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11:00 PM ET, March 14, 2011


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New York Times:
3rd Blast Strikes Japan Nuclear Plant as Workers Struggle to Cool Reactor  —  By HIROKO TABUCHI, KEITH BRADSHER and MATTHEW L. WALD  —  TOKYO — An explosion early Tuesday morning damaged the No. 2 reactor at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the third in a series of blasts …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Kyodo News, Guardian and The BRAD BLOG
Japan radiation leaks feared as nuclear experts point to possible cover-up
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Guardian:   US embassy cables: MP criticises Japanese nuclear strategy
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
Fox News Discovers Nuclear Reactor In Japanese Disco
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and FrumForum
Peter Wynn Kirby / Opinionator:   Japan's Long Nuclear Disaster Film
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Nukes Versus Hydrocarbons
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mother Jones
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Palin and the “Party of Ideas” … This wouldn't be much of a change from the intellectually empty brand of pseudo-populism that prevails right now.  What makes some of the new movement conservative anxiety about Palin so amusing is that the people cited in the article continue to perpetuate …
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Sadly, the primary process might help Sarah Palin
Fhardingj / CNN:
Palin has path to win, Republican warns
Discussion: Pundits Blog and FrumForum
The Huffington Post:
Fox News Signs Former Senator Evan Bayh As A Contributor … UPDATE: Fox News officially announced on Monday afternoon that former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is becoming a contributor to the network.  —  Michael Clemente, the network's senior vice president for news, announced the move in a statement.
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
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable News Viewership Declines Double Digits in 2010
Sen. Marco Rubio / RedState:
No More Short-Term Budget CR's  —  “Washington politicians of both parties scrambling to put together two and three week plans to keep funding the government, while not fundamentally changing the behavior that has gotten us into this mess to begin with.”  —  Our country faces a brutal reality …
Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR: O'Keefe ‘Inappropriately Edited’ Video; Exec's Words Still ‘Egregious’  —  An update on our post from Sunday about the questions that have been raised regarding conservative political activist James O'Keefe's editing of his secretly recorded video of then-NPR chief fundraiser Ron Schiller slamming conservatives.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Japan, Reno humor in Barbour's shop  —  Every morning, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's press secretary sends to Barbour's staff and other allies a list of press clippings, along with a daily compendium of birthdays, historical notes, and jokes — which have recently included humor …
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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values
The Note:
Michele Bachmann's Historical Blunder
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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.
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
Anxiety grows as deaths rise in Japan  —  Sendai, Japan (CNN) — In a nation already besieged with grief over mounting casualties, fears of possible radiation and the threat of more earthquakes, the nightmare grew for Japanese residents Monday as thousands of bodies reportedly were found …
U.S. Senator Dick Lugar:
Lugar Says Arab League Should Pay for Libyan No-Fly Zone Obama Administration Must Also Get Congress to Declare War  —  Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement:  —  On Saturday, March 12 …
Discussion: CNN, New York Times, Hot Air and Eunomia
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Chamber Of Commerce's Top SCOTUS Litigator Admits Justices Give Special Treatment to Chamber  —  A recent study co-authored by conservative Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner confirms something that has been obvious to Supreme Court watchers for years — the Roberts Court places a huge thumb …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Beck: “I'm Not Not Saying” God Is Causing Earthquakes  —  Note: This has been updated from its original version to include more from Beck's rant.  —  Following a lengthy discussion involving the Japanese earthquake, bond markets, unrest in Libya, and a man who was killed trying to photograph …
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GOP House member resigns after mental illness remarks
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Santorum, possible GOP presidential candidate, attacks Romney on health care
The Note:
Donald Trump Adviser Pushes Back Against Allegations Of Election Law Violations
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Ron Paul's Group Raised $1.1 Million in the Past Month
Obi's Sister:
Five Years In and Still Going Strong
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Senate GOP plays nominees against trade
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
History and the Great Depression
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Associated Press:
Pirate threatens India after capture of 61 pirates
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Mika On The Brink Of A Domino's Breakdown
Discussion: Moonbattery
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Virginia GOP Use Emergency Rule To Impose Anti-Abortion Rules, May Force 17 Of 21 Clinics To Close
Why is there no looting in Japan?
Mike Zapler / The Politico:
Al Franken: 'They're coming after the Internet'
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Pajamas Media
Daily Kos:
Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion
Discussion: Shakesville and Taylor Marsh