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11:40 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 …
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.
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
New York Times:
Radioactive Releases in Japan Could Last Months, Experts Say  —  WASHINGTON — As the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis begins to come to light, experts in Japan and the United States say the country is now facing a cascade of accumulating problems that suggest that radioactive releases of steam …
Discussion: Climate Progress and Reuters
Japan nuclear woes cast shadow over U.S. energy policy
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
For Wisconsin Lawmakers, a Hero's Homecoming
James B. Kelleher / Reuters:
Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions
Discussion: Truthdig, The Hill, USA Today and FrumForum
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: National Review
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 …
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
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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
Rasmussen Reports:
3% Say Ivy League Schools Produce Better Workers
Weekly Standard:
On Wisconsin!  —  How Republicans won the battle of Madison.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Chicago Boyz
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
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Call an Ambulance for Political Correctness
Discussion: Boston Herald
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Former manager: Palin added to ‘short list’ for gender balance
Zach Howard / Reuters:
Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found
Discussion: AOL News, The Impolitic and Sky Dancing
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Carnage on I-95 After Crash Rips Bus Apart