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12:20 PM 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
My Worlds Collide  —  This is a bizarre, ugly turn of events.  And for me it's a little weird because of the people involved.  I just found out about it from TPM Reader AS.  —  Bill Cronon — or William Cronon, as I think of him — is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin.
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.
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
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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
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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Associated Press:
Dangerous breach suspected at Japanese nuke plant
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Dick Armey says Mitch Daniels would have 2012 tea party cred  —  Mitch Daniels, an establishment GOP favorite, could also have real tea party appeal, former House Majorrity Leader Dick Armey says.  —  Armey, who heads the tea party promoting group FreedomWorks, met with Daniels in Indiana Thursday …
Discussion: Indianapolis Star and CNN
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Daniels: I'm still undecided about running for White House
Discussion: GOP 12
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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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?
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Haley Barbour known for fundraising talent and tactics  —  Mississippi's GOP governor, a possible presidential candidate, raked in massive amounts in campaign donations as chairman of the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association.  Some question his methods.
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Does Pawlenty Have a Sharia Problem?  —  Pawlenty's effort to expand Muslim homeownership could hurt him in the GOP primary.  —  Abid Lakhani wanted to buy a home.  —  Unfortunately, as an observant Muslim, his options were limited.  Many Muslims hold that the paying or charging of interest …
 
 
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