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5:30 PM ET, March 22, 2011


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Henry Blodget / Clusterstock:
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America  —  A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a secret plan to “destabilize” the country.
The Blaze:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Former SEIU official demanded action to destabilize banking system, overthrow capital
Discussion: Nice Deb
New York Times:
At War in Libya  —  Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi has long been a thug and a murderer who has never paid for his many crimes, including the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.  The United Nations Security Council resolution authorized member nations to take “all necessary measures” …
Discussion: Right Wing News
CBS News:
McCain: I hope U.S., others arm Libyan rebels  —  Says with no-fly zone momentum can now swing back to anti-Qaddafi forces, but they will need weapons, better training to topple dictator  —  With a non-fly effectively put into place over Libya, Sen. John McCain says momentum in the fighting between …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
How the Left Got Libya Wrong
Online NewsHour:
Turmoil in Arab World: Deepening Divisions or Turning a New Page?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The manipulative pro-war argument in Libya
Discussion: Washington Post, Yglesias and MyDD
The Hill:
Cost of military campaign in Libya could wipe out GOP's spending cuts  —  U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts won by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, defense analysts say.  —  GOP leaders have trumpeted enacted spending reductions …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Top Dem rejects calls for Obama impeachment over Libya  —  A key Senate Democrat on Tuesday tamped down the suggestion by some in his own party that President Obama could be impeached for launching military strikes on Libya.  —  Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), a supporter of the U.S. mission …
Erika Niedowski / The Hill:
Obama faces bipartisan pushback on force; US has no 'king's army'
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Republican says action in Libya is an ‘affront’ to the US Constitution
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Fox Nation
Tom Curry /
Obama, Libya and the authorization conflict
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Stephanie Vallejo / Boston Globe:
Brown says to cut all federal funding of Planned Parenthood ‘goes too far’  —  WASHINGTON — US Senator Scott Brown opposes a House Republican plan to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the womens' health service provider, and today urged budget negotiators to reach a compromise.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP Sen. Brown opposes Planned Parenthood cuts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and AmSpecBlog
Liz Halloran / NPR:
Abortion Foes Target Family Planning Program
Business Wire:
Ginni Thomas Joins The Daily Caller  —  WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Long-time Washington policy leader Ginni Thomas, the founder of the group Liberty Central, has agreed to join The Daily Caller.  —  Thomas is The Daily Caller's fourth major hire in recent weeks.
David Weigel / Weigel:   The Misadventures of Ginni Thomas, Action Journalist
Supreme Court debate focuses on rancor among current justices
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Sexually assaulted and told 'You'll die tonight'... but spared as she's American: Female journalist's horror at the hands of Gaddafi's men  —  A female war photographer from the New York Times revealed tonight how she was repeatedly sexually assaulted during her nightmare hostage ordeal in Libya.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
That was quick: Four lines of code is all it takes for The New York Times' paywall to come tumbling down  —  The New York Times paywall is costing the newspaper $40-$50 million to design and construct, Bloomberg has reported.  —  And it can be defeated through four lines of Javascript.
Eyanir Chinea / Reuters:
Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars  —  CARACAS (Reuters) - Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.  —  “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MITT ROMNEY, PANDERING ROBOT.... Under the circumstances, it's not realistic to think Mitt Romney is going to offer blanket praise for President Obama's policy in Libya.  But the former governor should at least try to be coherent about it.  —  Last night, Romney chatted with far-right radio host Hugh Hewitt …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Griping About Libya  —  I'm not likely to blog very much about Libya …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yglesias
Robert Behre / The Post and Courier, Charleston SC:
Sen. Rand Paul tests presidential waters  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., visited Charleston Monday to talk about his possible presidential bid, how to rein in the national debt and the current military action in Libya.  —  Paul, a tea party favorite who won his Senate seat last fall …
John Hawkins /
7 Questions For Liberals About Obama's Libyan War  —  It seems like it was just yesterday when we had an “imperialist warmonger” in the White House who was going to be replaced by a peace-loving Democrat who promised “hope” and “change” instead.  It's funny how that worked out, isn't it?
Libya: US fighter jet crash lands in field near Benghazi  —  A US warplane has crash landed in a Libyan field in the area around Benghazi, The Telegraph can disclose.  —  The two crew members on the F-15E fighter jet ejected to safety.  One has already been recovered by US forces …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
A Proud ‘Lobbyist’ and ‘Southerner’ Weighs ‘President’  —  DES MOINES — He became wealthy as a lobbyist, representing tobacco companies and foreign governments.  A former Republican Party chairman, he would seem the ultimate Washington insider.  A white Southerner, he has faced questions about his remarks on race.
William Cronon / New York Times:
Wisconsin's Radical Break  —  NOW that a Wisconsin judge has temporarily blocked a state law that would strip public employee unions of most collective bargaining rights, it's worth stepping back to place these events in larger historical context.  —  Republicans in Wisconsin are seeking …
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Starbucks CEO rethinks health law position  —  Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz says the health overhaul law's employer requirements will impose “too great” a pressure on small businesses.  —  Schultz supported the law as he watched his company's health insurance tab — $250 million as of last year — surmount its coffee bill.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Neocon-Bleeding Heart Alliance  —  Stephen Walt reminds us of the great elite consensus in Washington: … The American people experienced the Iraq fiasco as something never to be entertained again.  The neocons and liberal interventionists in Washington saw it as one road bump …
Sarah Palin / CBS News:
Poll: Obama's disaster management gets solid marks  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  The U.S. and other countries began cruise missile and air strikes in Libya on Saturday — an effort to protect civilians …
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
President Reticent  —  Obama doesn't tell you what he's thinking.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Huntsman's Enviable Record Makes Him Competitive
Discussion: The Note and Governors Journal
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Snyder quickly falls out of favor
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
George Monbiot / Guardian:
Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House: Helping install ‘a democratic system’ is goal in Libya
 Earlier Items: 
Aleister / American Glob:
PHOTO QUIZ: Who Looks More Comfortable With Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Obama Or Palin?
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Lindsay Lohan's dad arrested in West Hollywood
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Sexism Is Alive And Well At National Review
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes

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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
A Las Vegas jury convicts five men for operating Jetflicks, which charged $9.99 per month and officials say was one of the largest illegal streamers in the US

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