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8:45 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 said 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.
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.
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.”
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.
James B. Kelleher / Reuters:
Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions
Discussion: USA Today, FrumForum and Econbrowser
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 …
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: The Moderate Voice
Japan nuclear woes cast shadow over U.S. energy policy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Anxiety over Japan's quake-crippled nuclear reactors has triggered calls from lawmakers and activists for review of U.S. energy policy and for brakes on expansion of domestic nuclear power.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Climate Progress
Robin McKie / Guardian:
Japan ministers ignored safety warnings over nuclear reactors
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.
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: CNN, Mediaite, The Hill and Fox News
Why I am not worried about Japan's nuclear reactors.  —  Thanks for your interest.  175 000 hits and counting, number 2 on Twitter as of 6.30pm EST.  —  This article refers mainly to the events of the Daiichi-1 reactor.  The developments at Daiichi-3 seem to take a parallel course today.
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea  —  Rescuers spot 60-year-old from Fukushima prefecture clinging to the roof of his home two days after the tsunami struck  —  • Live coverage of Japan earthquake and tsunami  —  A 60-year-old man has been found …
Discussion: Cubachi, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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 …
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 and Pundit & Pundette
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP freshmen uneasy about latest stopgap bill, lawmaker says
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN 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 …
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Pay Teachers More  —  From the debates in Wisconsin and elsewhere …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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