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10:20 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.
Republicans take issue with what Obama said about Libya regime change
Discussion: This Just In
Jamie Dupree / Wsb-am Blogs:
Obama Libya Speech
Discussion: Hit & Run, Danger Room and AmSpecBlog
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
The Smoking Gun:
What Is Donald Trump, Newborn Birther, Trying To Hide From Us?
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  —  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
Discussion: TPMDC
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.”
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook and The Cable
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:   McCain on Obama Speech: ‘Gadhafi Must Be Comforted’
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obama on Libya: Look, Just Trust Me On This
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rubio: “I'm not running for president in 2012”  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl and Marco Rubio talk about a potential presidential bid in 2012 for the (very) junior Florida Senator.  —  It's one of the most deflecty-exchanges you'll ever hear, and has the quality of an Abbott & Costello bit …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rubio: 'I'm not running' in 2012  —  Freshman Sen. Marco Rubio …
Discussion: CNN
Larry O'Connor /
Black Activist Confronts Bill Ayers With Facts  —  Truth to power!  Well done, young lady.
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.
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
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.
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” …
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.”
Discussion: The Agonist and Poynter
BP Managers Said to Face U.S. Manslaughter Charges Review  —  Federal prosecutors are considering whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP Plc (BP/) managers for decisions made before the Gulf of Mexico oil well explosion last year that killed 11 workers and caused the biggest offshore spill …
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Michigan Republican chairman's comments rile Senate hopefuls; Hoekstra promises decision on run …
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 Earlier Items: 
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
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