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1:20 AM ET, March 24, 2011

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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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Ron Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and Carey's Heart  —  My daughter probably wouldn't have survived in a system where bureaucrats stifle innovation and ration care.  —  Today is the first anniversary of the greatest single assault on our freedom in my lifetime: the signing of ObamaCare.
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
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Time doesn't change views on health care law
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Senator Johnson's odd dislike of the PPACA
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?”
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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.”
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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Pajamas Media
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: Pajamas Media
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Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
Bombing near Jerusalem bus stop kills woman, 30 hurt  —  (Reuters) - A bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and The Jawa Report
Jerusalem Post:
Woman killed, dozens hurt in Jerusalem bombing
Discussion: The Politico and Biased BBC
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.
People-Press.org:
Obama Tests Well at Start of Reelection Run  —  No Frontrunner in Slow-Starting GOP Race  —  Barack Obama currently fares as well against a generic opponent in the upcoming presidential election as George W. Bush did in April 2003, a time when Bush's job approval rating was much higher than Obama's is today.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump again questions Obama's birthplace
Discussion: Time and The Politico
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
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
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 …
Discussion: First Draft
Dana Vachon / The Awl:
Arms So Freezy: Rebecca Black's “Friday” As Radical Text  —  Rebecca Black wakes somewhat too perfectly in the early scenes of her viral video, “Friday.”  Her eyes open exactly as the clock beside her bed flashes seven.  She wears full make-up.  Rare for a teen, she isn't tired, longs not for any receding dreams.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
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
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Former top economist: Economic inaction ‘shameful’  —  President Obama's former top economic advisor sharply criticized the federal government for failing to take more aggressive action against unemployment.  —  “I frankly don't understand why policy makers aren't more worried about the suffering …
Discussion: Yglesias and Taylor Marsh
Sheila Marikar / ABCNEWS:
Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79  —  Elizabeth Taylor Dies Following Hospitalization for Congestive Heart Failure  —  Oscar winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died today at Los Angeles, Calif.'s Cedars-Sinai Hospital.  She was 79-years-old.  —  “She was surrounded by her children …
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Kyodo News:
Neutron beam observed 13 times at crippled Fukushima nuke plant  —  Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.
Discussion: zero hedge and The Moderate Voice
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
If you're one of the millions of Americans still looking for a job, the federal government is hiring, and (especially for the unemployed), the pay is excellent.  While the private sector job growth creeps along at a snail's pace, the roster of available federal jobs is booming.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
So you want to hold Muslim hearings?  Here's how to do it.  —  Senator Dick Durbin has announced that he, too, is now planning hearings on American Muslims.  Unlike Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), however, Durbin wants his Senate judiciary committee hearing to focus on protecting the civil rights …
 
 
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Catherine Norris Trent / France24:
‘We are not at war,’ says Fillon
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Garth Brooks on Obama: I Love Him to Death; It's Got to Be Hell In That Office
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Fares Akram / New York Times:
Rockets From Gaza Hit Deep Into Southern Israel
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
(PJM Exclusive) DOJ Memo Confirms Terrorists Have Crossed the Border
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Fausta's Blog
Laura Rozen / Yahoo! News:
Averting ‘Srebrenica on steroids’: White House defends Libya operations
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
U.S. Jets Step Up Attacks on Gadhafi's Troops
Discussion: Bloomberg, Telegraph and Hot Air
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HE'S PROBABLY UNDERSELLING THE STATE.... The fine folks …
Discussion: Tumblr, Mediaite and Discourse.net
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Garfinkle / The Middle East:
Down the Rabbit Hole  —  To all appearances, U.S. foreign policy …
Discussion: Hot Air, Eunomia and National Review
Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lawyers ask for review of ex-judge Camp's rulings, sentences
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
Sally Kohn / American Prospect:
McCain, Lieberman, and Gadhafi Walk Into a Bar ...
Discussion: Salon, National Review and The Nation
Associated Press:
AP Interview: Kiss bassist Gene Simmons says boycotters of Israel are ‘fools’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kristol: Palin probably won't, shouldn't be nominee