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3:45 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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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.
Kate Golden / WisconsinWatch.org:
Indiana prosecutor resigns over Walker email
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
Discussion: GigaOM and Climate Progress
Associated Press:
Dangerous breach suspected at Japanese nuke plant
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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Radio Iowa:
Senator Grassley says it's too early to make a presidential pick  —  Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it's still too early for him to pick a favorite among the many possible presidential candidates making the rounds in Iowa.  Grassley, a Republican, says he first needs to know where the candidates stand …
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Sam Roecker / Iowa Democratic Party:
Grassley on the GOP Field: “Only two or three of them are qualified to be president”
Discussion: The Hill, Slate and Outside the Beltway
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?
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
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 …
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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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.
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
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Against The F-Word  —  During a debate over neoconservatism, Damon Linker insists that the ideology isn't fascistic: … Agreed (but one needs to recall Leo Strauss's early love affair with Mussolini and his contempt for what he saw as decadent liberal democracy).
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Speech Obama Hasn't Given  —  What are we doing in Libya?  Americans deserve an explanation.  —  It all seems rather mad, doesn't it?  The decision to become involved militarily in the Libyan civil war couldn't take place within a less hospitable context.
Anthony Man / Broward Politics:
Former Congressman Ron Klein won't challenge Allen West in next year's election  —  Former U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, won't attempt to regain the congressional seat next year that he lost in the 2010 election to Republican Allen West.  —  “I'm not planning on running in [20]12,” …
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 …
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
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Ford Stops Making Black Vehicles (Briefly)  —  Natural disasters in Japan have lessened the supply of pigments necessary to make black paint.  —  WSJ ("Reverse Model T: Some Fords Won't Be Painted Black"): … The DC area will be particularly hard hit, as being in a large …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama tries to bring Congress in on Libya, will speak publicly  —  After days of intense criticism for not effectively communicating his goals in Libya, President Obama reached out to lawmakers by conference call Friday to “update” them on the operations and will speak publicly about the mission soon.
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Associated Press:
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