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11:25 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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty to file exploratory committee today  —  Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will file paperwork today to organize his bid for the White House into an exploratory committee, he told supporters on a conference call today.  —  “We're filing the paperwork today to form …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Note
Associated Press:
AP Sources: Pawlenty to disclose political plans  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor struggling for name recognition against better-known Republicans eying the presidency, plans to take the first formal step toward the nomination Monday, aides said.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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: Moe Lane and
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.
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 …
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.
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
Mary Ellen Klas / Naked Politics:
Florida GOP veteran Sally Bradshaw to join Barbour's exploratory team
Discussion: TPMDC and The Page
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
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 and The Hill
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Joe Manchin keeps hitting Dems over budget
Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN:
Top Yemeni generals side with protesters  —  (CNN) — Three top generals in Yemen declared their support for anti-government protests Monday as a wave of officials, including the deputy speaker of parliament, announced their resignations.  —  One of the generals who broke ranks will order …
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” …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Mike Dennison / Billings Gazette:
Gazette Poll: Tester, Rehberg in dead heat for 2012 election  —  HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and his Republican challenger for 2012, Rep. Denny Rehberg, are in a virtual dead heat for the race, the Gazette State Poll of Montana voters shows.  —  In a telephone poll …
Coalition air strikes see waning support from Arabs, China and Russia
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
Noel Sheppard / 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 …
Katarzyna Klimasinska / Bloomberg:
Congressional Republicans Ask Obama to Explain Military Action in Libya  —  Congressional Republicans called on President Barack Obama to more fully explain the goal of the allied military action in Libya and how it will be accomplished.  —  “Before any further military commitments are made …
Discussion: The Agonist
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Raise Rates to Boost the Economy
Discussion: Free exchange and Economist's View
Mariam Fam / Bloomberg:
Egypt Backs Constitutional Changes That May Aid Brotherhood, Mubarak Party
Discussion: The Foundry
Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
Libya crisis may save him from electoral humiliation
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