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8:45 PM ET, March 22, 2011


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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Gadhafi, Allies May Be Seeking Way Out, Clinton tells ABC News  —  In World News Interview, Secretary of State Downplays Concerns about Coalition and Power Transfer: 'I'm Very Relaxed'  —  People close to Libya's embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi are reaching out to allies around …
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
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” …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
John McCain's Libya amnesia  —  In a single interview this morning, John McCain managed to inadvertently highlight one of the potential dangers of the war against Moammar Gadhafi, while at the same time experiencing a bout of amnesia about his own record on Libya.
Dick Morris / The Hill:   Libya fails Powell Doctrine
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
How the Left Got Libya Wrong
Tom Curry /
Obama, Libya and the authorization conflict
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Reuters
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
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Snyder quickly falls out of favor  —  Over the last few weeks we've found that voters in Ohio and Wisconsin have quickly soured on their new Republican Governors, John Kasich and Scott Walker respectively.  But Michigan's Rick Snyder wasn't like Kasich and Walker.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Strong Plurality Of Michigan Voters Support Amending State Constitution To Protect Collective Bargaining
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 …
CBS News:   Rand Paul for president? New senator mulls a run
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
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 …
Discussion: The Note, Washington Post and Eschaton
Associated Press:
Nevada Congressman backs Mitt Romney for president
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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 …
Jeanette Rundquist / New Jersey Online:
Christie's budget cuts left N.J. schools unable to provide ‘thorough and efficient’ education, judge rules  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie's deep cuts to state school aid last year left New Jersey's schools unable to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to the state's nearly 1.4 …
David Nir / Daily Kos:
CT-Sen: Murphy leads in primary, Dems crush in general  —  Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos & SEIU (3/17-20, Democratic primary voters, no trendlines): … Fifth CD Rep. Chris Murphy holds a narrow lead over Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic primary …
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.
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says  —  Science and technology reporter, BBC News, Dallas  —  In the UK, Wales has the highest proportion of religiously “non-affiliated”  —  A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers.
Sarah Palin / CBS News:
Anti-abortion fliers spark campus outrage  —  Racially charged anti-abortion ads ignite controversy at Princeton Theological Seminary  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — It has become the talk among African American students at the prestigious Princeton Theological Seminary — racially charged fliers and postings.
Chad Groening /
Huckabee: Listen to soldiers on ‘gays’ in military  —  Mike Huckabee says he would support legislation aimed at reinstating the 1993 law that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military.  —  In January former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said if he were to become president in two years …
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.
Hollie McKay / Reuters:
Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin a Female Vulgarism, NOW Stays Mum  —  Bill Maher and Sarah Palin.  —  Bill Maher uttered a female vulgarism when referring to former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on his HBO show Friday night.  —  “Did you hear this - Sarah Palin finally heard what happened …
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 …
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Congressional Battleground 2012  —  A new survey by Democracy Corps in 50 of the most competitive battleground Congressional districts - nearly all of which gave a majority to Obama in the last presidential election - shows the new Republican majority very much in play in 2012.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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?
Channel 4:
Six Libyan villagers shot by US team rescuing pilot  —  EXCLUSIVE: Six villagers in a field on the outskirts of Benghazi were shot and injured when a US helicopter landed to rescue a crew member from the crashed jet, reports Lindsey Hilsum.  —  Channel 4 News International Editor …
Discussion: Guardian, and Politics
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Keegan Gibson / PoliticsPA:
Exclusive: Democrats Recruiting Jack Stollsteimer to Challenge Meehan in PA-7
Daily Mail:
Who's in charge?  NATO members squabble over who leads Libyan bombings...and they can't even …
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