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U.S.-Led Assault Nears Goal in Libya

“An American-led military campaign to destroy Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s air defenses and establish a no-fly zone over Libya has nearly accomplished its initial objectives, and the United States is moving swiftly to hand command to allies in Europe, American officials said Monday.

But the firepower of more than 130 Tomahawk cruise missiles and attacks by allied warplanes have not yet succeeded in accomplishing the more ambitious demands by the United States — repeated by President Obama in a letter to Congress on Monday — that Colonel Qaddafi withdraw his forces from embattled cities and cease all attacks against civilians.”

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Pawlenty Launches Exploratory Committee — And Another Action Movie Campaign Trailer (VIDEO)

“Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) has officially launched his presidential exploratory committee, in a Web video promoting his blue-collar background, his conservative views, his hope for the country — and of course, as we’ve seen from his previous Web videos, his passion for big movie trailer music, fast cuts, and high production values.”

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Paper Publishes Photos Of U.S. Soldiers Posing With Dead Afghan Civilian

“The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel has published two photographs of U.S. Army soldiers posing with the corpse of an Afghan civilian, The Washington Post reports. The photographs are included in the print issue of Der Spiegel being distributed today, but advance copies of the images were sent to subscribers in an email over the weekend.”

GOP Rep. Duffy Voted Against Defunding NPR Because He Refused To ‘Pull The Rug Out’ Under Local Radio

“Conspiring against Click and Clack, House Republicans successfully voted to prevent federal funding of National Public Radio (NPR) last Thursday. While many Republicans celebrated their coup against the “Planned Parenthood” of the airwaves, six Republicans joined the Democrats in voting against the measure — one of whom was freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), of MTV’s “Real World” fame. Noting that local public radio plays a vital role in serving rural areas in his district, Duffy called the bill an unfair move against local radio that will “pull the rug out from under them immediately“.”

Read More: Juan Williams: Dem Fundraising Off NPR Proves It Should Be Defunded

White House To Remain Mum In Social Security Fight — Until Congress Comes Up With a Plan

“The White House will not prominently inject itself into congressional negotiations on Social Security reform until after key legislators in both the House and Senate unveil their plans to reduce projected long-term deficits, according to administration officials.”

Herman Cain to Muslims: Stop Trying to Convert Us to Islam

“Former pizza magnate and Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has no problem with “peaceful Muslims,” just with those that are trying to convert Americans to Islam”

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AZ Senate President Russell Pearce Takes Tentherism To New Level: ‘You Are Not A Citizen Of The United States’

“One of the most radical offshoots of modern conservatism in the United States is called “tentherism,” which invokes the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment to claim that a whole host of federal government powers are illegitimate, from the operations of the Social Security program to the national highway system, and that states are supreme.

During a speech at the Oceanside Tea Party rally in recent months, Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R) took this philosophy to a new extreme. In the speech, where he denounced the federal government’s efforts to stop the implementation of the state’s radical anti-immigrant law, Pearce claimed that Americans aren’t even citizens of the United States, that they are rather citizens of “sovereign states,” meaning that we should be loyal to the laws of individual states rather than the federal government.”

Tea Party At Its Dregs? Major Convention Attracts Few

“With Fox News host Glenn Beck’s ratings down and the biggest tea party rally eclipsed by a recent pro-labor rally in Wisconsin, could the tea party be losing steam? One new sign: a big tea party convention in Tampa, FL this weekend — headlined by such conservative favorites as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Fox News Judge Andrew Napolitano, and former GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo — attracted only about 300 people. The Save America Convention’s website lists 25 guest speakers, meaning there was one speaker for every 12 attendees. If one includes the 13 musicians and other performers listed as entertainment, that ratio drops to one for every 7 and a half.”

Who Writes The Check? Group Wants Voters To Know

“A media watchdog group is asking the Federal Communications Commission to amend its rules, forcing greater transparency in who sponsors political ads. Over the years, the FCC has come to define sponsorship as editorial control. The Media Access Project says the defining element should be the hard dollars.”

Pelosi Back On Schedule After Brief Italy Hospital Stay

“House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi resumed her schedule in Italy after illness forced her to skip visits with Italian officials. In a statement, Pelosi’s spokesman mentioned several flights she took in Afghanistan and a long flight back to Italy that occurred before she felt ill.”

Japanese Town Holds On to Hope

“In a town where more than one in 10 is dead or missing, people seem to exist in suspended animation.”

Good News: Getting To Chicago’s Boys Before Gangs Do

“In some of Chicago’s troubled neighborhoods, it’s not unusual for boys to join gangs at a young age. For many, it’s a road fraught with violence. But a group called Becoming a Man (BAM) is working on getting to those youngsters before they’re drawn into gang life or drop out of school.

Tony DiVittorio, a 42-year-old, muscular and tattooed social worker, created BAM in 2003 in an effort to mentor boys. He says young males are often more likely than females to be victims or perpetrators of violent crime.”

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