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2:35 AM ET, March 25, 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
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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The Politico:
No plans for Oval Office Libya speech
Discussion: Hot Air and Flopping Aces
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
JSOnline:
Appeals panel says Supreme Court should take up collective bargaining law  —  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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Philly.com
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Thomas Harding / Telegraph:
Libya: Gaddafi loyalists in Ajdabiya ‘seeking to surrender’  —  Forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi were said to be in negotiations to surrender to rebel troops in what could be a significant turning point in the conflict, it was reported on Thursday night.  —  A rebel commander …
Discussion: Informed Comment
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.
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.
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Sex outside marriage should be illegal, says Parnell nominee  —  Don Haase was active for years as advocate for socially conservative issues.  —  rmauer@adn.com  —  JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell's appointee for the panel that nominates state judges testified Wednesday that he would like to …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Al Gore: House GOP majority mirrors ‘dark days’ of Bush administration  —  The former vice president made a fundraising pitch for the DCCC ahead of March 31 fundraising goal of $1 million.  —  Former Vice President Al Gore is asking Democratic activists to send donations to House Democrats' campaign arm …
 
 
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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?
Discussion: Mother Jones
Fareed Zakaria / Time:
Obama's Libya War Challenge: Limit U.S. Military Mission
Discussion: Guardian
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Kinetic military action’ or ‘war’?
Discussion: Gawker
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:
Dept. of ingratitude  —  The dreaded Koch family gave …
Yuval Levin / Time:
Freedom Is Too Good for Hinckley  —  It's been 30 years since …
Discussion: Lean Left, FishbowlDC and The Politico
 

 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's Eddy Cue has pushed TV+ studio chiefs to exert more control over budgets, hoping to change Apple's reputation as the biggest spender in town

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

 
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