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2:10 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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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.
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, Wonkette and The Daily Dish
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.
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
Meghan McCain / Yahoo! News:
Decision 2012: Charlie Sheen vs. Sarah Palin
The Note:
The Note: Confusion Reigns In Washington As Mideast Erupts
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
CNN: Bachmann to form committee for White House bid
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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The White House:
Aboard Air Force One, En Route Andrews Air Force Base  —  MR. CARNEY: Okay, good afternoon, everyone.  We have no opening statements, but I have with me again today Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and Dan Restrepo, who is the Senior Director …
The Politico:
Unanswered questions about Libya
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Washington Post:
Fears grow of humanitarian crisis in besieged Libyan city
New York Times:
Discord Among Allies
Discussion: Swampland and msnbc.com
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)
Discussion: NECN
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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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.
Suleiman al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Assad offers freedoms after forces kill 37  —  DERAA, Syria (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad made an unprecedented pledge of greater freedom and more prosperity to Syrians Thursday as anger mounted following a crackdown on protesters that left at least 37 dead.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Associated Press:
Under pressure, Syria says more freedom possible
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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: FP Passport
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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 …
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.
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.
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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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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
State-Level Anti-Stimulus  —  Atrios says “All the various cuts that our horrible new Republican governors are trying to implement aren't just going to make the residents of their states suffer, they're also going to work against the macroeconomy.”  —  I don't really think that's true.
Chris Hawley / Associated Press:
Brawl over spaghetti in NYC subway ignites debate … NEW YORK (AP) — The city's subway riders can handle panhandlers, rats and tuneless street musicians.  But eating spaghetti in a crowded subway car?  Well, that's just going too far.  —  An Internet video that shows New Yorkers brawling …
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
A Surprising Snapshot  —  Among common impressions of the current Supreme Court are that Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are joined at the hip and that the majority tilts reflexively in favor of corporations and employers.  —  As the court heads into the current term's final three months, I looked at the statistics.
Discussion: Law Blog and AmSpecBlog
 
 
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Elizabeth Taylor / Salon:
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Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Daily Dish
Louise Bagshawe / Telegraph:
A family slaughtered in Israel - doesn't the BBC care?
Discussion: Israel Matzav and National Review
Maggie O'Brien / Omaha World-Herald:
Suttle unrolls toilet paper tax
Discussion: CNN and International Liberty
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2012 Elections: Republican Anxiety Building Over Crop Of Candidates
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Americans ‘okay’ with a mosque in their community
Discussion: The Politico
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Ohio's Governor Moves Against Unions
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
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Pamela Geller / The Daily Caller:
Durbin is wrong about Muslim rights
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