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7:30 PM 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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Adam Sorensen / Swampland:
Bachmann 2012: Good for the Media, Bad for the GOP  —  Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann is now threatening us with the idea of exploring a Presidential race, it was announced today.  Well first, enough with the exploratory committees.  They are a tired gimmick in Presidential races.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   CONFIRMED: Obama Locked Out of White House (Video)
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House fires back at Boehner; Libya delay would have ‘cost lives’
Discussion: The Politico
NECN:   Video: Barack Obama gets ‘locked out’ of White House
David Weigel / Weigel:
Donald Trump Wants to See Barack Obama's Long-Form Birth Certificate  —  I keep trying to get out... they keep pulling me back in.  I'm not a regular watcher of the View, so I originally missed the lengthy, mind-boggling discussion that its hosts had with Donald Trump over Trump's belief …
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
Introducing the $184.27 Donald J. Trump Challenge  —  Donald J. Trump, star of a ratings-challenged primetime show that has become the “dumping ground” for washed-up reality television talent, wants us to believe that he's ready to pump $600 million of his own money into a campaign for president.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Kinetic military action’ or ‘war’?
Discussion: Gawker
Jack Goldsmith / Lawfare:
The Legal Reason Why the Obama Administration Won't Call the Libya Action “War”
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.
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.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Former aide to Sen. Ensign indicted  —  A former aide to retiring Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating conflict of interest laws.  —  The Justice Department announced the indictment late Thursday, which charges Doug Hampton with seven counts …
Discussion: The Politico
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Evan Perez / Washington Wire:   Former Ensign Aide Charged With Violating Conflict of Interest Laws
Juan / Informed Comment:
Top Ten Accomplishments of the UN No-Fly Zone  —  1. The participation of the Muslim world in the United Nations no-fly zone over Libya has been underlined.  The measure was called for by the Arab League, which has not in fact changed its mind about its desirability.
Discussion: CNN and FP Passport
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
It Begins... Unions Use Images of OKC Bombing in Collective Bargaining Ads  —  They will stop at nothing...  The International Association of Firefighters is using tasteless images from the Oklahoma City Bombing to fight a state bill which changes how public safety labor unions and cities handle contract disputes.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Hugs From Libyans  —  This may be a first for the Arab world: An American airman who bailed out over Libya was rescued from his hiding place in a sheep pen by villagers who hugged him, served him juice and thanked him effusively for bombing their country.  —  Even though some villagers …
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 …
Elizabeth Taylor / Salon:
Paglia on Taylor: “A luscious, opulent, ripe fruit!”  —  Camille Paglia considers the “volcanic” Elizabeth Taylor — and all the unworthy starlets who could never match up … I remember reading your essay on Elizabeth Taylor from Penthouse in 1992 (it appeared in the collection “Sex, Art …
JSOnline:
Appeals panel: Supreme Court should take up collective bargaining law  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — A state appeals panel said Thursday a case over a new collective bargaining should go directly to the state Supreme Court.  —  The move puts the issue squarely …
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 and Wonkette
Juli Weiner / Vanity Fair:
Missing: Newt Gingrich's Tweets Before July 2010  —  Newt Gingrich—presidential contender, friend of polar bears, opponent/supporter of the invasion in Libya—is a simple man drawn to simple pleasures.  Long before launching his exploratory committee, he frequently chronicled his life's joys on his Twitter feed.
Mark K. Matthews / Chicago Tribune:
NASA still ordered to waste $1.4 million a day  —  WASHINGTON — Congress has again failed to rid a temporary spending bill of language forcing NASA to waste $1.4 million a day on its defunct Constellation moon program.  —  Though Congress passed a new stopgap spending bill last week …
Courier-Journal:
Rand Paul presidential run may hinge on dad's decision  —  Rand Paul talks about Lybia, Presidential run, oth...  Rand Paul's opening remarks to Louisville Rotary C...  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appeared to inch closer to a 2012 presidential run Thursday morning.
Discussion: CNN, Cubachi and Ballot Box
Wall Street Journal:
Forced Into Medicare  —  A federal judge tells seniors to take it or lose Social Security.  —  This week marks the first anniversary of ObamaCare, and if you are wondering where that coercive law is headed, we'd point to a case in federal court.  That's where Judge Rosemary Collyer has ruled …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
The Real Death Panel: If ‘Obamacare’ Repealed, Some Patients Can't Go Back  —  If the health care reform law were to disappear tomorrow, Dallas Wiens would be in trouble.  —  Earlier this week, in a 15-hour procedure, Boston surgeons grafted a donor's face onto Wiens' skull.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Dept. of ingratitude  —  The dreaded Koch family gave the DSCC $30,000 last cycle, but that's no defense from this, in a fundraising email from Harry Reid, headlined “Koch Brothers”: … Full email after the jump.  —  Dear xxxx,  —  We should be trying to put Americans back to work, not trying to put public radio out of business.
Cameron Joseph / NationalJournal.com:
Census: Nation Now 16% Hispanic  —  The Hispanic population surged 43% in the last decade and Hispanics now make up more than 16% of the nation's population, according to just-released Census figures.  —  The surge in Hispanics' share of the population, larger than demographers initially had expected …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
CNN Contributor Accuses Obama Of “Manufacturing” Libya Crisis To Help Reelection; Blames “Women Drivers”  —  I wonder how long someone who claimed in March of 2003 that President Bush had manufactured the Iraq war in order to win re-election would have remained employed as a CNN contributor?
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
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.
 
 
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Joao Lima / Bloomberg:
Portuguese Parliament Rejects Government's Austerity Plan to Trim Deficit
Discussion: Big Peace
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The triumph of coal marketing
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mother Jones
Mark Thompson / Swampland:
Just Who Are These Libyan Rebels?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mother Jones
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Rep. Connie Mack IV Set to Make Senate Announcement
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
Washington Post:
Clarity on Libya eludes some potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates
Agence France Presse:
Former US president seeks N. Korea trip: official
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Sam Roberts / City Room:
Triangle Fire: New Leaders Emerge
Discussion: New York Times
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Meghan McCain / Yahoo! News:
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
State-Level Anti-Stimulus  —  Atrios says “All the various cuts …
Jon Ward / Reuters:
2012 Elections: Republican Anxiety Building Over Crop Of Candidates
Mike Brownfield / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: Detroit's Liberal Nightmare
Discussion: Detroit News
Chris Hawley / Associated Press:
Brawl over spaghetti in NYC subway ignites debate