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8:00 AM ET, March 13, 2011


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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.
Discussion: First Draft and AMERICAblog News
Japan nuclear fears as systems fail at second reactor  —  Officials warn of more radiation leaks as residents panic, jamming city's exit roads  —  Fears of another explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant are growing after officials said the cooling system in a second reactor had failed.
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Jawa Report
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 …
Derek Wallbank / MinnPost:
Bachmann ‘disappointed’ with House GOP leaders over continuing resolution that doesn't defund ‘Obamacare’
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.
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 …
Glenn Davis / Mediaite:
Bill Maher To Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison: The Qur'an Is A ‘Hate Filled Holy Book’  —  The emotion shown by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) at Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) Muslim radicalization hearings garnered much attention, and we have a feeling Ellison's appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher tonight will get its share of play as well.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Salon
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.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Eye of the Newt  —  The presidential race is barely under way, but already we have had our first Big Thought.  I am speaking, of course, of Newt Gingrich's suggestion that he was driven into serial adultery by hard work and patriotism.  —  “There's no question that at times in my life …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Focal Point
Jaime Lalinde / Vanity Fair:
Larry Kudlow Devalues Human Life With Japan Earthquake Freudian Slip  —  In these tough economic times, isn't it nice to know that calamitous natural disasters needn't have an adverse affect on your investment portfolio?  After the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan failed to induce a market nosedive …
The White House:
WEEKLY ADDRESS: Women's History Month Highlights the President's Resolve to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act  —  WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Obama focused on Women's History Month and paid homage to the accomplishments of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the effort to increase the role of women in government.
Discussion: Eclectablog and Politics Daily
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