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7:25 AM ET, March 14, 2011


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Explosion at Japan nuclear plant  —  Residents of the coastal city of Sendai are continuing the search for survivors amid the devastation  —  A second explosion has hit the nuclear plant in Japan that was damaged in Friday's earthquake, but officials said it had resisted the blast.
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Military Crew Said to Be Exposed to Radiation, but Officials Call Risk in U.S. Slight  —  The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
U.S. Nuclear Industry Faces New Uncertainty
Discussion: FrumForum
Japan nuclear woes cast shadow over U.S. energy policy
Discussion: Grist and Firedoglake
New York Times:
Second Explosion at Reactor as Technicians Try to Contain Damage
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WH forces P.J. Crowley to resign for condemning abuse of Manning  —  On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denounced the conditions of Bradley Manning's detention as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid,” forcing President Obama to address those comments in a Press Conference and defend the treatment of Manning.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Crowley resigns as State Department spokesman
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
State Department Spokesman Out, After Comments on Prisoner
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Going Rogue on Ailes Could Leave Palin on Thin Ice  —  Before Sarah Palin posted her infamous “Blood Libel” video on Facebook on January 12, she placed a call to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.  In the wake of the Tucson massacre, Palin was fuming that the media was blaming her heated rhetoric …
Fox News:
‘Baby Joseph’ Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S.  —  EXCLUSIVE: The baby who was hours from being pulled off life support at his Canadian hospital has been rescued by the national director of Priests For Life.  —  Joseph Maraachli, 13 months old, who is currently kept alive by a respirator …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Great Tractorcade That Wasn't  —  From some of the reports, one would think Wisconsin farmers had turned out en masse with their tractors to side with public sector employee unions against Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans who control the legislature.
Discussion: alicublog and The Nation
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 …
Daily Mail:
Glossy ‘Jihad Cosmo’ combines beauty tips with suicide bombing advice  —  Al-Qaeda has launched a women's magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.  —  Dubbed ‘Jihad Cosmo’, the glossy magazine's front cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture a woman in a veil.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Many aspiring Republican presidential candidates are going to great lengths to avoid the spotlight, but not Tim Pawlenty.  He is doing whatever he can to step into it.  —  Few audiences are too small for Mr. Pawlenty …
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Another Inside Job  —  Count me among those who were glad to see the documentary “Inside Job” win an Oscar.  The film reminded us that the financial crisis of 2008, whose aftereffects are still blighting the lives of millions of Americans, didn't just happen — it was made possible by bad behavior …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Japan earthquake: Footage of moment tsunami hit  —  Newly emerged footage shows the force at which the tsunami struck Japan's coast.  —  In the fishing port of Miyako, in Iwate prefecture, boats were overturned, while video from Kamaishi city shows cars being dragged down city streets by the water.
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama to outline fix for ‘No Child Left Behind’ that gives states more power  —  President Obama in a major speech Monday will call for a less Washington-centric approach to education reform which would give more power to state and local governments.  —  He will outline his vision …
Discussion: The Politico
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Anne-Marie Slaughter / New York Times:
Fiddling While Libya Burns
Discussion: BBC and The Huffington Post
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Dead Men Risen: The snipers' story
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Unknown person kills 5 settlers
Discussion: Daled Amos and The Jawa Report
Jo Macfarlane / Daily Mail:
Rescue efforts in rubble of devastated Japan hampered by 275 aftershocks as fears grow for 10,000 missing in port city
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea
Discussion: Cubachi, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Weekly Standard:
On Wisconsin!  —  How Republicans won the battle of Madison.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Chicago Boyz
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Pay Teachers More  —  From the debates in Wisconsin and elsewhere …
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Call an Ambulance for Political Correctness
Discussion: Boston Herald
Sapa- / Times LIVE:
Japanese volcano erupts