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2:10 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.
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Libya in its Arab Context
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.
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Senators Who Want Deficit Reduction Can Reduce the Deficit By Refusing to Vote in Favor of Deficit-Increasing Measures  —  No legislative body in the world can match the United States Senate for preening self-regard, and I think only the Senate could produce a document similar to the one Lori Montgomery profiles here:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ‘GANG OF 64’ NEEDS SOME HELP.... Late Friday, shortly …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Post
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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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Tim Pawlenty to announce presidential committee  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty plans to announce Monday afternoon that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, CBS News has learned - the likely precursor to a full-blown run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Trump: I “screwed” Gadhafi  —  A priceless moment from Donald Trump on Fox & Friends this morning.
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:   Trump: ‘I Probably Have More Experience Than Anybody’
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.
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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Barney Frank: Obama might not have stomach for fight over Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Pelosi hospitalized in Rome; colleague reports 'she's in good shape' now
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
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” …
Indianapolis Star:
First family has ‘an awful lot to think about’  —  A weekly look at Gov. Mitch Daniels' activities as he weighs a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  —  National pundits are speculating that one person is standing between Mitch Daniels and the White House, and it's not Barack Obama.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Michelle Mondo / MySanAntonio.com:
The Beefy Crunch Burrito incident  —  Man upset by price gets in shootout with police; no one hurt.  —  mmondo@express-news.net  —  Members of the SAPD SWAT team work the scene of a standoff at the Rodeway Inn.  Photo: EDWARD A. ORNELAS/eaornelas@express-news.net / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS NFS
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Jawa Report
John O. McGinnis / Wall Street Journal:
The Law Is a Class  —  Law schools wield more social influence than any other part of the American university.  To what effect?  —  The British economist John Maynard Keynes famously observed, 75 years ago, that statesmen who think that they are pursuing policies of their own devise …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
VIDEO: Dan Ellsberg Handcuffed at White House for Protesting Obama's Torture of Bradley Manning  —  Eighty year-old Daniel Ellsberg was arrested on Saturday in front of the White House when he refused to leave at the request of police.  He was one of 113 people who were arrested …
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
New York Times:
False Confessions  —  Douglas Warney, a person of limited mental capabilities who has been diagnosed with AIDS and AIDS dementia, served nine years in New York State prisons for a murder he did not commit.  Now the state is seeking to compound the injustice by denying Mr. Warney compensation …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Japan Nuclear Crisis ‘On Verge of Stabilizing,’ U.S. Official Says  —  Power Restoration at Fukushima Plant Reactors Seen as Optimistic Sign  —  A top U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission official today said the nuclear crisis in Japan is “on the verge of stabilizing,” even as Japanese workers …
Discussion: The Politico
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Touts His Union-Busting Agenda As ‘Progressive’  —  Late last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) spoke with conservative radio show host Jason Lewis about winning his union-busting fight.  First, Lewis repeated the falsehood that Walker wasn't against collective bargaining …
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 …
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Unable to Restrain Themselves  —  Last week I noticed a bevy of conservative commentators, such as Glenn Beck, piously lowering their voices and paying tribute to the calm and resilience of the Japanese people in their time of trauma, emphasizing that there had been “no looting” in the aftermath of so much destruction and disarray.
 
 
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Promise on Taxes Sparks GOP Rift
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Libya, a Seventh-Tier Problem for America
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The Politico:
One-year anniversary this week …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Steven Metz / The New Republic:
Libya's Coming Insurgency
Discussion: New Atlanticist and New York Times
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Alter: Obama ‘A Reluctant Warrior,’ Not Cowboy Like Bush
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Raise Rates to Boost the Economy
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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
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