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6:20 AM ET, March 25, 2011

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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
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann bid could shake up GOP field
Associated Press:
Adviser: Bachmann likely to enter WH race
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Bachmann to form exploratory committee in June, possibly earlier
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
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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BBC:
Nato takes over Libya no-fly zone
Discussion: The Page and Truthdig
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Libya: Gaddafi loyalists in Ajdabiya ‘seeking to surrender’
Discussion: Informed Comment
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 …
Associated Press:
US pressures allies to command Libya mission  —  WASHINGTON — Anxious to reduce its front-line air combat role in Libya, the Obama administration pressed Thursday for allies who first pushed for the campaign to come up with a workable alternative.  —  U.S. officials said the leadership handoff …
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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
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The stupid saga of Andrew Breitbart and the Huffington Post  —  So!  Arianna Huffington — recently put in charge of all the “content” at AOL following the dial-up ISP's acquisition of her former “liberal Drudge” Internet newspaper — gave a blog to her old friend Andrew Breitbart.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Huffington Post Wimps Out on Breitbart
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?
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 sends collective bargaining law to state Supreme Court  —  Open meetings dispute keeps Wisconsin law from going into effect  —  By Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — The fight over a new collective bargaining law now sits 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
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: Off the Kuff and Balloon Juice
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
Chris Brown / Media Matters for America:
John Lott's Mysteriously Changing Blog Post  —  John Lott has taken to his website to respond to a recent post of mine pointing out two misleading claims he made about the Obama Administration.  Lott now accuses me of misquoting what he wrote in a March 18 Big Government post.
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Krauthammer: Obama's “Working On Language That Will Disguise A Failure” In Libya  —  Obama may be the first American President who has refused the title, “Leader of the Free World.”  He is not interested in being Commander in Chief.  These traditional presidential roles are all a distraction for him.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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.
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
China sentences democracy activist to 10 years  —  BEIJING - A longtime Chinese democracy activist was sentenced Friday to a heavy penalty of 10 years in prison for advocating government change in online articles that authorities say slandered Communist Party leadership as autocratic.
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.
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 …
Bryan Fischer / RenewAmerica:
Islam and the First Amendment: privileges but not rights  —  Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”  —  The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity.  They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam.
Kyodo News:
High radiation leak suggests damage to No. 3 reactor vessel: agency  —  A high-level radiation leak detected Thursday at one of six troubled reactors at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant indicates possible damage to the reactor's vessel, pipes or valves, the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Friday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Clusterstock
 
 
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Sex outside marriage should be illegal, says Parnell nominee
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Joao Lima / Bloomberg:
Portuguese Parliament Rejects Government's Austerity Plan to Trim Deficit
Discussion: Big Peace and BBC
Mark Thompson / Swampland:
Just Who Are These Libyan Rebels?
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
Obama's Libya War Challenge: Limit U.S. Military Mission
Discussion: News Desk and Guardian
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Courier-Journal:
Rand Paul presidential run may hinge on dad's decision
Discussion: Cubachi, CNN and Ballot Box
Agence France Presse:
Former US president seeks N. Korea trip: official
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Forced Into Medicare  —  A federal judge tells seniors to take it or lose Social Security.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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