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8:15 AM 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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Kevin Drew / New York Times:
Huge Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Off Japan's Coast  —  A tsunami hit the coast of northeast Japan on Friday in the aftermath of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake about 80 miles offshore.  Television images showed waves of more than 12 feet roaring inland.  CNN reported that air and land transportation was severely disrupted.
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Page
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Secretly recorded phone calls cast NPR fundraiser in unflattering light  —  An NPR fundraising executive said her organization would be willing to shield a would-be donor from a government audit by keeping the donor's name anonymous, according to a series of surreptitiously recorded phone …
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New video: NPR was going to accept Muslim Education Action Center donation and hide it from the government  —  New video released Thursday afternoon indicates National Public Radio intended to accept a $5 million donation from fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group Muslim Education Action Center …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NPR hosts, journalists ‘appalled’ by Ron Schiller's comments  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  In a letter to NPR listeners and supporters, NPR employees say the comments by former fundraising veep Ron Schiller “have done real damage to NPR.  But we're confident that the culture of professionalism we have built …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Examiner
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New O'Keefe video: Sure, says NPR exec, we can hide a donation from a Muslim Brotherhood front group …
Graham Gurrin / Daily Mail:
Blacked up and in a bow tie: Eva Braun in party mood as rare set of pictures of Hitler's wife are unearthed  —  Previously unseen images from the fascinating private albums of Eva Braun have come to light.  —  They give us incredible retrospective access to Hitler's little-known companion and her life.
Discussion: Guardian and Wonkette
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Guy Walters / Daily Mail:
Hitler's mistress: Extraordinary lost pictures of Eva Braun at play  —  At first glance, these pictures are so ordinary that they could come from anyone's dusty old family album.  There are picnics and parties, pets and silly poses — all the normal things you might associate with a middle-class family on holiday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Why do these people, many of whom are professionals, feel no fear in expressing such death wishes in the open?  —  You have seen the video of Twitter death wishes directed at Sarah Palin, by people who did not feel the need to hide their identities.  —  So like clockwork, death wishes …
Discussion: Power Line
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Charlie Sykes / 620wtmj.com:
DEATH THREATS  —  Since the MSM appears intent on downplaying …
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
GOP woos ‘Morning Joe’ for Fla. Senate  —  Republicans in Washington are trying to recruit Joe Scarborough to run against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next year.  —  Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), told The Hill on Thursday that he has talked …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majorities support recall of two Wisconsin GOP senators  —  Here's something that could give some momentum to efforts to recall Wisconsin GOP state senators in the wake of last night's end-run passage of Scott Walker's measure to roll back public employee bargaining rights.
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Guardian:
Gaddafi takes key towns in Libya  —  • Rebels retreat from Ras Lanuf and Zawiya  —  • Regime warns of full-scale military action  —  • Nato in paralysis as US blocks no-fly zone  —  • Navy chief says Britain ready to send more ships
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Fox News:
Sen. Graham Wants Intel Chief Gone After He Claims Russia, China Pose ‘Mortal’ Threat  —  A prominent Republican senator called on Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to resign Thursday after he said Russia and China pose the biggest “mortal threat” to the United States …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Escalates Pressure on Libya Amid Mixed Signals
Discussion: New York Magazine and FrumForum
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Approval Back Below 20%  —  Decline in approval rating in third month of new Congress similar to 1995, 2007  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Congress' approval rating is down to 18% after being in the 20% range the first two months of the year, and is essentially back to where it was just after last November's midterm elections.
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
More than 60 people, including ‘Snoop’ of ‘The Wire,’ arrested in drug raids  —  Arrests in operation ‘Usual Suspects’ are culmination of 5-month investigation  —  Felicia “Snoop” Pearson had served a prison sentence for murder and returned to drug dealing on the streets of East Baltimore …
Discussion: Mediaite and NPR Topics
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Nina Shen Rastogi / Brow Beat:
David Simon, Creator of The Wire, Speaks on Felicia “Snoop” Pearson's Arrest
Discussion: The Raw Story
Andy Barr / The Politico:
So unfav: Palin's poll plunge  —  Sarah Palin's unfavorable rating is off the charts.  —  The former Alaska governor's numbers are astonishingly upside-down, according to a new Bloomberg poll showing a 32 percentage point spread between those who have an unfavorable rating of Palin and those who view her favorably.
Edward Wyatt / The Caucus:
Rand Paul Blames Energy Department for Faulty Toilets, Among Other Things  —  Senator Rand Paul's toilets don't work, and he blames the Department of Energy.  —  At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, Mr. Paul lambasted Kathleen Hogan …
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JSOnline:
Assembly passes union measure after bitter debate  —  Bargaining bill passes; courts, recalls expected next  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — After an epic month of political struggle and three final hours of bitter debate …
wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov:
The Tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California to the Oregon-Washington border.  —  The Tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of Alaska from Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak) to Attu, Alaska.
BBC:
Nato ‘kills cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’  —  The death comes just days after Hamid Karzai lambasted US forces over civilian deaths  —  A relative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been mistakenly killed by Nato troops in southern Afghanistan, officials say.
John / Power Line:
Let's Make Obama King  —  Last night Col. Ralph Peters was on Bill O'Reilly's show, talking about Libya.  Peters thinks we should act on behalf of the rebels there, but he expressed skepticism that President Obama will ever do anything.  “Obama loves the idea of being President,” Peters said, “but he can't make a decision.”
 
 
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GOP says all or nothing on trade deals
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