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11:45 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:
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:
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The wisdom and legality of arming Libyan rebels
Where Will Obama Try Himself for Material Support for Terrorism?
New York Times:
Washington in Fierce Debate on Arming Libyan Rebels
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.
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) …
Indianapolis Star:
House GOP tames Dems' efforts on abortion bill
Discussion: Shakesville
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.) …
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
GOP report: AARP stands to make $1 billion from ObamaCare, IRS should investigate  —  Good stuff.  AARP is the Death Star of American entitlements, so if the GOP wants to reform Social Security and Medicare, they're going to have to fire some photon torpedoes.
Discussion: Associated Press
Republican Ways and Means:
Congressional Report Details AARP's Financial Gain From Health Care Law
Discussion: RedState and American Glob
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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Favorable Near Her All-Time High  —  Secretary leads the president and vice president in popular appeal  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's favorable rating from Americans is now 66%, up from 61% in July 2010 and her highest rating to date while serving in the Obama administration.
Discussion: The Hill, The Note and Shakesville
The Politico:
Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates win no love on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Hot Air
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Budget Negotiators Reach Tentative Deal To Avert Government Shutdown  —  Sources tell me that budget negotiators on Capitol Hill have tentatively agreed on a deal that would involve at least $33 billion in spending cuts from this year's budget.  That's $23 billion dollars more than Democrats …
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 …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget deal close with $33B in cuts  —  Budget talks came to life Wednesday but not without new tension between the White House and Senate Democrats, worried that the administration is too quick to agree to $33 billion in cuts to move Speaker John Boehner toward what remains a very uncertain deal.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Shh!  Obama gets anti-secrecy award  —  The president accepted a transparency award in a closed, undisclosed meeting.  —  President Obama finally and quietly accepted his “transparency” award from the open government community this week — in a closed, undisclosed meeting at the White House on Monday.
Fox News:
Republicans Pitch Unusual Backup Plan as Fragile Budget Talks Resume  —  In the latest gambit out of Washington's head-spinning budget debate, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that if the Senate fails to act by next week, Republicans will proffer a bill forcing …
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 …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
With New ‘Monkey Bill,’ Tennessee Takes Evolution Education Back To Scopes  —  Eighty six years after the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial opened Tennessee classrooms to the teaching of evolution, the state House is trying to slam the door shut again.  Tennessee's House Education Committee approved …
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 …
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: Cubachi and The Politico
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.
Daniel Freedman / Freed Thinking:
Israel, The Third Nation on the Moon?  —  If all goes according to plan, by December 2012 a team of three young Israeli scientists will have landed a tiny spacecraft on the moon, explored the lunar surface, and transmitted live video back to earth, thereby scooping up a $20 million prize …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and NewsReal Blog
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Warren Defends Agency at Chamber of Commerce
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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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson in decent shape
 Earlier Items: 
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
Limiting Abortion Under the Guise of Anti-Racism
Discussion: Reuters and ECHIDNE of the snakes
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Feingold wants resignation of GE head from Obama's jobs council
Discussion: The Politico
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee Dates Politician, Lives Her Own Life
Discussion: Yglesias and Mediaite
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces