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4:45 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.
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: Weasel Zippers
NECN:   Video: Barack Obama gets ‘locked out’ of White House
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’?  —  Police action, conflict, hostilities and now “kinetic military action.”  They're all euphemisms for that word that this White House and many before it have been so careful not to say: War.  —  Administration officials told congressional aides …
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: Wonkette, ABCNEWS and CNN
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John Doyle / Globe and Mail:
How television created and then killed Sarah Palin's political prospects
Discussion: Mediaite and Guardian
Meghan McCain / Yahoo! News:
Decision 2012: Charlie Sheen vs. Sarah Palin
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 …
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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Romney's Ask: Raise $50 Million  —  About 100 fund-raisers gathered at Manhattan's venerated Harvard Club this morning to hear former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lay out his ambition: Raise $50 million fast.  —  One Romney fundraiser said the $50 million figure was what the governor wanted …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Caucus
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The Note:
The Note: Confusion Reigns In Washington As Mideast Erupts
Discussion: Bloomberg, Time and Outside the Beltway
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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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.
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: The Daily Dish and 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 …
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 …
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.
Suleiman al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Assad offers freedoms after forces kill 37  —  (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public pledge to look into granting Syrians greater freedom on Thursday as anger mounted following attacks by security forces on protesters that left at least 37 dead.
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.
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 and Ballot Box
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.
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
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Former US president seeks N. Korea trip: official  —  SEOUL — Former US President Jimmy Carter intends to visit North Korea in an apparent bid to help ease acute cross-border tensions, South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday.  —  Seoul is “paying attention to Carter's plan to visit North Korea …
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
David Weigel / Slate:
Because We Say So  —  How Republicans are explaining the constitutionality of every bill they introduce.  —  Last week's House vote to ban federal funds for NPR was a Republican slam dunk—mostly.  Seven members of the party voted against the bill, and at least one did so on constitutional grounds …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and AmSpecBlog
Wall Street Journal:
Yemeni President Nears Deal to Resign  —  By MARGARET COKER in Abu Dhabi and HAKIM ALMASMARI in San'a, Yemen  —  Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the country's top general are hashing out a political settlement in which both men would resign from their positions within days in favor …
Discussion: YID With LID and Clusterstock
 
 
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Mike Brownfield / The Foundry:
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
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Chris Hawley / Associated Press:
Brawl over spaghetti in NYC subway ignites debate
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Emotional voter ID bill debate ends in passage
Discussion: Greg's Opinion and UrbanGrounds
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Ohio's Governor Moves Against Unions
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
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Discussion: Law Blog and AmSpecBlog
Washington Post:
Rep. Weiner sinks meat hooks into health-care law's attackers