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5:00 PM ET, March 13, 2011


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Crowley resigns as State Department spokesman  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - P.J. Crowley abruptly resigned Sunday as State Department spokesman over controversial comments he made about the Bradley Manning case.  —  Sources close to the matter the resignation, first reported by CNN …
The Politico:
P.J. Crowley resigns over Manning remark  —  State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned after publicly crossing swords with the Pentagon over the treatment of an Army soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and sensitive diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
State Department Spokesman Out, After Comments on Prisoner  —  P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, stepped down Sunday after saying publicly that treatment of Wikileaks suspect Pfc. Bradley Manning in military detention has been “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Impolitic
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally  —  Police estimated up to 100,000 people turned out in Madison, WI yesterday to protest Gov. Scott Walker's (R) assault on unions, making it bigger than any protests the city has witnessed, even those during the Vietnam War.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
James B. Kelleher / Reuters:
Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions
Discussion: USA Today, Econbrowser and FrumForum
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
For Wisconsin Lawmakers, a Hero's Homecoming
Sapa- / Times LIVE:
Japanese volcano erupts  —  A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says.  —  It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin predicts GOP stop-gap to pass, averting shutdown  —  Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, predicted a House GOP proposal to cut spending by $6 billion over three weeks would pass the upper chamber.  —  “I think it will pass …
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
Debate over Obama's budget role
Discussion: CNN
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP freshmen uneasy about latest stopgap bill, lawmaker says
Discussion: Washington Post and FrumForum
Natasha Lennard / The Politico:
OBAMA, DANIELS SCORE LAUGHS AT GRIDIRON DINNER  —  Obama, seen here in a 2010 photo, delivered remarks at the Gridiron Dinner on Saturday.  It was his first time attending the dinner as president.  Photo by Reuters  —  President Obama used his first appearance at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner …
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.
Robin McKie / Guardian:
Japan ministers ignored safety warnings over nuclear reactors
New York Times:
Partial Meltdowns Presumed at Crippled Reactors
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Kristol Wants ‘More Than A No-Fly Zone’ In Libya, Says U.S. Should Attack Qaddafi's War Ships And Tanks  —  While the U.S. and NATO allies work with the international community to get consensus on and authorization for a no-fly zone in Libya to prevent Muammar Qaddafi's forces from killing …
Paul Krugman:
Cockroach Ideas  —  Way back, when I spent a year in the government, an old hand told me that fighting bad ideas is like flushing cockroaches down the toilet; they just come right back.  I'm having that feeling a lot lately, on at least two fronts.  —  One is the crowding out issue.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Economist's View
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: AOL News and The Impolitic
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Call an Ambulance for Political Correctness  —  “Life imitates art” is the order of the decade, and unfortunately the “art” life is imitating is Idiocracy.  —  Howie Carr's column in the Boston Herald today sets the stage: … My curiosity piqued, I found the new EMT directive on the Massachusetts state website.
Discussion: Boston Herald
Arizona Daily Star:
We must seek agreement on gun reforms  —  It's been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation.  It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost.  And in the attack's turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained …
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Weekly Standard:
On Wisconsin!  —  How Republicans won the battle of Madison.  —  Scott Walker was finished.  —  Walker figured he had been very patient.  Four weeks earlier he had proposed his budget repair bill, and he had the votes to pass it.  But one week after that, all 14 Democratic state senators fled …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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Rasmussen Reports:
3% Say Ivy League Schools Produce Better Workers
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Pay Teachers More  —  From the debates in Wisconsin and elsewhere …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Felix Salmon:
Why the Fed needs to get its act together on payments
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Former manager: Palin added to ‘short list’ for gender balance
 Earlier Items: 
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Carnage on I-95 After Crash Rips Bus Apart
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