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3:15 PM ET, March 11, 2011

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BBC:
Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake  —  A massive earthquake has hit the north-east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that has caused extensive damage.  —  Japanese television showed cars, ships and even buildings being swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.
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New York Times:
Devastation as Tsunami Crashes Into Japan  —  TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century.  The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities …
CNN:
Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan  —  Editor's Note: Read live blogging of the Japan tsunami and earthquake.  Are you there?  Send your video, pictures to iReport.  For more news visit CNN affiliates KHON and KHNL.  —  Tokyo (CNN) — The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan …
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Japan's Strict Building Codes Saved Lives  —  From seawalls that line stretches of Japan's coastline, to skyscrapers that sway to absorb earthquakes, to building codes that are among the world's most rigorous, no country may be better prepared to withstand earthquakes than Japan.
Associated Press:
Tsunami waves hit Hawaii, sweep across islands  —  Tsunami waves hit Hawaii in the early morning hours Friday and were sweeping through the island chain after an earthquake in Japan sparked evacuations throughout the Pacific and as far as the U.S. western coast.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Tsunami Relief And Preparedness Cut In GOP Budget Proposal: National Weather Service … WASHINGTON — Thursday night's massive earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami warnings that have alarmed U.S. coasts, seem likely to ignite a debate over a previously little-discussed subsection …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
The Atlantic Online:
Earthquake in Japan  —  A massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit …
JSOnline:
Walker signs budget-repair bill, lawsuit filed to stop it  —  Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill Friday that repeals most collective bargaining by public employee unions.  He will hold a ceremony and news conference later in the day to tout the signing.  Meanwhile, Dane County files suit to stop the bill from becoming law.
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:   Sen. Ron Johnson denounces ‘mob rule’
New York Times:
Wisconsin Governor Rescinds Layoff Notices
Discussion: Yglesias, Prairie Weather and The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wisconsin Gov. Walker signs controversial union bill into law
Discussion: CNN
Philippathomas / Philippa Thomas Online:
The State Department spokesman and the Prisoner in the Brig  —  I just heard an extraordinary remark from State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.  He was speaking to a small audience at MIT on “the benefits of new media as it relates to foreign policy”, an event organised by the Center for Future Civic Media.
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@chuckdude:   So, That Just Happened
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Clinton aide: Manning ‘mistreated’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Crowley slams Defense on Manning
Discussion: Time, Swampland, Threat Level and The Nation
New York Times:
Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East  —  WASHINGTON — In the Middle East crisis, as on other issues, there are two Barack Obamas: the transformative historical figure and the pragmatic American president.  Three months after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself aflame …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
President of China?  —  Obama's lament.  —  “Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China.  As one official put it, 'No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao's words in Tahrir Square.'”  —  “Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East,” The New York Times, March 11, 2011.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Pajamas Media
J. David Goodman / The Lede:
Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan on Twitter … Updates and Video of the Quake and Tsunami, in Japan and Elsewhere  —  Television networks across the world carried dramatic footage, some of it live, of the tsunami that hit northern Japan.  —  March 10: Updates on Libya's Revolt and Middle East Protests
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
After GOP denials, Scarborough says he was courted for Senate  —  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has asked him about running against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in 2012.  —  Scarborough said in an interview with The Hill, “John suggested last month …
Discussion: Naked Politics
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Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
GOP woos ‘Morning Joe’ for Fla. Senate
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
DGA slams Walker, taunts govs - Santorum plans New England swing - CNN: Bachmann's serious …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Dumbing Deficits Down  —  Like anyone who writes regularly about what passes for economic and fiscal debate in American politics, I've developed a strong tolerance for nonsense.  After all, if I got upset every time powerful people were illogical and/or dishonest, I'd spend every waking hour in a state of raging despair.
Shira Schoenberg / Concord Monitor:
Lawmaker advocates eugenics  —  A 91-year-old state representative told a constituent that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without “defective people.”  —  Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program …
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CNN:
Japan struggling to ‘cool down’ nuclear plant, minister says  —  Tokyo (CNN) — Officials ordered an evacuation Friday of residents living near a Japanese nuclear power plant, saying there has been no sign yet of leaks but indicating a struggle to “cool down” the facility.
Discussion: In The Agora and BLACKFIVE
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Emergency Declared at Japanese Nuclear Plant
Aharding / CNN:
Bachmann increasingly serious about presidential bid  —  Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is increasingly serious about joining the wide-open race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  —  And a growing number of conservative activists, legislators …
Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Hammertime: Moore's National Resources  —  This week, Michael Moore offered a simple and elegant solution to our debt problem.  —  Calling the assets of wealthy Americans a “national resource,” he suggested our problems would all be solved if we could just have access to all that money.
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earthquake turns TV networks into print  —  An 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan yesterday, and a tsunami is spreading, right now, across the Pacific ocean.  Thus we have much news that is best consumed live and uncooked.  Here's mine, right now:  —  Not many of us carry radios in our pockets any more.
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance  —  The exterior of an abandoned trailer where an 11-year-old girl was assaulted.  Numerous readers shared their concerns over how The Times handled the coverage.  —  The story quickly climbed The Times's “most emailed” list but not just because of the sensational facts of the crime involved.
Brian Leiter / Leiter Reports:
Pennsylvania Universities Also Facing Massive Cuts from Republican Governor  —  Story here (link now fixed).  Philosopher Steven Hales (Bloomsburg), who called the story to my attention, captures rather too perfectly where the reactionary logic (that Ronald Reagan set in motion) is heading:
Discussion: Althouse and The Volokh Conspiracy
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Along for the Ride  —  Republican presidential hopefuls aren't so much leading as reacting.  That could hurt them in 2012.  —  Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.  —  Proving that truism, the slowly emerging class of Republican presidential candidates increasingly looks like a bunch of bystanders.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Birther Bill Author: What's a Long-Form Birth Certificate?  —  Courtesy of State Sen. Mae BeaversLast month, Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers introduced SB 1091, a bill that would require presidential candidates to present a long-form birth certificate in order to qualify for the ballot in the Volunteer State.
Discussion: The Awl and Wonkette
 
 
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