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4:20 PM ET, March 14, 2011

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New York Times:
Emergency Cooling Effort Failing at Japanese Reactor, Deepening Crisis  —  TOKYO — Japan's struggle to contain the crisis at a stricken nuclear power plant worsened sharply early Tuesday morning, as emergency operations to pump seawater into one crippled reactor failed at least temporarily …
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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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House says Obama won't back off nuclear energy
Discussion: FrumForum
Kyodo News:
Fukushima No. 2 reactor's fuel rods fully exposed, melting feared
Discussion: Reuters
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Just a Thought  —  There's so much we don't know yet about the situation in Japan.
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
The Politico:
'She's becoming Al Sharpton, Alaska edition'
Discussion: Firedoglake
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’
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans say yes to no fly zone, no to ground troops
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 …
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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 …
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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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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 Hill, The Politico, TPMDC and The Page
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
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 …
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
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
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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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Former Senator Evan Bayh To Pair Lobbying With Conservative Television Punditry
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMDC
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
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Source of the Kaine Senate buzz
Discussion: CNN, AmSpecBlog and FrumForum
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
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Duke guaranteeing $10 million line of credit for DNC
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans