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1:25 PM ET, March 26, 2011

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Telegraph:
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links  —  Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.  —  Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought …
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New York Times:
Qaddafi Forces Pull Back as Rebels Retake Ajdabiya  —  AJDABIYA, Libya — Rebels seized Ajdabiya on Saturday, government and rebel forces said, succeeding in an effort to retake this key town in the east following another night of allied air strikes against forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Peter King will support more funds for military operations in Libya  —  The top-ranking Republican on homeland security issues in the House said he would support President Obama if he had to request more money from Congress to continue U.S. military operations in Libya.
Discussion: CNN
Bruce Ackerman / Foreign Policy:
Obama's Unconstitutional War
Discussion: Althouse, Eunomia, Firedoglake and The Hill
Keith Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers Arming Libyan Rebels
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Losing Our Way  —  So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.
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T. A. Frank / Washington Monthly:
Why Is Bob Herbert Boring?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Media Matters' war against Fox  —  David Brock described Media Matters' campaign against Fox as ‘guerrilla warfare and sabotage.’  —  The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of …
JSOnline:
Collective bargaining law published despite restraining order  —  Fitzgerald, Barca disagree on whether law goes into effect Saturday  —  By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker's legislation limiting collective bargaining …
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin: Anti-Union Bill Published Despite Restraining Order
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IS A LOOMING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN UNAVOIDABLE?.... Last week, facing the latest in a series of deadlines, there was bipartisan support for another budget extension, funding the federal government through April 8.  It gave policymakers three weeks to craft a deal that would finance the rest of the fiscal year …
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Impasse Increasing Risk of U.S. Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — With time running short and budget negotiations this week having reached an angry impasse, Congressional leaders are growing increasingly pessimistic about reaching a bipartisan deal that would avert a government shutdown in early April.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Sen. Chuck Schumer: ‘Some progress’ on a budget
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Libyan Woman Struggles to Tell media of Her Rape  —  Qaddafi's human shields were unable to help her … She was taken away by security with the foreign minister later implying “her reports of abuse were “fantasies.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libyan Woman Struggles to Tell Media of Her Rape
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
In Prison for Taking a Liar Loan  —  A few weeks ago, when the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Angelo Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide, I wrote a column lamenting the fact that none of the big fish were likely to go to prison for their roles in the financial crisis.
BBC:
Honduras drops arrest warrants for ousted Manuel Zelaya  —  Mr Zelaya denies he planned to change the constitution to allow his re-election  —  A Supreme Court judge in Honduras has dismissed three arrest warrants for former President Manuel Zelaya.  —  The move allows Mr Zelaya …
Discussion: PoliBlog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Ferraro  —  Geraldine Ferraro, the New York Congresswoman who was the first woman and first Italian-American on a major party ticket, has died at 75, her family said in a statement:  —  Geraldine Anne Ferraro Zaccaro was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those without a voice.
Discussion: Mediaite and Conservatives4Palin
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: 'Its Entirely Possible A Loser (GOP) Candidate Will Get The Nomination  —  “Thanks to you, my own staff is ganging up on me in here!” said Rush Limbaugh to a caller earlier today.  The caller had asked Limbaugh to offer an endorsement to one of the potential Republican presidential candidates …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Barbour: Reinstate DADT Because An “Amorous Mindset” Will Interfere With Decision Making  —  As we noted yesterday, Bryan Fischer has broadcasting his radio program live from the Rediscover God in America conference in Iowa.  Yesterday he had Rep. Michele Bachmann on the program and today …
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Lebanon news:
Live updates on Syria's uprising  —  European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton issued a strongly-worded condemnation Saturday of the brutality of Syria's response to the “legitimate” aspirations of protestors.  —  15:48 Twitter user @wissamtarif says live ammunition is being heard right now in Daraa.
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Donald A. McCartin / Los Angeles Times:
Second thoughts of a ‘hanging judge’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Opinion L.A.
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Rule of thumb: Liberals want conservatives to shut up, and conservatives want liberals to keep talking
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP sets sights on AARP over its support for healthcare reform
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
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Dave Gram / Associated Press:
Vt. House passes single-payer health care bill
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Katie Couric Plots CBS Exit
John Kennedy / Post on Politics:
House OK's barring union deductions
Discussion: RedState
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Antiwar Senator, War-Powers President
Discussion: National Review and Cato @ Liberty
Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Harper government falls in historic Commons showdown