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9:30 PM ET, March 30, 2011


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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret support for Libya rebels  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
New York Times:
Retreat for Rebels; Libyan Foreign Minister Quits  —  BREGA, Libya — Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi advanced rapidly on Wednesday, seizing towns they ceded just days ago after intense allied airstrikes and hounding rebel fighters into a chaotic retreat.
New York Times:
C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has inserted clandestine operatives into Libya to gather intelligence for military airstrikes and contact rebels battling Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces, according to American officials.
New York Times:
Washington in Fierce Debate on Arming Libyan Rebels  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya, senior officials said on Tuesday, with some fearful that providing arms would deepen American involvement …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Looking for Luck in Libya  —  There is an old saying in the Middle East that a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee.  That thought came to my mind as I listened to President Obama trying to explain the intervention of America and its allies in Libya — and I don't say that as criticism.
President Obama Authorizes Covert Help for Libyan Rebels
Discussion: Political Punch and HotAirPundit
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The wisdom and legality of arming Libyan rebels
Discussion: Guardian, Danger Room and Firedoglake
Where Will Obama Try Himself for Material Support for Terrorism?
Washington Post:
House Republican leaders turn to moderate Democrats for budget deal  —  Having difficulty finding consensus within their own ranks, House Republican leaders have begun courting moderate Democrats on several key fiscal issues, including a deal to avoid a government shutdown at the end of next week.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Budget Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal To Avert Government Shutdown
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and National Review
Russell Berman / The Hill:
White House, GOP edge closer to a deal on 2011 budget
Fox News:
Republicans Pitch Unusual Backup Plan as Fragile Budget Talks Resume
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House Republicans plan symbolic bill to pressure Senate on shutdown
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Setting the Record Straight on State's Film Production Tax Credit  —  Goodness, cleaning up the sloppiness of reporters could be a full time job.  In response to The Daily Caller's online inquiry, I gave them a statement that the writer buried on his story's second page …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Sarah Palin Rips Into Daily Caller For Not Featuring Her Quote High Enough
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya  —  American voters disapprove 48 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 - 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Voter Views on Libya Show Little Change
Discussion: Hot Air and NO QUARTER
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
GOPers Demand Sean Duffy Salary Tape Be Pulled From The Internet (VIDEO)  —  First the Republican Party in Polk County, Wisconsin, pulled the tape of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) fretting about making ends meet on his $174,000 a year salary from its own website.  Now they want it gone from the whole Internet.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's jaw-dropping hypocrisy on energy  —  The Post reports: … It's nice that he's discovered the importance of domestic energy development, but his rhetoric overlooks his own policies over the past two years.  Yesterday on the Senate floor Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court rejects damages for innocent man who spent 14 years on death row  —  In a 5-4 ruling, justices overturn a jury verdict awarding $14 million to John Thompson, who had sued then-New Orleans Dist.  Atty. Harry Connick Sr. because prosecutors hid a blood test that would have proved his innocence in a murder case.
Live Action Blog:
Planned Parenthood CEO's False Mammogram Claim Exposed  —  Contact: Amy Kim, 323.454.3304,  —  WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30-A series of new undercover phone calls reveals that contrary to the claims of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and other supporters …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Indiana GOP Rep Says Women Will Pretend To Be Raped To Get Free Abortions  —  Yesterday morning, the Indiana House considered an anti-abortion bill that “would put some of the tightest abortion restrictions in the nation into Indiana law.”  Introduced by state Rep. Eric Turner (R) …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Indianapolis Star:
House GOP tames Dems' efforts on abortion bill
Discussion: Shakesville
Only 14, Bangladeshi girl charged with adultery was lashed to death  —  Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN) — Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence.  But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl.  —  Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her.
National Review:
Bench Brawl in Wisconsin  —  The Left long ago stopped pretending that court proceedings were anything other than exercises in raw-power politics, and so they've taken their fight against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to the state supreme court — not in the form of a lawsuit …
Discussion: The Blast, RedState and Nice Deb
Washington Post:
On NBC, the missing story about parent company General Electric  —  Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press - The story that General Electric did not pay federal taxes last year was widely reported everywhere but NBC.  —  It's the kind of accountability journalism that makes readers raise an eyebrow …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Americans cooling on tea party  —  The tea party might be running out of steam.  —  The approval rating for the 2-year-old movement fell to 32 percent in a CNN/Opinion Research corporation poll released Wednesday, the lowest it's been since CNN first polled on the tea party in January 2010.
Benjamin Svetkey / PopWatch:
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as ‘The Governator’ — EXCLUSIVE  —  He's been a famous body builder.  He's been a killer cyborg from the future.  He's been Governor of California.  And now, in this week's exclusive cover scoop, Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his plans for the next phase …
Stan Pillman / CBS Chicago:
Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over U.S.  —  CHICAGO (CBS 2) - The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America.  —  People who got them called the FBI and CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman learned, the Bureau's Chicago office is leading the investigation.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House passes Boehner's DC school voucher bill over Dem objections  —  Over fierce Democratic opposition, the House on Wednesday approved a bill to re-establish a school choice voucher system for Washington, D.C., residents.  —  The vote came a day after the White House said it opposed …
Discussion: The Politico and Cubachi
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Limiting Abortion Under the Guise of Anti-Racism  —  Reuters reports that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill yesterday that makes it illegal for doctors to provide abortions for parents seeking to terminate pregnancies on the basis of race or gender.  As Planned Parenthood officials …
Discussion: Reuters and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee Dates Politician, Lives Her Own Life  —  I'm not a big fan of Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee as recipe writer, cook, or TV personality.  But as a political spouse, she's the best we have.  —  First of all, she's not actually a political spouse: She and her sometime housemate …
Discussion: Yglesias and Mediaite
Henry / Crooked Timber:
“With Notably Rare Exceptions”  —  Alan Greenspan is back as free market evangelist, and it's rather wonderful. … It's best not to interpret this as an empirical claim, but a carefully-thought-out bid for Internet immortality.  It has the sublime combination of supreme self-confidence …
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Associated Press:
Ex-President Jimmy Carter meets imprisoned US contractor, doesn't gain his release
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Bill Kristol declares Obama ‘a born-again neo-con’ days after consulting with him on Libya policy
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
The Great Stagnation and the Socialvore
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Favorable Near Her All-Time High
Discussion: The Note, Shakesville and The Hill
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson in decent shape
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Feingold wants resignation of GE head from Obama's jobs council
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama takes dig at ‘drill, baby, drill’ in energy speech