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3:50 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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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Just a Thought  —  There's so much we don't know yet about the situation in Japan.
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
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
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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Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans say yes to no fly zone, no to ground troops
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’
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
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 …
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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
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, TPMDC and The Page
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
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 …
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
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: CNN, AmSpecBlog and FrumForum
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.
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
 
 
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Expand drilling to ease energy crisis, voters say
Telegraph:
Why is there no looting in Japan?
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Green Development? Not in My (Liberal) Backyard
Discussion: Green and National Review
Fhardingj / CNN:
Barbour gets tough on Obama
Discussion: FrumForum
Steve Yoder / American Prospect:
Prisoner's Dilemma  —  Some states are looking to end policies …
Discussion: PostBourgie
 Earlier Items: 
wnec.edu:
Scott Brown Holds Advantage in Early Senate Polling
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and SENATUS
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Rubio to oppose new spending bill
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Page and FrumForum
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Duke guaranteeing $10 million line of credit for DNC