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8:50 AM ET, March 15, 2011


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New York Times:
Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise  —  By HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and MATTHEW L. WALD  —  TOKYO — Japan faced the likelihood of a catastrophic nuclear accident Tuesday morning, as an explosion at the most crippled of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi …
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 …
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: Balloon Juice and Gawker
Japan radiation leaks feared as nuclear experts point to possible cover-up  —  Lack of radiation readings echoes pattern of secrecy employed after other major accidents such as Chernobyl  —  Nuclear experts have thrown doubt on the accuracy of official information issued …
Third blast at Japan nuclear plant  —  As radiation levels near the plant rise, people are being checked for exposure  —  A quake-stricken nuclear plant in Japan has been hit by a third explosion in four days, amid fears of a meltdown.  —  The blast occurred at reactor 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant …
New York Times:
Fire and Damage at Japanese Plant Raise Risk of Nuclear Disaster  —  TOKYO — Japan's nuclear crisis verged toward catastrophe on Tuesday after an explosion damaged the vessel containing the nuclear core at one reactor and a fire at another spewed large amounts of radioactive material into the air …
Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants: The No BS Info on Japan's Disastrous Nuclear Operators  —  I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations.
Japan crisis: third explosion raises spectre of nuclear nightmare  —  New explosion at Fukushima plant, as engineers fought to prevent a meltdown in the second worst nuclear accident in history.  —  A huge explosion hit another reactor at an earthquake-damaged Japanese nuclear power plant early Tuesday …
Guardian:   US embassy cables: MP criticises Japanese nuclear strategy
Peter Wynn Kirby / Opinionator:
Japan's Long Nuclear Disaster Film
Discussion: Guardian
William Saletan / Slate:
Let's cool the political meltdown over Japan's damaged nuclear power plants.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Just a Thought  —  There's so much we don't know yet about the situation in Japan.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House says Obama won't back off nuclear energy
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  —  Hey, we didn't say it.  —  After a bit of a hiatus, DOTR is back!  We were waiting for just the right issue on which to jump back in, and we think we found it (Or at least we hope we found it.  If this doesn't epitomize Statehouse Crazy, we're all screwed).
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:   KS GOP State Rep. Compares Undocumented Immigrants To Pigs, Suggests Shooting Them From Helicopters
Tom Fahey /
GOP House member resigns after mental illness remarks  —  CONCORD - Rep. Martin Harty, a Barrington Republican, has resigned his House seat in the wake of fire he drew for remarks on mental illness and population control.  —  Harty, who turns 92 this month, came into spotlight last week …
Discussion: Weigel
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
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
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 …
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
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.
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 …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Mormon Politicians From Utah Feel Tea Party Heat  —  COALVILLE, Utah — Jacqueline Smith fits no one's stereotype of a political kingmaker.  A home-schooling Mormon mother of five, Ms. Smith lives in a modest ranch-style house here in the mountains outside Salt Lake City with her husband, Cleve, a plumbing contractor.
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