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8:35 PM ET, March 11, 2011


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Christopher Mims / Grist:
Today's tsunami: This is what climate change looks like  —  So far, today's tsunami has mainly affected Japan—there are reports of up to 300 dead in the coastal city of Sendai—but future tsunamis could strike the U.S. and virtually any other coastal area of the world with equal or greater force, say scientists.
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Japan's Strict Building Codes Saved Lives  —  From seawalls that line stretches of Japan's coastline, to skyscrapers that sway to absorb earthquakes, to building codes that are among the world's most rigorous, no country may be better prepared to withstand earthquakes than Japan.
New York Times:
Quake and Tsunami Leaves Wake of Destruction Across Northern Japan
Tsunami hits north-eastern Japan after massive quake
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.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Clinton aide: Manning ‘mistreated’  —  PJ Crowley says Pentagon is being ‘ridiculous and stupid’ by subjecting WikiLeaks suspect to punitive conditions in jail  —  Hillary Clinton's spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon for the way it is treating military prisoner Bradley Manning …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
PJ Crowley at Center for Civic Media: only 75,000 followers fewer than Castro
Discussion: Emptywheel and techPresident
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Japan Expands Evacuation Around Nuclear Plant  —  Japanese officials early Saturday expanded the area around a crippled nuclear power plant subject to emergency evacuation, as radiation levels inside the facility were reported to have surged and operators struggled to keep the plant's cooling system operating on battery power.
Factbox: What happens when a reactor loses coolant
Discussion: Scientific American and Guardian
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Two Japanese Nuclear Units Still at Serious Risk
Discussion: Clean Beta and Guardian
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance  —  The exterior of an abandoned trailer where an 11-year-old girl was assaulted.  Numerous readers shared their concerns over how The Times handled the coverage.  —  The story quickly climbed The Times's “most emailed” list but not just because of the sensational facts of the crime involved.
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
Darkness Falls  —  Barack Obama's policy toward the Libyan struggle for freedom is no longer a muddle.  It is now a disgrace.  —  Here is what his administration and its allies have told the world, and the Libyan dictator, and the Libyan rebels, in recent days.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
President of China?
New York Times:
Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East
Jeff Barnard / Associated Press:
Calif. man swept out to sea taking tsunami pics  —  CRESCENT CITY, Calif.—The Coast Guard searched for a man Friday who was swept out to sea by powerful waves generated by the tsunami in Northern California while taking photos near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County.
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
California surfers waited in water for tsunami … SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Some California surfers rode high water from a tsunami caused by the Japanese earthquake, while other beaches were closed.  —  In Santa Cruz, it was a typical good day for surfing before the water pulled …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Casey Grove / Anchorage Daily News:
Five charged in alleged plot to kidnap or kill troopers, judge  —  FAIRBANKS: Scheme targeted judge and state troopers, officials say.  —  Five people in the Fairbanks area were arrested Thursday by state and federal law enforcement on charges connected with an alleged plot to kidnap …
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.
Associated Press:
McConnell: No debt increase without benefit cuts
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP spending plan plays better with Dems than conservatives  —  House Republicans unveiled a three-week continuing resolution Friday that funds the government through April 8 and cuts $6 billion in spending.  —  Senate Democrats immediately signaled that they could accept the measure …
Discussion: The Politico
Fhardingj / CNN:
Congress averts government shutdown with another short-term funding bill
Discussion: The Politico
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Doctors say Gabrielle Giffords told she was shot  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's husband has told her that she was shot, but she has no memory of the incident, her doctors said Friday as they offered an update on her medical condition.  —  Doctors treating the Arizona Democrat …
Rep. Giffords Talking in Full Sentences
Discussion: Politics Daily
Lee Calls / Senator Lee, U.S. Senator for Utah:
Press Release of Senator Lee  —  Senator emphasizes importance of a competitive Internet economy, cites concerns about Google's possible abuse of its predominant position and the need for vigorous antitrust oversight.  —  Washington, DC - Senator Michael S. Lee (R-UT) …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Tea Party senator presses for ‘vigorous’ oversight of Google
Charlie Cook /
The Cook Report: Trend or Fluke?  —  A new poll that shows independents warming to the role of government could signal an important shift.  —  I only get to celebrate special days like my birthday, wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, and Christmas once a year, but I can rejoice every month …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
NH GOP Senator Says The Mentally Ill Are ‘Defective People’ That Should Be Shipped Off To Siberia  —  State “budget writers looking for cash to balance the books have stripped a cumulative $1.8 billion from mental health services over the last 2 1/2 years,” with some states like Kentucky slashing their spending by as much as 47 percent.
Discussion: Union Leader and Associated Press
Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
My Sign-Off From Politics Daily … True to form, I was too busy to go to the meeting and missed my own firing yesterday; don't you hate it when that happens?  (All my life, my mom has been saying I'd be late to my own funeral, so could we please not tell her she was right?)
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Scott Baker / The Blaze:
DOES RAW VIDEO OF NPR EXPOSE REVEAL QUESTIONABLE EDITING & TACTICS?  —  On Wednesday, The Blaze posted a lengthy report looking at the ethics of undercover journalism.  The comments on the post show a lively debate and wide-ranging views on what is considered ethical and acceptable in pursuit of a scoop.
Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Hammertime: Moore's National Resources  —  This week, Michael Moore offered a simple and elegant solution to our debt problem.  —  Calling the assets of wealthy Americans a “national resource,” he suggested our problems would all be solved if we could just have access to all that money.
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Weasel Zippers
Mike Elk / The Nation:
Walker's Big Bank Donors Take a Hit  —  The blowback from Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's union-busting crusade has only just begun—and it may soon hit the governor where it really hurts: in the deep pockets of his biggest donors.  Workers have begun organizing a “Move Your Money Campaign” …
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama: No sense in defunding public broadcasting  —  President Obama defended public broadcasting from cuts on Friday, emphasizing that defunding networks like NPR and PBS would do little to rein in spending.  —  As Republicans in Congress hope to defund government assistance to the Corporation …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Christie not top choice in home state  —  (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's numerous statements that he's not interested in running for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination appears to be resonating with residents in his home state, according to a new poll.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Faster health care appeal asked
Discussion: Law Blog
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Bill Clinton: Drilling delays ‘ridiculous’
Discussion: Fox Nation
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Between Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Vote, Power Plant Sales Reappear
Discussion: Uppity Wisconsin
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Palin Says Rhetoric From Wisconsin ‘Union Bosses’ Will Get People Hurt (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos and Weigel
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Exclusive: Dems at radicalization hearings recite Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated group's talking points
Discussion: Right Turn and Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
The One That Got Away  —  Memoirist Rumsfeld seems to forget why we went to Afghanistan.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Female Tampa Mayoral Candidate Attacked For Being “Unmarried”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Wire
Robert Costa / National Review:
Santorum: Let Newt Make His So-Con Case
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mother Jones
Jason Millman / The Hill:
CBO: Defunding health reform boosts deficit
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
After GOP denials, Scarborough says he was courted for Senate
Doc Searls Weblog:
Earthquake turns TV networks into print