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5:40 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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Paul Krugman:
Academic Intimidation  —  Regular readers may recall my praise for William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, a great book that had a big influence on my work in economic geography.  Cronon has inspired many other people; Josh Marshall was deeply influenced by his environmental history of New England.
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.
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 …
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Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Why Obama's Libya war coalition is the smallest in decades
The Hill:
Obama calls Congress to ‘update’ lawmakers on Libya mission
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
In Defense of ‘Dithering’  —  Five years ago a young politician …
Discussion: Reuters and Front Row Washington
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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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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty shut down Islam-friendly mortgage program  —  Adam Serwer wrote today about a Minnesota program that offered mortgages compliant with Islamic law, structured to avoid interest payments.  The program was a response to then-Governor Tim Pawlenty's push to increase minority home-ownership …
Discussion: Wonkette
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
New York Times:
Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area  —  TOKYO — Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger swath of territory around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Friday as new signs emerged that parts of the crippled facility are so damaged and contaminated …
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CNN:
Japan reactor core may be leaking radioactive material, official says
CBC News:
Election looms as government falls  —  Beginning of Story Content  —  It's official — the government has fallen from power, clearing the way for a spring election.  —  The opposition Liberals, NDP and Bloc Québécois came together Friday afternoon in a historic vote …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Reuters:
Canadian government falls, election set for May
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Bob Herbert to Leave The Times  —  Bob Herbert, a columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page, is leaving the paper after nearly 20 years.  —  Mr. Herbert's resignation was announced in a memo to Times staff members on Friday.  His last column will appear in the paper on Saturday.
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?
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?
The Right Sphere:
On The Huffington Post, Cowardice, And The Ad Hominem Attack  —  After a brief but apparently loud “protest” of sorts, The Huffington Post caved to the extortionist tactics of Van Jones' Color of Change organization.  It seems the organization had people make 43,000 phone calls to HuffPo headquarters.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Huffington Post Wimps Out on Breitbart
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 …
Washington Post:
Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away  —  Graphic: View how demographics in your neighborhood have changed over time.  —  The number of African Americans residing in the District plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, with blacks on the verge …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... On Fox News this morning, Bill Hemmer, after some gratuitous shots at President Obama, asked Sen. John McCain about U.S. policy in Libya, most notably who would replace Gadhafi if McCain gets his wish about regime change. … McCain then changed the subject, letting viewers know that the rebels have a website.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Arizona Sheriff Arpaio and Steven Seagal send in the tanks to bust up chickens  —  America has gone crazy!  Well, Arizona certainly leads the way to bizzaro land with the actions of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  And is there such a thing as Action Star Steven Seagal anymore?
Discussion: The Impolitic and Mediaite
New York Times:
F.B.I. Memorandum  —  Below is the text of an unsigned, internal F.B.I. memorandum, obtained by The New York Times, that provides guidance to agents about when, in the course of interrogating a terrorism suspect, they should advise the suspect of his so-called Miranda rights to remain silent …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Anti-Union Push Picks Up Steam On Capitol Hill  —  In the next several days, the state-level fight between Democrats and Republicans over unions will go federal.  House Republicans want to re-establish old rules which say that when aviation or rail workers don't vote in unionization elections …
Discussion: AFL-CIO NOW BLOG and Daily Kos
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt  —  CAIRO — In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals.
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 …
 
 
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