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8:55 AM ET, March 11, 2011

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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 …
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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.
CNN:
Massive 8.9-magnitude quake hits Japan  —  Tokyo (CNN) — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday, triggering tsunamis and sending a massive wave filled with debris that included boats and houses inching toward land.  —  The number of fatalities was unclear …
msnbc.com:
8.9-magnitude quake triggers devastating Japan tsunami  —  Homes, cars, farms swept away along northeast coast; buildings shake in Tokyo  —  Below:  —  on msnbc.com -
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Video of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
Discussion: nancynall.com
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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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NPR hosts, journalists ‘appalled’ by Ron Schiller's comments
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
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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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
The Note:
Rand Paul's Toilet Tirade  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:  —  Members of Congress are upset about a lot of things - the economy, the debt... the toilets?  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, today went off on a tirade about toilets in the midst of an Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing …
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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