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9:00 AM ET, March 24, 2011

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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Reuters, You Must Be Kidding  —  This is from a Reuters story on the Jerusalem bombing earlier today: … Those Israelis and their crazy terms!  I mean, referring to a fatal bombing of civilians as a “terrorist attack”?  Who are they kidding?  Everyone knows that a fatal bombing …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
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Fares Akram / New York Times:
Rockets From Gaza Hit Deep Into Southern Israel
Newt Gingrich / Facebook:
My position on Libya  —  It is deeply troubling that there is so much confusion, lack of foresight, and little resolve coming from the President and his administration about what our mission and goals must be in the Libya engagement.  —  On March 3rd, President Obama said publicly that “it's time for Gadaffi to go.”
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Criticized Obama For Not Intervening In Libya, But Now Criticizes Him For Intervening In Libya  —  Earlier this month, former Speaker of the House and current presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was hammering President Obama for not intervening in Libya.  Asked, “what would you do about Libya?”
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich: No Flip-Flop in My Libya Positions
Discussion: MyFox Detroit
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:   Caught In Libya Flip-Flop, Newt Gingrich Offers Incoherent And Contradictory Defense
Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Anthony Weiner: Waiver might work for New York  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City.  —  Weiner, who is likely to run for mayor of New York, said that because of the city's special health care infrastructure …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Weiner Says SCOTUS Will Rule Against Health Care Law, Paving Way For Public Option  —  This is more in the spirit of partypooping than of celebration.  But on the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, one of the law's most dogged defenders, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Rep. Weiner sinks meat hooks into health-care law's attackers
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  White House: Libya fight is not war, it's ‘kinetic military action’  —  In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war?  From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself …
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
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The Politico:
Unanswered questions about Libya  —  It's hard to find a precedent for a president ordering U.S. military forces into action, then heading off for a five-day tour of Latin America, but that's just what President Barack Obama did when he approved the deployment of air and naval assets to establish a no-fly zone over Libya.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Michael Waldman / Bloomberg:
Time for Obama to Speak to Us About Libya: Michael Waldman
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
Egypt Air removes Israel from map  —  Jordan stretches to sea in online map by Egypt's largest airline, though it continues to fly to Israel  —  Egypt Air, the largest airline in Egypt, has removed Israel from the map - literally.  On its website, Ynet has learned, Jordan's land reaches the Mediterranean Sea.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Buried Provision In House GOP Bill Would Cut Off Food Stamps To Entire Families If One Member Strikes  —  All around the country, right-wing legislators are asking middle class Americans to pay for budget deficits caused mainly by a recession caused by Wall Street; they are attacking workers …
Wall Street Journal:
Romney Aims for Fund-Raising Edge  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has quietly launched a 15-city push to secure financial commitments from big-money “bundlers,” hoping to reveal a fund-raising network that would establish him as the prohibitive frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president.
Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Durbin is wrong about Muslim rights  —  In the wake of Rep. Peter King's largely toothless hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is now scheduling Senate hearings on “Muslim rights.”  According to the Washington Times, Durbin claims that …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Atlas Shrugs
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
So you want to hold Muslim hearings? Here's how to do it.
Washington Post:
Fears grow of humanitarian crisis in besieged Libyan city  —  Gallery: Conflict and chaos in Libya: As forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi continue attacks on rebels and international strikes begin, thousands of Libyans flee the fighting.  —  Aid organizations scrambled Wednesday …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Other McCain
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Panel on Anthrax Inquiry Finds Case Against Ivins Persuasive  —  WASHINGTON — A panel of psychiatrists who studied the medical records of Bruce E. Ivins found that the F.B.I.'s case that he mailed the anthrax letters in 2001 was persuasive, and that Dr. Ivins's decades-long history …
Discussion: Lawfare and Booman Tribune
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Let Us Count the Ways . . .  Why are many conservatives against the Libyan war?  Is it, as alleged, political opportunism — given their prior support for the 2001 and 2003 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?  —  No. Most of us support wholeheartedly our troops now that we are in …
Discussion: alicublog
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Front Page Magazine:
Why I Am Not a Neo-Conservative  —  Posted by David Horowitz …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
New Problems at Japanese Plant Subdue Optimism  —  The Japanese electricians who bravely strung wires this week to all six reactor buildings at a stricken nuclear power plant succeeded despite waves of heat and blasts of radioactive steam.  —  The restoration of electricity at the plant …
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
O'Keefe Says He Racked Up ‘Major Credit Card Debt,’ Needs To Raise $50K  —  Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe, fresh off his sting operation aimed at NPR, “must raise $50,000 quickly to keep moving forward” he said in an e-mail to supporters.  —  “Up 'til now, my friends and I have financed …
Discussion: Wonkette, News Hounds and The Raw Story
Steve Mistler / The Sun Journal:
LePage orders removal of labor mural, sparking outcry  —  AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting Maine's labor history from the lobby of the Department of Labor.  —  Worker advocates described the move as a “mean-spirited” provocation amid …
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
LePage's Office: People Complained Labor Mural Resembled “North Korea”
Discussion: Dirigo Blue and Hullabaloo
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
It's Official!  Gay Republican Running for President  —  Retired California political consultant Fred Karger will be in DC today to file his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission officially declaring his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
The Politico:
Unsustainable budget threatens nation  —  Repeated battles over the 2011 budget are taking attention from a more dire problem—the long-run budget deficit.  —  Divided government is no excuse for inaction.  The bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump again questions Obama's birthplace  —  (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to produce his birth certificate and prove he was born in the United States.  —  “I want him to show his birth certificate.
Discussion: Time, The Politico and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
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Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Caught in the act, Silvio Berlusconi's arresting bunga bunga girls
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Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
(PJM Exclusive) DOJ Memo Confirms Terrorists Have Crossed the Border
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Laura Rozen / Yahoo! News:
Averting ‘Srebrenica on steroids’: White House defends Libya operations
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Adam Garfinkle / The Middle East:
Down the Rabbit Hole  —  To all appearances, U.S. foreign policy …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Former top economist: Economic inaction ‘shameful’
Discussion: Yglesias and Taylor Marsh
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lawyers ask for review of ex-judge Camp's rulings, sentences
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog