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10:05 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
Discussion: nancynall.com and The Awl
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Tsunami waves hit Hawaii, sweep across islands  —  Tsunami waves hit Hawaii in the early morning hours Friday and were sweeping through the island chain after an earthquake in Japan sparked evacuations throughout the Pacific and as far as the U.S. western coast.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Waves from Japan quake will hit California coast after 8 a.m.
Discussion: BBC
msnbc.com:
Hundreds dead after massive quake slams Japan
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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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Note, GOP 12 and Booman Tribune
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 …
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
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
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.
William J. Bennett / CNN:
Hearing on radicalization in Muslim community makes sense  —  Editor's note: CNN contributor William J. Bennett is the Washington fellow of the Claremont Institute.  He was U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 and was director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush.
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Jawa Report
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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