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4:35 PM ET, March 14, 2011

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New York Times:
Emergency Cooling Effort at Reactor Is Failing, Deepening Japanese Crisis  —  TOKYO — Japan's struggle to contain the crisis at a stricken nuclear power plant worsened early Tuesday morning, as emergency operations to pump seawater into one crippled reactor temporarily failed …
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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 …
William Tucker / Wall Street Journal:
Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House says Obama won't back off nuclear energy
Discussion: FrumForum
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Just a Thought  —  There's so much we don't know yet about the situation in Japan.
Kyodo News:
Fukushima No. 2 reactor's fuel rods fully exposed, melting feared
Discussion: Reuters
BBC:
Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and New York Times
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 …
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The Politico:
'She's becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition'  —  Sarah Palin has played the sexism card, accusing critics of chauvinism against a strong woman.  —  She has played the class card, dismissing the Bush family as “blue bloods,” and complaining that she is the target of snobbery by people …
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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
Palin has path to win, Republican warns
Discussion: FrumForum
Clyde Middleton / Liberty Pundits Blog:
Judd Gregg's cheap shot at Sarah removes him from intelligent discourse
Discussion: Riehl World View
The Politico:
'She's becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition'
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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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 …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable News Viewership Declines Double Digits in 2010
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.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Slippery Slope Of Unilateralism
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Swampland
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
On Libya and budget, President Obama votes ‘present’
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative bloc leader to oppose GOP bill with ‘bite-sized’ cuts  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the head of the powerful conservative Republican Study Committee, will vote against the three-week House spending bill Tuesday.  —  Jordan's decision will put pressure on other conservative members …
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill, TPMDC and The Page
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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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Rubio to oppose new spending bill
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Page and FrumForum
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 …
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.
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Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Source of the Kaine Senate buzz  —  The rumor floating around Twitter is that Tim Kaine told his class at the University of Richmond that he planned to run for Senate.  The origin of this still-unconfirmed rumor is a student identified only as “Greg” “Gray” calling into Rob Schilling's radio show on WINA.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
DNC chair ‘likely’ to run for Senate
Discussion: FrumForum
The Note:
Michele Bachmann's Historical Blunder  —  ABC New's Amy Walter and Amy Bingham report:  —  A blunder of historical fact - not proportions - tainted Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's first visit to New Hampshire this weekend.  Speaking to students and conservative activists in Manchester …
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
Daily Kos:
Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion  —  Sounds far-fetched, right?  Well it isn't.  The anti-choice zealots aren't content to limiting a woman's access to safe and legal abortion, they're now thought police: … Yes, as if Ms. Taylor's existing problems weren't enough …
Discussion: Shakesville
Telegraph:
Why is there no looting in Japan?  —  The landscape of parts of Japan looks like the aftermath of World War Two; no industrialised country since then has suffered such a death toll.  The one tiny, tiny consolation is the extent to which it shows how humanity can rally round in times of adversity …
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT
 
 
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