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11:05 AM ET, March 12, 2011

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Red Alert: Nuclear Meltdown at Quake-Damaged Japanese Plant  —  A March 12 explosion at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan, appears to have caused a reactor meltdown.  —  The key piece of technology in a nuclear reactor is the control rods.
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BBC:
Japan warns of small radiation leak at nuclear plant  —  Pressure in one of the six reactors is considerably higher than normal, Japan's nuclear agency says  —  Japanese authorities have warned there could be a small radiation leak from a nuclear reactor whose cooling system was knocked out by the earthquake.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Explosion Rocks Japan Nuclear Plant After Quake  —  WASHINGTON — Japanese officials said on Saturday there had been an explosion at a nuclear power plant following Friday's huge earthquake, blowing off the roof of the structure, bringing down walls and causing a radiation leak of unspecified proportions.
Reuters:
Radiation leaking from Japan's quake-hit nuclear  —  (Reuters) - Radiation leaked from a damaged Japanese nuclear reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, the government said, after an explosion blew the roof off the facility in the wake of a massive earthquake.  —  The developments raised fears …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyodo News:
Damage from mega quake increasing, death toll feared to top 1,700  —  Damage caused by Friday's catastrophic earthquake in Japan expanded Saturday, with the combined number of people who have died or are unaccounted for is feared to top 1,700, while an explosion occurred at the nuclear reactor building …
Discussion: Guardian, NPR Topics and Obsidian Wings
msnbc.com:
Meltdown possible at Japan nuclear plant, official says
Reuters:
Factbox: What happens when a reactor loses coolant
Discussion: Scientific American and Guardian
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Two [Now Five] Japanese Nuclear Units Still at Serious Risk
Discussion: All Things Nuclear and Clean Beta
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Murkowski opposes Planned Parenthood, Title X cuts  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has come out in opposition to the House's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, making her the first Republican senator to specifically support the beleaguered organization.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP spending plan plays better with Dems than conservatives
Discussion: The Politico
Fhardingj / CNN:
Congress averts government shutdown with another short-term funding bill
Discussion: The Hill and FrumForum
Daniel Hannan / Wall Street Journal:
A European's Warning to America  —  The perils of following us toward greater regulation, higher taxes and centralized power.  —  On a U.S. talk-radio show recently, I was asked what I thought about the notion that Barack Obama had been born in Kenya.  “Pah!”  I replied.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Cubachi:
Daniel Hannan to America: “You deserve better, cousins.”  —  Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament, and the most popular Englishman in conservative and libertarian circles, wrote a marvelous opinion piece extolling the virtues of America, and the dangers of Europeanization.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
POLITICIANS CAUGHT ACCIDENTALLY TELLING THE TRUTH.... Incidents surrounding live mics are some of my favorites — unexpected candor can be revealing.  —  Take this gem out of Iowa, for example.  (thanks to Blue Girl for the tip) … The conversation was between some of the top leaders of the Iowa State House.
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Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
House Republican, caught on tape, jokes of ‘give a handgun to a schizophrenic bill’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
Christopher Mims / Grist:
Does climate change mean more tsunamis?  —  Update: The intent of this piece isn't to attribute today's tragedy to climate change.  Apologies to those whom I misled with the headline.  It was meant literally, as in: Tsunamis are inundations of shorelines and therefore have impacts …
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Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Some respond to Japan earthquake by pointing to global warming
David Holthouse / Media Matters for America:
BREAKING: Alaska Militia Members Arrested for Plot to Kidnap or Kill Police  —  Francis “Schaeffer” Cox Photo from Anchorage Press  —  Five members and associates of a Fairbanks, Alaska, right-wing militia group were arrested yesterday for allegedly plotting to kidnap or kill Alaska State Troopers and a Fairbanks judge.
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Another ‘isolated incident’: Alaska militiamen arrested in conspiracy to kill state troopers, judges
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama promises to continue fight for women's equality  —  Two days after Senate Democrats demanded that President Obama take a more public stance in the budget fight, Obama devoted his weekly address to honoring Women's History Month.  —  While Democrats want the president to plunge …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Crowley deleted tweet comparing Middle East ‘tsunami’ to Japan crisis  —  State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley is already the subject of one controversy today due to remarks he made about the treatment of alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning.  But Crowley is also in trouble due …
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Wesley K. Clark / Washington Post:
Gen. Wesley Clark says Libya doesn't meet the test for U.S. military action  —  In March of 1974, when I was a young Army captain, I was sitting in a conference on civil-military relations at Brown University.  Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.) was onstage expounding on the lessons from Vietnam about military interventions.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Putin Throws Curveball to Biden With Suggestion on Visas  —  MOSCOW — When Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. sat down for his meeting with Vladimir V. Putin this week, the Russian prime minister opened with a curveball.  —  After noting joint projects on the table …
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Sees Japan Earthquake an ‘Opportunity’ for Obama to Remind People He Was Born in Hawaii  —  Hundreds if not thousands of people are dead due to a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  But at least it gave Barack Obama an avenue to remind everyone he was born in Hawaii.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Sam Farmer / Los Angeles Times:
NFL players decertify their union  —  After two weeks of mediation with the league, the players decertify their union and become a trade association, which means the league probably won't be able to stage a lockout.  —  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees arrives for negotiations …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Same-Sex Marriage Bill Falls Short in Maryland  —  ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Lawmakers in Maryland on Friday failed to gather enough votes to pass a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry, withdrawing it from consideration after hours of emotional debate and effectively killing the bill's chances for passage this year.
Discussion: Riehl World View and FrumForum
ABCNEWS:
Rep. Giffords Talking in Full Sentences  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is talking in full sentences, doctors say, and has been told about the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that killed six people and injured 12 others.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Doctors say Gabrielle Giffords told she was shot
 
 
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