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9:50 AM ET, March 14, 2011

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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 …
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BBC:
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 Tucker / Wall Street Journal:
Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl  —  The containment structures appear to be working, and the latest reactor designs aren't vulnerable to the coolant problem at issue here.  —  Even while thousands of people are reported dead or missing, whole neighborhoods lie in ruins …
Los Angeles Times:
Japan's nuclear crisis widens
Washington Post:
At two reactors, a race to contain meltdowns
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Moderate Voice
Reuters:
Japan nuclear woes cast shadow over U.S. energy policy
Discussion: Grist and Firedoglake
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 …
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Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Sadly, the primary process might help Sarah Palin  —  It is difficult to believe, but the first election for the next president of the United States is less than a year away.  —  The New Hampshire primary is alive and well and headed toward a date of Valentine's Day next year …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Can there be life after the mandate?  —  ‘I am concerned, of course.  We have to have the individual mandate,’ said Sen. Tom Harkin.  AP Photo  —  A year after the health care overhaul's historic passage amid a volatile political debate, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
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.
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The Politico:
P.J. Crowley resigns over Manning remark
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.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
On Libya and budget, President Obama votes ‘present’  —  Senior Political Analyst Follow Him @MichaelBarone  —  In the Illinois legislature state Sen. Barack Obama voted “present” 129 times.  Today he seems to be voting present on two major issues, Libya and the budget.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Betsy's Page
Anne-Marie Slaughter / New York Times:
Fiddling While Libya Burns  —  PRESIDENT Obama says the noose is tightening around Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.  In fact, it is tightening around the Libyan rebels, as Colonel Qaddafi makes the most of the world's dithering and steadily retakes rebel-held towns.
Discussion: BBC and The Huffington Post
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Two choices in the Middle East: Libya and Morocco
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Duke guaranteeing $10 million line of credit for DNC
Discussion: The Politico
Julia Preston / New York Times:
State Legislatures Slow on Immigration Measures
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama to outline fix for ‘No Child Left Behind’ that gives states more power
Discussion: The Politico and Right Wing News
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Dead Men Risen: The snipers' story
Discussion: The Jawa Report
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Great Tractorcade That Wasn't
Discussion: alicublog, Guardian, The Nation and Time
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
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Japan earthquake: Footage of moment tsunami hit
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Pay Teachers More  —  From the debates in Wisconsin and elsewhere …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Firedoglake