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11:25 AM ET, March 29, 2011


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The White House:
Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Libya  —  National Defense University  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: 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.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Jihadis who killed Americans get U.S. support in Libya
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Libya and the GOP
Republicans take issue with what Obama said about Libya regime change
Discussion: This Just In
The Hill:
Dems adopt divide and conquer strategy on spending cuts  —  Democrats are deploying a divide-and-conquer strategy in their negotiations with House Republicans over spending cuts.  —  After being put back on their heels earlier in the budget message battle, Senate Democrats are now trying …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans Prepare To Reject Final White House Budget Offer
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
It's beginning to look a lot like a shutdown
Discussion: TPMDC
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
CRUISE SHIP CONFESSION: Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama  —  In newly uncovered audio, a Fox News executive boasts that he lied repeatedly during the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign when he speculated on-air “about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism.”
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
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
“Ten Commandments Judge” Roy Moore to run for president  —  Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who lost his job after erecting a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the state's courthouse, plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee, an aide told CBS News.
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice to form presidential exploratory committee
Discussion: USA Today and Iowa Independent
Larry O'Connor /
Black Activist Confronts Bill Ayers With Facts  —  Truth to power!  Well done, young lady.
Joe Scarborough / Reuters:
The hypocrisy of the American left  —  Self-righteousness is a dangerous vice.  It breeds arrogance and moral blind spots for those who come to believe they are superior to those who share different worldviews.  —  Televangelists have fallen prey to this feeling of superiority …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Dallas Voice:
Bill Maher at the Winspear on Sunday night: 'Your new theater isn't gonna be clean for long'  —  I've seen Kathy Griffin perform live, and Joan Rivers and Lisa Lampanelli and Chris Rock — and they are all hilarious and edgy and daring comics who say outrageous things and go places that scare …
New York Times:
3-Month Nightmare Emerges in Rape Inquiry  —  CLEVELAND, Tex. — A year ago, the 11-year-old girl who the police say was the victim of repeated gang rapes in this East Texas town was an outgoing honor roll student, brimming with enthusiasm, who went on hikes and planted trees with a youth group here.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The most insane tsunami footage yet  —  Via Gizmodo, I thought we'd seen the worst a few weeks ago, but no. The clip at the last link looked like a flood turning into rapids transforming into a roaring river.  This looks more like what it actually was — an honest-to-goodness ocean spilling into a city and swallowing it whole.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Reaction to Obama's Speech on Libya  —  Here are some early reactions to President Obama's speech on Libya from around Capitol Hill, the Internet, cable television and Twitter.  — A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner said the speech “failed to provide Americans much clarity.”
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:   McCain on Obama Speech: ‘Gadhafi Must Be Comforted’
Alex Margolin / HonestReportingBackspin:
Breaking News: Facebook Shuts Down Third Intifada Group  —  Despite previous statements saying they would monitor but not remove the controversial Facebook group calling for a Third Intifada, Facebook administrators shut down the group early Tuesday morning in response to enormous pressure from pro-Israel activists.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Maggie's Farm
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Haley Barbour courts Mike Huckabee  —  Mike Huckabee hasn't publicly declared whether he'll run for president, but one likely Republican hopeful is already moving to woo the former Arkansas governor.  —  Representatives of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour have been trying to set …
Discussion: GOP 12, and Pundit Press
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Asks Field Offices to Put Bi-National Immigration Cases on Hold  —  Following up on reports from this weekend, Metro Weekly just received confirmation from Christopher Bentley, the spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Joe. My. God.
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.
Jeff Cranson /
Michigan Republican chairman's comments rile Senate hopefuls; Hoekstra promises decision on run for Debbie Stabenow's seat within two weeks  —  Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra says he will decide within the next two weeks whether to launch a 2012 run for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hotline On Call
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” …
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Associated Press:
Syrian Cabinet resigns amid unrest
Discussion: The Hill
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
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