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2:45 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 …
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.
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William J. Broad / New York Times:
Military Crew Said to Be Exposed to Radiation, but Officials Call Risk in U.S. Slight  —  The Pentagon was expected to announce that the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which is sailing in the Pacific, passed through a radioactive cloud from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan …
Japan nuclear woes cast shadow over U.S. energy policy
Discussion: Grist and Firedoglake
New York Times:
Second Explosion at Reactor as Technicians Try to Contain Damage
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Crowley resigns as State Department spokesman  —  Washington (CNN) - P.J. Crowley abruptly resigned Sunday as State Department spokesman over controversial comments he made about the Bradley Manning case.  —  Sources close to the matter said the resignation, first reported by CNN …
The Politico:
P.J. Crowley resigns over Manning remark  —  State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned after publicly crossing swords with the Pentagon over the treatment of an Army soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and sensitive diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
State Department Spokesman Out, After Comments on Prisoner
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 …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Great Tractorcade That Wasn't  —  From some of the reports, one would think Wisconsin farmers had turned out en masse with their tractors to side with public sector employee unions against Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans who control the legislature.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally  —  Police estimated up to 100,000 people turned out in Madison, WI yesterday to protest Gov. Scott Walker's (R) assault on unions, making it bigger than any protests the city has witnessed, even those during the Vietnam War.
Arizona Daily Star:
We must seek agreement on gun reforms  —  It's been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation.  It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost.  And in the attack's turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained …
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 …
Japan earthquake: Footage of moment tsunami hit  —  Newly emerged footage shows the force at which the tsunami struck Japan's coast.  —  In the fishing port of Miyako, in Iwate prefecture, boats were overturned, while video from Kamaishi city shows cars being dragged down city streets by the water.
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Dead Men Risen: The snipers' story
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Unknown person kills 5 settlers
Discussion: Daled Amos and Ynetnews
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans
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
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea
Discussion: Cubachi, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Rasmussen Reports:
3% Say Ivy League Schools Produce Better Workers
Weekly Standard:
On Wisconsin!  —  How Republicans won the battle of Madison.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Chicago Boyz
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Pay Teachers More  —  From the debates in Wisconsin and elsewhere …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Call an Ambulance for Political Correctness
Discussion: Boston Herald
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Japanese volcano erupts
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Durbin predicts GOP stop-gap to pass, averting shutdown
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Zach Howard / Reuters:
Lost city of Atlantis, swamped by tsunami, may be found