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3:40 PM ET, March 21, 2011

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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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PONDERING THE ‘HOW DUMB ARE WE?’  QUESTION.... Newsweek …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Libyans Use Journalists as Human Shields  —  EXCLUSIVE: An attack on the compound of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi on Sunday had to be curtailed because of journalists nearby, Fox News has learned.  —  British sources confirmed that seven Storm Shadow missiles were ready …
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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
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
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Death By a Single GOP Cut?  —  The scary consequences of slashing the CDC's immunization funding.  —  Post Comment  —  In the past year, California has experienced the worst whopping cough outbreak in more than 50 years, an epidemic that has killed 10 infants and resulted in 6,400 reported cases.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
TOO ‘BROKE’ FOR IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS?.... Part of the problem …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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
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.
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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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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
White House To Remain Mum In Social Security Fight — Until Congress Comes Up With a Plan
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
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:
Discussion: Washington Post
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ‘GANG OF 64’ NEEDS SOME HELP.... Late Friday, shortly …
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
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” …
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Dem: Attacks on Libya ‘because of oil’  —  The United States military action against Libya is motivated by a desire for affordable and accessible oil, a top Democrat on environmental issues said Monday.  —  Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
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.
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 and Newshoggers.com
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Koch Money  —  Few companies have received as much attention for their campaign expenses than Koch Industries in the past year.  According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, Koch contributed $1.35 million to winning congressional campaigns in the 2010 cycle.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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
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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Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Behind the Libya War
Discussion: FP Passport and The Daily Dish
Conal Urquhart / Guardian:
Palin pulls out of Bethlehem visit
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
The Huffington Post:
Why We Need Universal Service
Tom Hayes / New York Times:
Ok, Call Me a Digital Scab
John O. McGinnis / Wall Street Journal:
The Law Is a Class  —  Law schools wield more social influence …
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Promise on Taxes Sparks GOP Rift
New York Times:
False Confessions  —  Douglas Warney, a person of limited …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Libya, a Seventh-Tier Problem for America
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
VIDEO: Dan Ellsberg Handcuffed at White House for Protesting Obama's Torture of Bradley Manning
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
Unable to Restrain Themselves
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Little-Known Colleges Exploit Visa Loopholes to Make Millions Off Foreign Students
Mike Dennison / Billings Gazette:
Gazette Poll: Tester, Rehberg in dead heat for 2012 election
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Uncivil disobedience  —  Just a couple of months ago …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Dem senator breaks with his party and Obama, again