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3:10 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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right's New Meme  —  Most of the GOP leadership is playing it mum or playing it vicious on the Libya madness.  Surprise!  Obama cannot win because his un-Bush style of intervention is so ... liberal.  Palin is the most vacuous, of course.  Her criticism is entirely of style …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem: Attacks on Libya ‘because of oil’
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Libya in its Arab Context
Steven Metz / The New Republic:
Libya's Coming Insurgency
Discussion: New Atlanticist and New York Times
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PONDERING THE ‘HOW DUMB ARE WE?’  QUESTION.... Newsweek is the latest major outlet to poll Americans on some basics of American history and civics.  As the headline suggests — “How dumb are we?”  — the public didn't do especially well when tested.  (thanks to R.K. for the tip)
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Newsweek:
Take the Quiz: What We Don't Know  —  The U.S. citizenship test is comprised of 100 questions, across five categories: American government, systems of government, rights and responsibilities, American history and integrated civics.  Ten questions from the 100 are chosen randomly for the test-taker.
Discussion: Vox Popoli, JSOnline and Joanne Jacobs
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.
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 MiamiHerald.com
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Huston / Gently Hew Stone:
NPR Mocks Michelle Malkin's Family After Her Cousin Goes Missing
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty to file exploratory committee today  —  Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will file paperwork to organize his bid for the White House, he told supporters on a conference call.  —  “We're filing the paperwork today to form an exploratory committee to run for president of the United States …
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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.
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: Washington Post and TalkLeft
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House To Remain Mum In Social Security Fight — Until Congress Comes Up With a Plan  —  The White House will not prominently inject itself into congressional negotiations on Social Security reform until after key legislators in both the House and Senate unveil their plans …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
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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” …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Trump: I “screwed” Gaddafi  —  A priceless moment from Donald Trump on Fox & Friends this morning.
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.
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
JSOnline:
Senator's girlfriend had help getting job  —  Even though the state is supposedly broke, top officials in Gov. Scott Walker's team were able to scrape together enough money to give a state job to the woman identified as Sen. Randy Hopper's girlfriend.  —  Anything for a political ally.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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
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.
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
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 …
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Palin pulls out of Bethlehem visit  —  Former governor of Alaska goes to Greek Orthodox monastery and Jerusalem during tour of Israel  —  Sarah Palin apparently had second thoughts about crossing an Israeli checkpoint on Mondayto visit Bethlehem during a three-day visit to Jerusalem.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
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
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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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Behind the Libya War
Discussion: FP Passport and The Daily Dish
The Huffington Post:
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Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Death By a Single GOP Cut?
Tom Hayes / New York Times:
Ok, Call Me a Digital Scab
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Promise on Taxes Sparks GOP Rift
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Libya, a Seventh-Tier Problem for America
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Touts His Union-Busting Agenda As ‘Progressive’
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
VIDEO: Dan Ellsberg Handcuffed at White House for Protesting Obama's Torture of Bradley Manning
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
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The Politico:
One-year anniversary this week …
Discussion: Wonk Room
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Unable to Restrain Themselves
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Little-Known Colleges Exploit Visa Loopholes to Make Millions Off Foreign Students
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