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11:15 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 …
CNN:
Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan  —  Editor's Note: Read live blogging of the Japan tsunami and earthquake.  Are you there?  Send your video, pictures to iReport.  For more news visit CNN affiliates KHON and KHNL.  —  Tokyo (CNN) — The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan …
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
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
The Atlantic Online:
Earthquake in Japan  —  A massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing dozens of deaths, more than 80 fires, and a 10-meter (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline.  Homes were swept away and damage is extensive.  As more images of this historic event become available, they will be added below.
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Waves from Japan quake will hit California coast after 8 a.m.
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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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Along for the Ride  —  Republican presidential hopefuls aren't so much leading as reacting.  That could hurt them in 2012.  —  Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.  —  Proving that truism, the slowly emerging class of Republican presidential candidates increasingly looks like a bunch of bystanders.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Public Opinion And Elite Signalling
Fhardingj / CNN:
Bad weather grounds Romney but doesn't prevent big endorsement
Discussion: The Page and Frontloading HQ
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?
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
New Temporary Spending Bill in Works  —  WASHINGTON — With little hope of a budget deal being reached before the end of next week, House Republicans are preparing another short-term spending measure to give the House and Senate a chance to come to agreement over a broader plan to keep the government operating through Sept. 30.
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The Hill:
GOP lines up $6 billion more in cuts
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.
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
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.
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
Tim Pawlenty / Minnesota Public Radio:
Tim Pawlenty's Team  —  Possible 2012 Presidential Candidate  —  Pawlenty served as Minnesota governor from 2003-2010.  He grew up in South St. Paul and was the first person in his family to graduate from college.  He earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota and worked as a criminal prosecutor.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ben Smith's Blog
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Age of the Political Sting  —  Vivian Schiller, the CEO of National Public Radio, resigned Wednesday after her chief fundraiser was caught making nasty comments about the tea party movement during a conversation with someone he thought might be a potential donor.  —  No, that's not a misprint.
Discussion: Eschaton and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East  —  WASHINGTON — In the Middle East crisis, as on other issues, there are two Barack Obamas: the transformative historical figure and the pragmatic American president.  Three months after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself aflame …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Escalates Pressure on Libya Amid Mixed Signals  —  WASHINGTON — The White House announced a five-point program on Thursday of steps to isolate Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and ultimately drive him from power, all stopping well short of military action, but distanced itself from the assessment …
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JSOnline:
Walker rescinds layoff notices  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker on Friday directed two state agencies to rescind layoff notices because the Legislature passed the budget-repair bill.  —  Walker sent his directive to the state Department of Administration and the office of State Employment Relations.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
 
 
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