daily
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Candyass blogger move of all time: Lawyers, Guns & Money bans Meade!