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11:45 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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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
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann bid could shake up GOP field
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 prime-time 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
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.
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Kate Golden / WisconsinWatch.org:
Indiana prosecutor resigns over Walker email  —  Initially denied encouraging Wisconsin violence  —  Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism  —  This is an updated version.  Read the Center's original version here.  —  An Indiana deputy prosecutor and Republican activist resigned Thursday …
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
CNN Contributor Accuses Obama Of “Manufacturing” Libya Crisis To Help Re-Election; 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
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Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Few Americans see Obama as strong military leader  —  (Reuters) - Only 17 percent of Americans see President Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the United States and its allies began bombing Libya.
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 and Weasel Zippers
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Urgent leak investigation needed  —  A serious leak of classified information has just taken place — which, as we all know, is a dastardly crime for which the harshest punishment is merited.  To make matters even more grave, this time the unauthorized disclosure has taken place during A Time of War …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 Note and The Politico
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Evan Perez / Washington Wire:   Former Ensign Aide Charged With Violating Conflict of Interest Laws
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 …
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Miranda is Obama's latest victim  —  One of the central pledges of Barack Obama's campaign was that — as he put it early in his presidency — the Bush administration had gone wildly wrong because it “established an ad hoc legal approach for fighting terrorism that was neither effective nor sustainable …
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Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Rights Are Curtailed for Terror Suspects
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
G.E.'s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether  —  General Electric, the nation's largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.  —  The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.  —  Its American tax bill?
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.
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.
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 …
Patrick Brendel / The American Independent:
Impending decision by D.C. judge has implications for voter ID in Texas  —  Though Republican lawmakers remain unswayed by Texas Democrats' arguments that disenfranchising minority voters should outweigh unsubstantiated fears of polling place voter impersonation — the U.S. Department of Justice …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Off the Kuff
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.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Gaddafi's entourage sends out secret peace feelers  —  (Reuters) - Members of Muammar Gaddafi's entourage are putting out feelers to seek a ceasefire or safe passage from Libya, according to U.S. and European officials and a businessman close to the Libyan leadership.
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 …
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 …
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
Conor McEvily / SCOTUSblog:
Ask the Author: Interview with Ross Guberman  —  Oxford University Press recently released Ross Guberman's new book, Point Made.  Through an empirical approach that draws heavily on the writings of the country's fifty most influential lawyers, the book shows how the nation's top advocates write.
 
 
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Joao Lima / Bloomberg:
Portuguese Parliament Rejects Government's Austerity Plan to Trim Deficit
Discussion: Big Peace
Mark Thompson / Swampland:
Just Who Are These Libyan Rebels?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
Obama's Libya War Challenge: Limit U.S. Military Mission
Discussion: Guardian
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Rep. Connie Mack IV Set to Make Senate Announcement
Discussion: TPMDC
Courier-Journal:
Rand Paul presidential run may hinge on dad's decision
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Agence France Presse:
Former US president seeks N. Korea trip: official
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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