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Red Alert: Nuclear Meltdown at Quake-Damaged Japanese Plant  —  A March 12 explosion at the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Japan, appears to have caused a reactor meltdown.  —  The key piece of technology in a nuclear reactor is the control rods.
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New York Times:
Radiation Leaks Said to Recede After Blast at Japan Nuclear Plant  —  TOKYO — An explosion at a nuclear power plant in northern Japan on Saturday blew the roof off one building and destroyed the exterior walls of a crippled reactor, but officials said radiation leaks from the plant were receding …
BBC:
Japan warns of small radiation leak at nuclear plant  —  Pressure in one of the six reactors is considerably higher than normal, Japan's nuclear agency says  —  Japanese authorities have warned there could be a small radiation leak from a nuclear reactor whose cooling system was knocked out by the earthquake.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Japan Pushes to Rescue Survivors as Quake Toll Rises  —  NAKAMINATO, Japan — Japan on Saturday mobilized a nationwide rescue effort to pluck survivors from collapsed buildings and rush food and water to thousands in an earthquake and tsunami zone under siege, without water, electricity, heat or telephone service.
Reuters:
Radiation leaking from Japan's quake-hit nuclear
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyung Lah / CNN:
Japan scrambles to reach trapped victims
Discussion: AOL News
msnbc.com:
Meltdown possible at Japan nuclear plant, official says
Reuters:
Factbox: What happens when a reactor loses coolant
Discussion: Scientific American and Guardian
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
Two [Now Five] Japanese Nuclear Units Still at Serious Risk
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 …
Daniel Hannan / Wall Street Journal:
A European's Warning to America  —  The perils of following us toward greater regulation, higher taxes and centralized power.  —  On a U.S. talk-radio show recently, I was asked what I thought about the notion that Barack Obama had been born in Kenya.  “Pah!”  I replied.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Cubachi:
Daniel Hannan to America: “You deserve better, cousins.”  —  Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament, and the most popular Englishman in conservative and libertarian circles, wrote a marvelous opinion piece extolling the virtues of America, and the dangers of Europeanization.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
POLITICIANS CAUGHT ACCIDENTALLY TELLING THE TRUTH.... Incidents surrounding live mics are some of my favorites — unexpected candor can be revealing.  —  Take this gem out of Iowa, for example.  (thanks to Blue Girl for the tip) … The conversation was between some of the top leaders of the Iowa State House.
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Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
House Republican, caught on tape, jokes of ‘give a handgun to a schizophrenic bill’  —  A snafu during a legislative debate where a microphone was turned on captured banter between two Iowa GOP leaders, who also joked about a “give-a-handgun-to-a-schizophrenic bill.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mark Kleiman / The Reality-Based Community:
A weak President  —  Asked about the extraordinary conditions imposed on Bradley Manning and the even more extraordinary remarks of the State Department spokesman dumping on DoD for that mistreatment, Barack Obama sounds completely clueless.  Clueless at the Bush level:
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Wesley K. Clark / Washington Post:
Gen. Wesley Clark says Libya doesn't meet the test for U.S. military action  —  In March of 1974, when I was a young Army captain, I was sitting in a conference on civil-military relations at Brown University.  Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.) was onstage expounding on the lessons from Vietnam about military interventions.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
GOP spending plan plays better with Dems than conservatives
Discussion: FrumForum, CNN and The Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama promises to continue fight for women's equality  —  Two days after Senate Democrats demanded that President Obama take a more public stance in the budget fight, Obama devoted his weekly address to honoring Women's History Month.  —  While Democrats want the president to plunge …
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Some respond to Japan earthquake by pointing to global warming  —  Hours after a massive earthquake rattled Japan, environmental advocates connected the natural disaster to global warming.  The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, issued a statement calling …
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Christopher Mims / Grist:
Does climate change mean more tsunamis?
David Holthouse / Media Matters for America:
BREAKING: Alaska Militia Members Arrested for Plot to Kidnap or Kill Police  —  Francis “Schaeffer” Cox Photo from Anchorage Press  —  Five members and associates of a Fairbanks, Alaska, right-wing militia group were arrested yesterday for allegedly plotting to kidnap or kill Alaska State Troopers and a Fairbanks judge.
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