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11:20 AM ET, March 24, 2011

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Bachmann to form exploratory committee in June, possibly earlier  —  Washington (CNN) - CNN has exclusively learned that Rep. Michele Bachmann will form a presidential exploratory committee.  The Minnesota Republican plans to file papers for the committee in early June, with an announcement likely around that same time.
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ABCNEWS:
Palin 2.0?  Bachmann Tells ABC News, “I'm In!”  —  Tea Party Darling Says She Wants In on Conversation, would announce by Summer or earlier.  —  Just over ten months before next February's Iowa caucuses Sarah Palin is returning from a recent trip to Israel.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bachmann rips ‘robed masters’  —  DES MOINES - Ripping judges as “black-robed masters,” Michele Bachmann praised conservative Iowans on Wednesday for sacking three members of the state Supreme after they legalized gay marriage.  —  Bachmann, speaking to a group of home school advocates …
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 …
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Pete Kenworthy / WEWS-TV:
President Barack Obama gets locked out of White House  —  Staff wasn't ready for his return  —  Last Updated: 1 hour and 48 minutes ago  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama had to try a couple of doors at the White House before finally gaining access to the Oval Office on Wednesday.
The Politico:
Unanswered questions about Libya
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Laura Rozen / Yahoo! News:
Averting ‘Srebrenica on steroids’: White House defends Libya operations
Discussion: Danger Room and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
'I'm through whining about a liberal press,' says Sarah Palin  —  Sarah Palin insists she's done complaining about the liberal media.  —  Speaking to Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Wednesday night, the former Alaska governor shrugged off what she contends is a double standard in the way conservative women are treated.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, The Daily Dish and Wonkette
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John Doyle / Globe and Mail:
How television created and then killed Sarah Palin's political prospects  —  Last I heard about Sarah Palin was contained in a story with the headline, “Sarah Palin tours India and Israel to get to grips with foreign policy.”  —  It was tempting to see this headline in itself as illuminating, if not incisive.
Discussion: Mediaite and Guardian
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.
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The Note:
The Note: Confusion Reigns In Washington As Mideast Erupts
Washington Post:
Rep. Weiner sinks meat hooks into health-care law's attackers  —  Democrats would be better off if more of them acted like Weiners.  —  As the first anniversary of the health-care law approached this week, many Democratic lawmakers went to ground, leaving unanswered Republican accusations …
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Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Anthony Weiner: Waiver might work for New York
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Weiner Says SCOTUS Will Rule Against Health Care Law, Paving Way For Public Option
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Rebel Insider Concedes Weaknesses in Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — After the uprising, the rebels stumbled as they tried to organize.  They did a poor job of defining themselves when Libyans and the outside world tried to figure out what they stood for.  And now, as they try to defeat …
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New York Times:
Campaign in Libya Could Take ‘Days or Weeks,’ France Says
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Let Us Count the Ways . . .
Discussion: alicublog
Quinnipiac University:
Ohio Voters Divided On Second Term For Obama, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Voters Like Him More Than Gov. Kasich  —  Ohio voters are split 45 - 46 percent on whether President Barack Obama deserves a second term, but they favor him over an unnamed Republican 2012 challenger 41 …
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.
Steve Inskeep / Wall Street Journal:
Liberal Bias at NPR?  —  Surveys show that millions of conservatives choose NPR, even with powerful conservative alternatives on the radio.  —  On the day NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller lost her job, I was reporting from Egypt.  That evening, I had dinner with employees from NPR's Cairo bureau.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Da Techguy / Da Techguy's Blog:
Why Trump's Birth Certificate statement will resonate  —  ...in three sentences.  —  My wife is starting a new job, we will be getting new insurance because of it.  We are REQUIRED to provide not only our marriage certificate but the long form copies of the birth certificates of both of our children.
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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Rights Are Curtailed for Terror Suspects  —  New rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
Libyan rebels appear to take leaf from Kadafi's playbook  —  Opposition officials in Benghazi, whose wide sweeps to detain alleged Kadafi supporters have drawn criticism, take journalists on a tightly controlled tour of detention centers.  Many detainees say they're immigrant workers and deny fighting for Kadafi.
Discussion: Yglesias and Eunomia
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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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Gingrich: No Flip-Flop in My Libya Positions
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 …
Discussion: EconLog
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 …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Business groups press Treasury to shift on corporate tax holiday  —  A coalition of American-based corporations calling for a tax holiday on overseas profits say the Obama administration is looking at the issue from the wrong perspective.  —  The question, they say, is not whether …
Jon Clifton / Gallup:
Worldwide Approval of U.S. Leadership Tops Major Powers  —  U.S. also remains top desired destination for potential migrants  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States continues to achieve higher global approval ratings than China, Russia, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and The Politico
 
 
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Javier C. Hernandez / City Room:
Council Votes to Rename Queensboro Bridge for Koch
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
New York Times:
Discord Among Allies
Discussion: msnbc.com and Swampland
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
States Pass Budget Pain to Cities
Discussion: The Page
Washington Post:
National to add second controller overnight after tower goes silent
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Same-sex marriage stays on hold for Prop. 8 appeal
Discussion: Law Blog and Truthdig
Nick Pisa / Daily Mail:
Caught in the act, Silvio Berlusconi's arresting bunga bunga girls
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Clusterstock
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Fears grow of humanitarian crisis in besieged Libyan city
Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Durbin is wrong about Muslim rights
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Atlas Shrugs
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Panel on Anthrax Inquiry Finds Case Against Ivins Persuasive
Discussion: Lawfare and Booman Tribune
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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Discussion: Wonkette, News Hounds and The Raw Story