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10:35 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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New York Times:
Huge Quake and Tsunami Hit Japan  —  TOKYO — A huge earthquake struck Japan on Friday, churning up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland along the northern part of the country and threatened coastal areas throughout the Pacific.  —  Walls of water whisked away houses …
New York Times:
Video of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan … Video of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan  —  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
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.
Associated Press:
Tsunami waves hit Hawaii, sweep across islands
Discussion: The Mahablog
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Waves from Japan quake will hit California coast after 8 a.m.
Discussion: Guardian, DemConWatch and BBC
msnbc.com:
Hundreds dead after massive quake slams Japan
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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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
New Tape Increases Pressure for NPR
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Poynter
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NPR hosts, journalists ‘appalled’ by Ron Schiller's comments
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New O'Keefe video: Sure, says NPR exec, we can hide a donation from a Muslim Brotherhood front group …
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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Ezra Klein:
Why does Mike Huckabee want Medicare to waste money?  —  What is comparative-effectiveness review?  There are two answers to this question.  The right answer, and Mike Huckabee's answer.  —  The right answer is that comparative-effectiveness review is a fancy term for studies …
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin: ‘We need much greater cuts’ than in GOP spending plan  —  The former Alaska governor urged Republicans to be “bold and strong” and have “steel spines” in the budget debate.  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Thursday criticized congressional Republicans' spending plan as too tepid …
Discussion: FrumForum
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Sen. Ron Johnson denounces ‘mob rule’  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a former businessman and now a freshman senator, held a conference call Thursday afternoon with a small group of bloggers.  For a freshman, he's entirely fluid on the issues and easily navigates between specifics and larger themes.
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Et tu, Jack Lew?  —  Everyone knows that the U.S. budget is being devoured by entitlements.  Everyone also knows that of the Big Three - Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security - Social Security is the most solvable.  —  Back-of-an-envelope solvable: Raise the retirement age …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
What I Learned At The Treasury Department  —  I was at the Treasury Department yesterday afternoon for one of these double super-secret background briefings with the Secretary and other senior officials.  What I learned: … So that's for your consideration.  I dunno.
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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Nina Shen Rastogi / Brow Beat:
David Simon, Creator of The Wire, Speaks on Felicia “Snoop” Pearson's Arrest  —  Earlier today, The Wire actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson was arrested as part of a large-scale drug raid in Baltimore and surrounding counties.  Slate asked David Simon, creator and executive producer of The Wire …
Discussion: Pileus and The Raw Story
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Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
More than 60 people, including ‘Snoop’ of ‘The Wire,’ arrested in drug raids
Discussion: Mediaite and NPR Topics
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Public Opinion And Elite Signalling  —  Kevin Drum alludes to the fact that when we had dinner together a couple of years ago in California, he took the view that progressive bloggers understate the importance of public opinion and I said I thought he was wrong and if anything we overstate it.
TMZ.com:
Cops Raid Charlie's House After Alarming Call  —  UPDATE 10:42 PM Law enforcement sources tell us cops wrapped up their search and Charlie wasn't arrested.  Charlie's lawyer, Mark Gross says police found one rifle — from the 1800s — and “a few bullets,” adding no other weapons were in the house.
Discussion: The Wire, msnbc.com and Fox Nation
 
 
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