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1:30 AM ET, March 28, 2011


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Juan / Informed Comment:
An Open Letter to the Left on Libya  —  As I expected, now that Qaddafi's advantage in armor and heavy weapons is being neutralized by the UN allies' air campaign, the liberation movement is regaining lost territory.  Liberators took back Ajdabiya and Brega (Marsa al-Burayqa), key oil towns …
U.S. Won't Intervene in Syria as Assad Differs From Qaddafi, Clinton Says  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. won't enter into the internal conflict in Syria the way it has in Libya.  —  “No,” Clinton said, when asked on the CBS “Face the Nation” program if the U.S. would intervene in Syria's unrest.
Political Punch:
Defense Secretary: Libya Did Not Pose Threat to U.S., Was Not ‘Vital National Interest’ to Intervene  —  Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that Libya did not pose a threat to the United States before the U.S. began its military campaign against the North African country.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Lieberman: Maybe we should go into Syria, too
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lieberman would back US action in Syria
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
US officials: Libyan operation could last months
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Clinton: US will stay out of Syria, no timeline for Libya
Discussion: The Politico and Sense of Events
Guardian:   Clinton rules out Syria intervention
Political Punch:
Biden Team Apologizes to Reporter for Sticking Him In Closet  —  “Scott - You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander last Wednesday to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers.
The Tatler / Pajamas Media:
Reporter imprisoned in closet by Biden staffers at Florida Dem fundraiser
Paul Krugman:
Wages and Employment, Yet Again  —  Oh, my.  Even Matt Yglesias doesn't quite get it.  —  Writing about Republican plans to raise employment by reducing it, he writes … Then he turns, rightly, to the problem of nominally denominated debt.  But look: even if we didn't have that problem …
Darci Kistler / CBS News:
The Reagan shooting: A closer call than we knew  —  Bob Schieffer on how quick thinking prevented a tragedy when a gunman fired on the president 30 years ago … It's one of those artifacts of the electronic age: Videotape of an ordinary afternoon that, in a matter of seconds, became etched forever in our memories.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers  —  Since the financial crisis of 2008, one of the most revealing spectacles has been the parade of financial elites who petulantly insist that they are the victims of societal hostility: political officials heap too much blame on them …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
The Paranoid Style in Liberal Politics
Discussion: protein wisdom and Power Line
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: I'm not a hypocrite
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and National Review
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Welcome to Wal-Mart: The Biggest Case of the Term  —  On Tuesday morning, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, an already-epic battle between the world's largest corporation and perhaps as many as one million current and former employees, all of them female …
Discussion: CBS St. Louis and SCOTUSblog
Deborah Cole / Agence France Presse:
Merkel party in German state poll disaster  —  BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost power in their German heartland after nearly six decades, initial poll results showed Sunday, with the Greens likely to lead their first state government.
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Greens set to take Merkel heartland
New York Times:
Tainted Water at 2 Reactors Increases Alarm for Japanese  —  Japanese soldiers searched Sunday for victims in Kesennuma.  Japan's national police said that the death toll had risen to 10,668 and that 16,574 were missing.  More Photos »  —  TOKYO — Japan's troubled effort to contain …
Japan nuclear: Workers evacuated as radiation soars
Discussion: Daily Kos and Sky Dancing
Billy Graham /
Meet the Press Netcast  —  on -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - The Last Word - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, the allied strike against Libya stretches into a second week as the U.S. seeks to limit its role.
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg does Spider-Man, ‘Mamma Mia’ at Inner Circle 2011  —  Mamma Mayor!  —  Mayor Bloomberg took the stage at the annual Inner Circle Saturday night and - after aborting an attempt to be Spider-Man - donned bell bottoms and platform shoes and cavorted with the cast of “Mamma Mia.”
New York Times:
Libyan Rebels March Toward Qaddafi Stronghold  —  AJDABIYA, Libya — Libyan rebels backed by allied warplanes recaptured a pair of strategic oil towns as they erased recent losses and returned to the doorstep of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's most important bastion of support in his tribal homeland of Surt.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Herman Cain Tells ThinkProgress ‘I Would Not’ Appoint A Muslim In My Administration  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines, IA.  —  As the Republican presidential nomination process begins, one GOP candidate is making a name …
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Orphan Works  —  The ruling rejecting the Google Books settlement …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Levin: Gadhafi ‘on his heels,’ Libyan people need to remove him
Discussion: CNN