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3:55 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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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Clinton aide: Manning ‘mistreated’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Crowley slams Defense on Manning
Discussion: Time, Swampland, Threat Level 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
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
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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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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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.
CNN:
Japan struggling to ‘cool down’ nuclear plant, minister says  —  Tokyo (CNN) — Officials ordered an evacuation Friday of residents living near a Japanese nuclear power plant, saying there has been no sign yet of leaks but indicating a struggle to “cool down” the facility.
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Emergency Declared at Japanese Nuclear Plant
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Matt Welch / CNN:
Defund public broadcasting and set it free
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 …
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 …
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
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 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.
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.
Robert S. Boynton / The Atlantic Online:
North Korea's Digital Underground  —  TO SMUGGLE FACTS INTO OR OUT OF NORTH KOREA IS TO RISK IMPRISONMENT AND EVEN EXECUTION.  YET TODAY, AIDED BY A HALF-DOZEN STEALTHY MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY, CITIZEN-JOURNALISTS ARE USING TECHNOLOGIES NEW AND OLD TO BREAK THE REGIME'S IRON GRIP ON INFORMATION.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mother Jones
 
 
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