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10:25 AM ET, March 15, 2011


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New York Times:
Workers Strain to Retake Control After Blast and Fire at Japan Plant  —  TOKYO — Japanese officials and safety workers struggled to reassert control over badly damaged nuclear reactors and avert calamity on Tuesday after the situation at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant appeared …
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
Fox News Discovers Nuclear Reactor In Japanese Disco  —  Earlier today on Fox News' Your World With Neil Cavuto, this map popped up detailing the locations of Japan's nuclear power plants:  —  One name seems out of place on the graphic — that of “Shibuyaeggman.”
Discussion: Oliver Willis, Balloon Juice and Gawker
Jeremy Gordon / World Nuclear News:
Dramatic escalation in Japan  —  UPDATE 1: 1.58am GMT Information from TV appearance, change of headline from ‘Possible damage to Fukushima Daiichi 2’  —  CORRECTION: 1.58am GMT Removal of potential inaccuracy on torus' status in containment  —  UPDATE 2: 2.19am GMT Information from government …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Japan reactor crisis: Obama, Republicans still back nukes
Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants: The No BS Info on Japan's Disastrous Nuclear Operators
Japan radiation leaks feared as nuclear experts point to possible cover-up
New York Times:
Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise
Peter Wynn Kirby / Opinionator:
Japan's Long Nuclear Disaster Film
Discussion: Guardian
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee, Bachmann Have Most Intense Following in GOP Field  —  Sarah Palin is best known, but her Positive Intensity Score trails  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the field of possible GOP presidential candidates in “positive intensity” among Republicans nationwide …
Scott Rothschild / The Lawrence Journal-World:
Kansas legislator suggests using hunters in helicopters to control illegal immigration, likens immigrants to feral hogs  —  TOPEKA — A legislator said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled — with hunters shooting from helicopters.
Roy Rogers / Dome on the Range:
Peck: If You're Brown, You're Going Down
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:   KS GOP State Rep. Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Pigs, Suggests Shooting Them From Helicopters
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Presses Administration For Clear Withdrawal Plan From Afghanistan … WASHINGTON — While President Obama has said that U.S. combat forces will begin leaving Afghanistan in July 2011 and be fully out by 2014, the pace of that withdrawal is still up in the air.
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Gen. Petraeus to be pressed on Afghan war's costs, timeline
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Are Israeli Settlers Human?  —  A family of five slaughtered in their beds.  Some Palestinians call it ‘natural.’  —  A few years ago, British poet and Oxford don Tom Paulin offered a view on what should be done to certain Jewish settlers.  “[They] should be shot dead,” he told Al-Ahram Weekly.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Israel Matzav
New York Times:
The Abuse of Private Manning  —  Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been imprisoned for nine months on charges of handing government files to WikiLeaks, has not even been tried let alone convicted.  Yet the military has been treating him abusively, in a way that conjures creepy memories …
The Politico:
Republicans wary of David Rivera scandal  —  Florida Rep. David Rivera, under an ethical cloud and facing an expanding investigation into his finances, is in a political squeeze from Republicans in Washington and Miami just two months into his congressional tenure.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative bloc leader to oppose GOP bill with ‘bite-sized’ cuts
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
N.R.A. Declines to Meet With Obama on Gun Policy  —  WASHINGTON — More than two months after the Tucson shootings, the administration is calling together both the gun lobby and gun safety groups to find common ground.  But President Obama has no plans to take the lead in proposing further …
Felix Salmon:
Don't donate money to Japan  —  Individuals are doing it, banks are doing it — faced with the horrific news and pictures from Japan, everybody wants to do something, and the obvious thing to do is to donate money to some relief fund or other.  —  Please don't.
John / Power Line:
USA Inc.  —  If the United States were a company, what financial shape would it be in?  And what would it make sense to do to put the company on a sounder footing?  These are the intriguing questions that a group of investment analysts from Kleiner Perkins, headed by Mary Meeker, set out to answer.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Chicago Boyz
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Documentarians Hit the Campaign Trail  —  Until recently, a campaign book, usually ghost-written, was enough of an introduction for a serious presidential candidate.  Then along came documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi and her unlikely hit, “Journeys with George” - and just like that …
Discussion: GOP 12
Andy Szal / WisPolitics Budget Blog:
Fitzgerald: Dem senators won't be allowed to vote in committees  —  Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald wrote this afternoon in an email to his caucus that Senate Dems remain in contempt of the Senate and will not be allowed to vote in committees despite returning from their out-of-state boycott of the budget repair bill vote.
Fhardingj / CNN:
Barbour meets and greets in Iowa  —  (CNN) - Appearing more and more like a presidential candidate, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour wraps up a two-day visit to Iowa Tuesday night by headlining a state Republican party dinner.  —  Barbour keynotes the Chairman's Dinner in Davenport, Iowa.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Neal Boortz /
To America's hot-to-protest college students  —  Not sure about you, but I was absolutely thrilled last week when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the legislation ending most collective bargaining rights for government worker unions.  The more these government employee unions get slapped around by reality, the happier I am.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Former Senator Evan Bayh To Pair Lobbying With Conservative Television Punditry  —  When he first announced that he was stepping down from the United States Senate, Evan Bayh cited a lot of high-minded reasons for the decision.  So high-minded was his talk that Ezra Klein was moved to remark that …
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Michele Bachmann's First Action As Pres. Candidate?  Offer Her Birth Certificate  —  Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is not afraid to continue to beat the birth certificate drum as a criticism of President Obama.  Appearing on the radio show of conservative host Jeff Katz …
The Note:
Michele Bachmann's Historical Blunder
Discussion: The Politico and Guardian
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Social Security reform splits White House political, economic teams
Discussion: The Note, TPMDC and FrumForum
Lynn Sweet:
Obama wooing donors for his 2012 re-election bid Monday night
Discussion: National Review and The Page
Lee Ross / Fox News:
White House Urges Supreme Court Not to Jump Into Health Care Law Cases Prematurely
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Kevin Drawbaugh / Reuters:
Republicans mount first Dodd-Frank challenge
Discussion: The Hill and Wonk Room
Richard Shears / Daily Mail:
Miracle of the baby girl plucked from the rubble: Four-month-old reunited with her father after incredible rescue
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Coverage Lifts CNN Ratings
Discussion: Big Hollywood and
David Nather / The Politico:
Steve King: Defunding or bust
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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Mormon Politicians From Utah Feel Tea Party Heat
Tom Fahey /
GOP House member resigns after mental illness remarks
Discussion: Weigel
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Ron Paul's Group Raised $1.1 Million in the Past Month
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
History and the Great Depression
Why is there no looting in Japan?