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12:05 AM ET, March 12, 2011

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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Japan Orders Evacuation Near 2nd Nuclear Plant  —  Japanese officials on Saturday issued broad evacuation orders for people living in the vicinity of two separate nuclear power plants that had experienced breakdowns in their cooling systems as a result of the earthquake …
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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: Guardian and Clean Beta
Associated Press:
Radiation levels surge near Japanese nuclear power plant
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
Discussion: Emptywheel
Christopher Mims / Grist:
Today's tsunami: This is what climate change looks like  —  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 …
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Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Some respond to Japan earthquake by pointing to global warming  —  Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming.  The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, issued a statement calling …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pajamas Media
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RedState
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP spending plan plays better with Dems than conservatives  —  House Republicans unveiled a three-week continuing resolution Friday that funds the government through April 8 and cuts $6 billion in spending.  —  Senate Democrats immediately signaled that they could accept the measure …
Discussion: The Politico
appropriations.house.gov:
Appropriations Committee Introduces Three Week Continuing Resolution …
Discussion: The Note, National Review and The Hill
Fhardingj / CNN:   TRENDING: Congress averts government shutdown with another short-term funding bill
Casey Grove / Anchorage Daily News:
Five charged in alleged plot to kidnap or kill troopers, judge  —  FAIRBANKS: Scheme targeted judge and state troopers, officials say.  —  Five people in the Fairbanks area were arrested Thursday by state and federal law enforcement on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap …
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David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Another ‘isolated incident’: Alaska militiamen arrested in conspiracy to kill state troopers, judges
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Wisconsin 14 planning “homecoming” march on capitol tomorrow
Discussion: Firedoglake
CNN:
Wisc. governor signs union bill into law
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Darkness Falls  —  Barack Obama's policy toward the Libyan struggle for freedom is no longer a muddle.  It is now a disgrace.  —  Here is what his administration and its allies have told the world, and the Libyan dictator, and the Libyan rebels, in recent days.
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New York Times:
Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
President of China?
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
Jeff Barnard / Associated Press:
Calif. man swept out to sea taking tsunami pics  —  CRESCENT CITY, Calif.—The Coast Guard searched for a man Friday who was swept out to sea by powerful waves generated by the tsunami in Northern California while taking photos near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County.
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Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
California surfers waited in water for tsunami
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
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.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Suggestion on Visas From Putin Catches Biden by Surprise  —  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.  —  Rather than reiterating the joint projects on the table …
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
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.
Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
My Sign-Off From Politics Daily … True to form, I was too busy to go to the meeting and missed my own firing yesterday; don't you hate it when that happens?  (All my life, my mom has been saying I'd be late to my own funeral, so could we please not tell her she was right?)
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The Cook Report: Trend or Fluke?  —  A new poll that shows independents warming to the role of government could signal an important shift.  —  I only get to celebrate special days like my birthday, wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, and Christmas once a year, but I can rejoice every month …
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Letter indicates Rep. Richardson ethics probe  —  A letter of resignation sent by a former staffer to Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Cali.) appears to indicate that ethics investigators are probing the Los Angeles-area Congresswoman — a fact Richardson has denied to local reporters.
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.
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Associated Press:
McConnell: No debt increase without benefit cuts
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: Drilling delays ‘ridiculous’  —  Former President Bill Clinton said Friday that delays in offshore oil and gas drilling permits are “ridiculous” at a time when the economy is still rebuilding, according to attendees at the IHS CERAWeek conference.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
 
 
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Daniel Hannan / Wall Street Journal:
A European's Warning to America
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Bill Rankin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Ex-judge Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison
Discussion: TalkLeft and Law Blog
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Sees Japan Earthquake an ‘Opportunity’ for Obama to Remind People He Was Born in Hawaii
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Same-Sex Marriage Bill Falls Short in Maryland
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
UPDATED: Faster health care appeal asked
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Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
UPDATED: Between Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Vote, Power Plant Sales Reappear
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Palin Says Rhetoric From Wisconsin ‘Union Bosses’ Will Get People Hurt (VIDEO)
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Walker's Big Bank Donors Take a Hit
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
Wall Street Journal:
The One That Got Away  —  Memoirist Rumsfeld seems to forget why we went to Afghanistan.
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mother Jones
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: No sense in defunding public broadcasting
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
White House seeks child-speech oversight
Discussion: IMAO
Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
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