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1:30 PM 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 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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Tsunami Relief And Preparedness Cut In GOP Budget Proposal: National Weather Service … WASHINGTON — Thursday night's massive earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami warnings that have alarmed U.S. coasts, seem likely to ignite a debate over a previously little-discussed subsection …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
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.
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Japan's Strict Building Codes Saved Lives
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
The Atlantic Online:
Earthquake in Japan  —  A massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit …
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:   U.S. Military OK in Japan Quake; Ready to Respond
Emily Rauhala / Time:
How Japan Became a Leader in Disaster Preparation
Discussion: The Daily Dish and FrumForum
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
President of China?  —  Obama's lament.  —  “Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China.  As one official put it, 'No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao's words in Tahrir Square.'”  —  “Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East,” The New York Times, March 11, 2011.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Pajamas Media
J. David Goodman / The Lede:
Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan on Twitter … Updates and Video of the Quake and Tsunami, in Japan and Elsewhere  —  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
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: Wonk Room and Paul Krugman
JSOnline:
Walker signs budget-repair bill, rescinds layoffs  —  By Don Walker, Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill Friday that repeals most collective bargaining by public employee unions.  —  He signed the bill in the morning …
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JSOnline:
Walker rescinds layoff notices
New York Times:
Wisconsin Governor Rescinds Layoff Notices
Discussion: Yglesias and The Page
Philippathomas / Philippa Thomas Online:
The State Department spokesman and the Prisoner in the Brig  —  I just heard an extraordinary remark from State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.  He was speaking to a small audience at MIT on “the benefits of new media as it relates to foreign policy”, an event organised by the Center for Future Civic Media.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Crowley slams Defense on Manning
Discussion: Time and The Nation
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 …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
DGA slams Walker, taunts govs - Santorum plans New England swing - CNN: Bachmann's serious …
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Taking off
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:   Axelrod Says Romney ‘Ought to Be Proud’ of Mass. Health Law
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Public Opinion And Elite Signalling
Shira Schoenberg / Concord Monitor:
Lawmaker advocates eugenics  —  A 91-year-old state representative told a constituent that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without “defective people.”  —  Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
NH GOP Senator Says The Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earthquake turns TV networks into print  —  An 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan yesterday, and a tsunami is spreading, right now, across the Pacific ocean.  Thus we have much news that is best consumed live and uncooked.  Here's mine, right now:  —  Not many of us carry radios in our pockets any more.
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.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Emergency Declared at Japanese Nuclear Plant  —  The Japanese government declared an “atomic power emergency” and evacuated thousands of residents living close to a nuclear plant in northern Japan after a major earthquake, but officials said there had been no radiation leak from the facility …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
 
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The Road to the White House Is Paved With Pizza
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Axelrod: Obama knows how to take a punch now
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