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3:35 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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William Tucker / Wall Street Journal:
Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl
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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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.
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
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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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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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
Mike Zapler / The Politico:
Al Franken: 'They're coming after the Internet'
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Fhardingj / CNN:
Barbour gets tough on Obama
Discussion: FrumForum
Daily Kos:
Iowa Woman Jailed for Thinking about an Abortion
Discussion: Shakesville
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: Hot Air and Ballot Box
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