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3:45 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.
The Note:
The Note: Confusion Reigns In Washington As Mideast Erupts
Discussion: Bloomberg, Time and Outside the Beltway
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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The White House:
Aboard Air Force One, En Route Andrews Air Force Base
The Politico:
Unanswered questions about Libya
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Right Wing News
Washington Post:
Fears grow of humanitarian crisis in besieged Libyan city
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
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
Dan Gainor / Media Research Center:
Unreported Soros Event Aims to Remake Entire Global Economy  —  Left-wing billionaire's own experts dominate quiet push for ‘a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.’  —  Two years ago, George Soros said he wanted to reorganize the entire global economic system.
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.
Mike Brownfield / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: Detroit's Liberal Nightmare  —  What happens when a city buys the liberal dream hook, line and sinker?  Just take a look at the City of Detroit.  The once-great city lost 237,493 residents over the last decade according to the 2010 Census, bringing it to 713,777 - a population plunge of 25%.
Discussion: Detroit News
Yuval Levin / Time:
Freedom Is Too Good for Hinckley  —  It's been 30 years since John W. Hinckley Jr. stood outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on a gray, misty day and tried to kill the President of the United States with a .22 caliber that he'd loaded with six Devastator bullets, designed to explode on impact.
Discussion: The Politico and FishbowlDC
 
 
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Potential Senate primary rival blasts ex-N.M. Rep. Wilson as ‘moderate-type’
Tammie Fields / Tampa Bay Fl News:
Former KKK leader and Lakes Wales mayoral candidate Paul Rogers speaks
Discussion: Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Forced Into Medicare  —  A federal judge tells seniors to take it or lose Social Security.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Military indoctrinated on gays kissing, behavior
Suleiman al-Khalidi / Reuters:
Assad offers freedoms after forces kill 37
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Boehner Presses Obama on Libya Action
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Ward / Reuters:
2012 Elections: Republican Anxiety Building Over Crop Of Candidates
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Americans ‘okay’ with a mosque in their community
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
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
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
Libyan rebels appear to take leaf from Kadafi's playbook
Washington Post:
Rep. Weiner sinks meat hooks into health-care law's attackers
 

 
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Messaging app Signal finally rolls out usernames in beta, letting users conceal their phone numbers; Signal still requires inputting a phone number to register

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Authorities arrest two LockBit operators in Poland and Ukraine, issue arrest warrants and a decryption tool, seize 200+ crypto wallets; US indicts two Russians

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Gary Geaves, Apple's longtime VP in charge of acoustics, is stepping down, replaced by Ruchir Davé, adding to the hardware engineering group's upheaval

 
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