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8:55 AM ET, March 29, 2011


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The Politico:
Obama's Libya speech: Full text as prepared for delivery  —  Here is the prepared text for President Obama's address on Libya Monday night:  —  Good evening.  Tonight, I'd like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya - what we've done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
You've Come a Long Way, Baby  —  President Obama's unapologetic, freedom-agenda-embracing, not-shrinking-from-the-use-of- force speech.  —  I knew pretty early on during tonight's speech that President Obama had rejoined—or joined—the historical American foreign policy mainstream.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Cites Limits of U.S. Role in Libya  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama defended the American-led military assault in Libya on Monday, saying it was in the national interest of the United States to stop a potential massacre that would have “stained the conscience of the world.”
Modest Support for Libya Airstrikes, No Clear Goal Seen  —  Little Public Interest in Libyan Mission  —  After several days of airstrikes on Libya by the United States and its allies, the public has mixed reactions to the military operation.  Nearly half of Americans (47%) …
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: How Obama's Libya claims fit the facts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be less than meets the eye to President Barack Obama's statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
Discussion: Washington Post, and RedState
Marc Ambinder /
Why Libya? Because We Could and Our Interests and Values Demanded It
Jamie Dupree / Wsb-am Blogs:
Obama Libya Speech
Discussion: Hit & Run, Danger Room and AmSpecBlog
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama's Libya speech: Libya is no Iraq
Fox News:
Obama Faces Backlash Abroad Amid Libyan Turmoil
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump fails to produce birth certificate  —  Donald Trump made headlines earlier today when he provided what he said was a copy of his birth certificate — but a quick check reveals it's actually not an official document.  —  The paper that Trump released says “Jamaica Hospital” …
Exclusive to Newsmax: Donald Trump's Birth Certificate  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Donald Trump, who has been making television appearances calling for President Barack Obama …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump's birther play  —  I asked longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone, who is working on the unofficial “Draft Trump” effort, rather than the attempts at an official campaign, why Trump would embrace discredited theories about Obama's birth.  —  Stone emails with five reasons:
The Smoking Gun:
What Is Donald Trump, Newborn Birther, Trying To Hide From Us?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans Prepare To Reject Final White House Budget Offer  —  It's been almost a week since House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House last sat down to hammer out a budget agreement, and the schedule's still blank.  Accusations of bad faith are now flying from both sides.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
It's beginning to look a lot like a shutdown  —  (Alex Brandon - AP) Brian Beutler has a nice story running down the state of play on the budget negotiations.  The takeaway is that Republicans aren't just insisting that Democrats cut as deep as the GOP wants, but that they also cut in the way the GOP wants.
Discussion: TPMDC
Wall Street Journal:
Government Shutdown Grows Likelier
Larry O'Connor /
Black Activist Confronts Bill Ayers With Facts  —  Truth to power!  Well done, young lady.
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
EU to ban cars from cities by 2050  —  Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.  —  The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
In an email to The Daily Caller on Monday morning, Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff alleged that conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart is not telling the truth about discussions they had regarding HuffPo's removal of his blog from its front page.  —  HuffPo removed Breitbart's blog …
Erick Stakelbeck /
Iranian Video Says Mahdi is ‘Near’  —  New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi—or Islamic messiah—is about to appear.  —  CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Jibran Khan /
Two Christians killed, churches burned: extremists respond to Florida Koran burning  —  In Hyderabad and Lahore, a mob of Islamic fundamentalists targeted the Christian places of worship.  Desecrated several copies of the Bible.  Anti-American slogans and demonstrations in different cities of Pakistan.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Featured On Chicago Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeting Black South Siders … An anti-abortion group behind a controversial New York billboard targeting African Americans is now taking its message to the South Side of Chicago, in a billboard targeting supporters of President Obama.
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Before Libya, White House Must Negotiate With ABC  —  President Obama had a message for the American people Monday night, an explanation of the government's intentions in Libya, one that he believed was important enough to request air time from the broadcast networks as well as the cable news networks.
State stops collecting union dues, starts charging more for health care  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's administration is no longer collecting dues on behalf of state unions and as of Sunday began charging employees …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama on Libya: Look, Just Trust Me On This  —  I'll have more in tomorrow's Morning Jolt, but I feel tonight a lot like the night of Obama's speech announcing the Afghanistan surge to West Point.  On paper, I agree with a lot of what Obama is saying.  But he's stringing together a lot …
Discussion: RedState
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Nir Rosen has resigned his new position at LSE
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
The GOP's Plan to Fund Anti-Abortion Activists
Riaz Khan / Associated Press:
11 troops killed in Pakistan attack
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Bill Dedman /
Whistle-blowing witch grounded by TSA
 Earlier Items: 
Felix Salmon:
The NYT paywall goes live
Washington Post:
U.S. deploys low-flying attack planes in Libya
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Eunomia
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
A Birtherism Lexicon  —  Libertarian billionaire David Koch …
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
States broke? Maybe they cut taxes too much
Discussion: Washington Monthly