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9:35 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 …
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 …
Malcolm Foster / Associated Press:
60 killed in major tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake  —  TOKYO - A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing at least 60 people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.
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
Discussion: nancynall.com
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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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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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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
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.
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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Mark Mardell / BBC:
James Clapper says Libya's Muammar Gaddafi will prevail
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.
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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