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2:50 PM 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 …
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New York Times:
Risk of Meltdown Spreads at Japanese Plant  —  TOKYO — The risk of a meltdown spread to a third reactor at a stricken nuclear power plant in Japan on Monday as its cooling systems failed, exposing its fuel rods, only hours after a second explosion at a separate reactor blew the roof off a containment building.
Kyodo News:
Fukushima No. 2 reactor's fuel rods fully exposed, melting feared
Discussion: Reuters
William Saletan / Slate:
Let's cool the political meltdown over Japan's damaged nuclear power plants.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Yglesias
BBC:
Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans
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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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Iraq Then, Libya Now  —  Five years ago, in the darkest days of insurgent violence and Sunni-Shia strife, it seemed as if the Iraq war would shadow American foreign policy for decades, frightening a generation's worth of statesmen away from using military force.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Slippery Slope Of Unilateralism  —  I had an interesting back and forth several years ago with Anne-Marie Slaughter, then a professor at Princeton, later policy planning director at the State Department, and now back to academia about an old line from something she wrote where she said …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
On Libya and budget, President Obama votes ‘present’
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 …
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The Politico:
'She's becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition'
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Chamber Of Commerce's Top SCOTUS Litigator Admits Justices Give Special Treatment to Chamber  —  A new 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 on the scale in favor of corporate interests.
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Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Judge Posner Dissents on Mock Trials
Discussion: Law Blog and SCOTUSblog
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable News Viewership Declines Double Digits in 2010 … After years of audience growth, cable news may have hit a wall.  —  According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism's annual State of the News Media report, cable news viewership for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News fell substantially in 2010 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Swampland and Wonkette
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Rubio to oppose new spending bill  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) said Monday that he won't support any new short-term measures to fund the government and keep it running.  —  Rubio, the freshman conservative senator, ruled out supporting the forthcoming measure by House Republicans to extend funding …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Page and 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: Guardian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Another Inside Job  —  Count me among those who were glad to see the documentary “Inside Job” win an Oscar.  The film reminded us that the financial crisis of 2008, whose aftereffects are still blighting the lives of millions of Americans, didn't just happen — it was made possible by bad behavior …
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Duke guaranteeing $10 million line of credit for DNC  —  Duke Energy Corp., whose CEO is leading the fundraising for the Democratic National Convention, is guaranteeing a $10 million line of credit for the event.  —  The credit line from Fifth Third Bank is apparently the first time such an arrangement …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Republicans push English-only bill, requires language tests  —  Republicans introduce legislation in the House and Senate to make English the official language of the U.S.  —  Republicans in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation that would declare English the official language …
wnec.edu:
Scott Brown Holds Advantage in Early Senate Polling  —  MORE THAN HALF OF REGISTERED VOTERS SAY HE DESERVES RE-ELECTION  —  Republican Scott Brown is in a strong position as he prepares to seek a full six-year term in the United States Senate in 2012, according to the latest survey …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and SENATUS
Mike Zapler / The Politico:
Al Franken: 'They're coming after the Internet'  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Al Franken claimed Monday that big corporations are “hoping to destroy” the Internet and issued a call to arms to several hundred tech-savvy South by Southwest attendees to preserve net neutrality.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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 …
 
 
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
DNC chair ‘likely’ to run for Senate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and FrumForum
Fhardingj / CNN:
Barbour gets tough on Obama
Discussion: FrumForum
Daily Kos:
Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion
Discussion: Shakesville
Robert Peston / BBC:
How will Japan finance its reconstruction?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Celebs press Obama on gay marriage
Steve Yoder / American Prospect:
Prisoner's Dilemma  —  Some states are looking to end policies …
Discussion: PostBourgie
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Izzo / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Rate at 2012 Presidential Vote Forecast at 7.7%, Highest Since Carter-Ford, but the Trend May Matter Most
Discussion: Ballot Box
The Politico:
For 2012ers, past is present
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Olympia Meola / www2.timesdispatch.com:
Va. tea-party activists frustrated with Cantor