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10:55 AM ET, March 13, 2011

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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Japanese nuclear plants' operator scrambles to avert meltdowns  —  Japanese authorities said Sunday that efforts to restart the cooling system at one of the nuclear reactors damaged by Friday's earthquake had failed, even as officials struggled to bring several other damaged reactors under control.
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Robin McKie / Guardian:
Japan ministers ignored safety warnings over nuclear reactors  —  Seismologist Ishibashi Katsuhiko claimed that an accident was likely and that plants have ‘fundamental vulnerability’  —  The timing of the near nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi could not have been more appropriate.
James B. Kelleher / Reuters:
Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions  —  * Wisconsin battle has ignited national struggle  —  Up to 100,000 people protested at the Wisconsin state Capitol on Saturday against a new law curbing the union rights of public workers that is seen as one of the biggest challenges in decades facing U.S. organized labor.
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A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
For Wisconsin Lawmakers, a Hero's Homecoming  —  MADISON, Wis. — They are the unlikeliest of folk heroes.  —  But this group of once-obscure lawmakers — a dairy farmer, a lawyer and a woman who is seven months pregnant, among others — that fled this capital nearly a month ago …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Democrats See Wisconsin Loss as Galvanizing
Zach Howard / Reuters:
Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found  —  (Reuters) - A U.S.-led research team may have finally located the lost city of Atlantis, the legendary metropolis believed swamped by a tsunami thousands of years ago in mud flats in southern Spain.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Kevin Voigt / CNN:
Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis  —  (CNN) — The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.  —  “At this point, we know that one GPS station moved …
Karim Talbi / Agence France Presse:
Arab League backs Libyan no-fly zone as rebels hit  —  UQAYLA: Libyan rebels retreated under air strikes and shelling by government forces over the weekend as Arab states said the regime has lost legitimacy and backed a no-fly zone to ground its warplanes.  —  After abandoning an operation …
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP freshmen uneasy about latest stopgap bill, lawmaker says  —  Freshmen Republicans in the House are increasingly worried that party leaders will back down on spending cuts and might oppose the latest bill to avoid a government shutdown, one lawmaker says.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and FrumForum
WKEF:
TOP STORIES - CIVIL SERVICE BOARD ANNOUNCES POLICE RECRUIT SCORES  —  DAYTON — The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.  —  It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.
FOX 11 Online:
Lawmakers skipping parade after threat  —  Hopper, Thiesfeldt, talked to Fond du Lac police  —  FOND DU LAC - A parade with more than 50 entries will now be down two participants.  —  Fond du Lac police say the tension in Madison has spawned threats, they and lawmakers are acting on.
Fox News:
American Professor Kidnapped in Mexican Border City  —  CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Armed men kidnapped an American university professor while she was visiting her mother in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, the state prosecutor's office said Saturday.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Carnage on I-95 After Crash Rips Bus Apart  —  A tour bus barreling south for Manhattan overturned at high speed on a highway in the Bronx early Saturday and was sliced open by a sign stanchion in a shriek of rending metal that hurled riders about like rag dolls.
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Bachmann Mangles Revolutionary History In N.H.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire got off to a rocky start on Saturday morning when she misstated a key fact about the American Revolution in a speech to a group …
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Derek Wallbank / MinnPost:
Bachmann ‘disappointed’ with House GOP leaders over continuing resolution that doesn't defund ‘Obamacare’
 
 
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USA Today:
TSA to retest airport body scanners for radiation
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN and FrumForum
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Women's History Month Highlights the President's Resolve to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
Discussion: Eclectablog and Politics Daily
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Bill Maher To Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison: The Qur'an Is A ‘Hate Filled Holy Book’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Salon
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New York Times:
Facebook Users Who Are Under Age Raise Concerns
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Eye of the Newt  —  The presidential race is barely under way …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Focal Point
Jaime Lalinde / Vanity Fair:
Larry Kudlow Devalues Human Life With Japan Earthquake Freudian Slip