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11:35 AM ET, March 25, 2011

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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
‘Have You No Sense of Decency?’  The Wm.  Cronon Story  —  BEIJING, China.  I don't mean to keep butting in and have just a minute to type this out, but I think it's important to direct attention to a new abuse of power underway in Wisconsin.  —  William Cronon (right), whom I know very slightly …
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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 …
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?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee Has Slight Edge, Palin Down, in GOP '12 Preferences  —  Romney, Palin would tie if Huckabee does not run  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mike Huckabee tops a large list of potential GOP presidential candidates in current support for the party's 2012 nomination, with 19% of Republicans saying they are most likely to back him.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's path: Victory by ‘slog’  —  Mitt Romney is sketching a path to the GOP nomination that looks nothing like the one blazed by Republicans before him.  —  Romney's plan, by necessity, more closely resembles the outline of the epic 2008 Democratic presidential primary than the GOP's recent victory-by-early-knockout design.
Discussion: The Note, msnbc.com, GOP 12 and The Page
Charles Krauthammer / Orange County Register:
The professor's war … President Obama is proud of how he put together the Libyan operation.  A model of international cooperation.  All the necessary paperwork.  Arab League backing.  A Security Council resolution.  (Everything but a resolution from the Congress of the United States …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Betsy's Page
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Libya Farce Goes to 11  —  It is getting hard to keep track of the many farcical dimensions of the Libya enterprise without a scorecard.  The hypocrisy of our anti-war President and say-anything Vice President set a new land speed record even among politicians.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Lamestream Media: Reload or White Flag?  —  “Let's keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots.  Call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving.  No one ever won a game only playing defense.”
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sarah Palin hits back at ‘annoying little mosquito’ Bill Maher
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
CBO: Taxing mileage a ‘practical option’ for revenue enhancement  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs …
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
New York Times:
Japan Quietly Evacuating a Wider Radius From Reactors  —  TOKYO — Japanese officials on Friday began quietly encouraging people to evacuate a larger swath of territory around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a sign that they hold little hope that the crippled facility will soon be brought under control.
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New York Times:
Allies Are Split on Goal and Exit Strategy in Libya  —  WASHINGTON — Having largely succeeded in stopping a rout of Libya's rebels, the inchoate coalition attacking Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces remains divided over the ultimate goal — and exit strategy — of what officials acknowledged Thursday …
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Connie Mack will NOT run for U.S. Senate  —  U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV won't run for U.S. Senate.  —  “I've got two small children and it's hard enough to get to spend a lot of good quality time now.  I have a wife.  They are all very important to me and at the end of the day family has to be number one …
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The handoff on Libya  —  U.S. hands off Libya no-fly enforcement to NATO ... United Arab Emirates to contribute planes ... What about Syria ... The White House's shuts out TV cameras ... What the Census numbers say about importance of Latinos in politics ... An Iowa cattle call …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann bid could shake up GOP field
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama fails to grasp the gravity of going to war  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  “I see Obama's visiting the United States,” said Rush Limbaugh on Thursday, the president's first full day back in Washington after a spring break diplomatic tour of Latin America.
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Washington Post:
Pressure building on Obama to clarify mission in Libya
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Austerity Delusion  —  Portugal's government has just fallen in a dispute over austerity proposals.  Irish bond yields have topped 10 percent for the first time.  And the British government has just marked its economic forecast down and its deficit forecast up.  —  What do these events have in common?
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Woops, Newt Did It Again: Trying To Defend Libya Flip-Flop, Gingrich Reverses Himself On Air Power  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich went on Fox News last night to “attempt[] to clarify [his] stance on Libya,” as Fox itself put it, but only ran into more trouble.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kucinich: No intent to seek impeachment of Obama over Libya  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is denying any plans to seek the impeachment of President Obama over the U.S. involvement in Libya.  —  Kucinich recently raised the question of whether Obama could be impeached for leading the U.S …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
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National Review:
We Do Declare  —  Libya and the United States Constitution
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Dems: We'll win back the Senate  —  Demonstrators yell as Gov. Scott Walker arrives at Empire Bucket in Hudson, Wis., Tuesday, March 15, 2011.  ((David Joles/AP)) Twenty days into a recall campaign spurred by the state's rollicking budget fight, Wisconsin Democrats are now predicting …
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Washington Post:
Social Security splinters Democrats in debate over reining in budget deficits
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Millions of Female Employees Can Sue Walmart  —  Current and Former Employees Allege Sex Discrimination  —  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that pits Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, against millions of former …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
And While We're on the Subject of Reuters...  This is from a just-released Reuters news analysis of President Obama's alleged travails: … This, of course, is wildly inaccurate and misleading.  Say what you will about the second Iraq war, but George W. Bush made partnerships with many nations …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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: Booman Tribune and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
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Rep. Steve King / The Politico:
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Lobbyists' Long Effort to Revive Nuclear Industry Faces New Test
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Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Krauthammer: Obama's “Working On Language That Will Disguise A Failure” In Libya
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
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Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Sex outside marriage should be illegal, says Parnell nominee
Chris Brown / Media Matters for America:
John Lott's Mysteriously Changing Blog Post
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Urgent leak investigation needed
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
The Real Death Panel: If ‘Obamacare’ Repealed, Some Patients Can't Go Back
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
CNN Contributor Accuses Obama Of “Manufacturing” Libya Crisis To Help Re-Election; Blames “Women Drivers”
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes