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4:20 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:
Devastation as Tsunami Crashes Into Japan  —  TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century.  The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities …
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.
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
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Christopher Mims / Grist:
Today's tsunami: This is what climate change looks like
The Atlantic Online:
Earthquake in Japan  —  A massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit …
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, Threat Level, Swampland and The Nation
@chuckdude:   So, That Just Happened
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 …
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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
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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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
After GOP denials, Scarborough says he was courted for Senate  —  MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has asked him about running against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in 2012.  —  Scarborough said in an interview with The Hill, “John suggested last month …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Naked Politics
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
DGA slams Walker, taunts govs - Santorum plans New England swing - CNN: Bachmann's serious …
Bob Cusack / Ballot Box:
GOP woos ‘Morning Joe’ for Fla. Senate
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.
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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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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Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Christie not top choice in home state
Discussion: The Politico
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Public Opinion And Elite Signalling
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 …
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Matt Welch / CNN:
Defund public broadcasting and set it free
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 …
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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