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12:35 AM ET, March 16, 2011

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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor  —  The warnings were stark and issued repeatedly as far back as 1972: If the cooling systems ever failed at a “Mark 1” nuclear reactor, the primary containment vessel surrounding the reactor would probably burst as the fuel rods inside overheated.
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New York Times:
Last Defense at Troubled Reactors: 50 Japanese Workers  —  A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan's last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe.
Associated Press:
Japan suspends work at stricken nuclear plant  —  FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Japan suspended operations to keep its stricken nuclear plant from melting down Wednesday after surging radiation made it too dangerous to stay.  —  Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers dousing the reactors …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Yuka Hayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan Officials Make Gains as Nuclear Crisis Sparks Rift
Discussion: msnbc.com and protein wisdom
Guardian:
Fukushima 50 battle radiation risks as Japan nuclear crisis deepens
New York Times:
Blaze at Reactor Adds to Challenges
David Weigel / Weigel:
Rick Scott, John Kasich, Scott Walker, and a GOP Problem for 2012  —  I was talking the other day to a Democrat who'd been battle-scarred by the 2010 Florida campaign, in which Democrats lost everything.  Everything.  Alan Grayson's career died quickly.  Kendrick Meek became a trivia question.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brutal numbers for Kasich, SB 5  —  Ohio Senate Bill 5 may not be in effect for very long...54% of voters in the state say they'd repeal it in an election later this year while just 31% say they'd vote to let the bill stand.  —  The support for repealing SB 5 is reflective of a high level …
Jon Gillooly / mdjonline.com:
John McCain's daughter speaks at KSU; wants Romney, not Palin, for president  —  KENNESAW - Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan, told a Kennesaw State University audience Monday evening that she wants to see Mitt Romney, not Sarah Palin, challenge Barack Obama for president.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
More from our Republican poll  —  In addition to the standard horse race stuff on our national Republican poll this month we also polled on some of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich's vulnerabilities- we described their potential baggage to poll respondents without actually naming them as the candidates in question.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Exploring Alternative Republican Universes
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and Fox News
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee, Bachmann Have Most Intense Following in GOP Field
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
House committee moves again to defund NPR  —  Meredith Shiner reports from the Hill that the House Rules committee will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. on H.R. 1076, the measure “to prohibit funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content.”
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
House GOP Declares Emergency ... Over NPR Funding  —  House Republicans are holding an emergency meeting of the Rules Committee on Wednesday to take up legislation that would block funding to NPR in the wake of James O'Keefe's hidden camera prank on the news organization.
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
President Obama's Trivial Pursuits  —  The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
While Japan Burns, Obama Fills Out His Bracket
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Unions vs. the little guy in Wisconsin recall fight  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  If you're a Republican, it's a scenario straight out of “Alice in Wonderland.”  Fourteen Wisconsin state senators, all Democrats, flee the state for three weeks …
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Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
Clinton: No U.S. support for Libya no-fly zone  —  From Cairo, NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports on the ongoing negotiations over a no-fly zone in Libya.  —  Carrie Dann writes:We wrote this morning that lawmakers - and the public - are split about whether the United States should implement …
Discussion: TPMDC, Hot Air, National Review and Guardian
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Political Punch:
Young Leaders of Egypt's Revolt Snub Clinton in Cairo
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Bachmann plays the victim  —  Michele Bachmann fired back at the media Tuesday, saying her Revolutionary War gaffe was only reported because she is a conservative politician.  —  “We all know there's a double standard in the media ... as we know all 3,400 members of the mainstream media …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann jabs media for hyping Revolutionary War gaffe
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
The $4-Per-Gallon President  —  Is it really any surprise that oil and gas prices are surging toward the record highs we saw in 2008 just prior to the economic collapse?  Despite the President's strange assertions in his press conference last week, his Administration is not a passive observer …
Aharding / CNN:
CNN Poll: Most say govt. shutdown bad; Tea Party disagrees  —  Washington (CNN) - Most Americans say that a federal government shutdown would be bad for the country, according to a new national poll.  —  But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also indicates that Democrats and Republicans …
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
If the Tea Party Went Downtown
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Confidence Falls in U.S. System of Government  —  Confidence in the U.S. System of Government Drops to a 35-Year Low  —  Confidence in the U.S. system of government has dropped to a new low in more than 35 years, with public attitudes burdened by continued economic discontent …
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Washington Post:
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say Afghan war isn't worth fighting
Daily Mail:
Snake dies from silicone poisoning after biting model's breast during photoshoot  —  It should have been an alluring photoshoot between two of nature's beautiful creatures as a model wrapped herself in a snake.  —  But surgically enhanced Israeli model Orit Fox got more than she bargained …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Jimmy Carter was right  —  For 40 years, America's energy policy has been a bipartisan disaster.  Since the early 1970s America's dependence on foreign oil has threatened our economy, security and national honor as we corrupted our foreign policy to satisfy our thirst for oil.  —  Nixon failed.
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
Trump Unplugged  —  [Editor's note: These are uncut excerpts from HUMAN EVENTS's exclusive interview with Donald Trump on culture, politics, and his potential run for the presidency.  To read the cover story, “Can Donald Trump Save America?” go here]  —  Trump on Charlie Sheen's debut on “Celebrity Apprentice”
Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
5 guns seized in Armstrong County raid had been reported stolen  —  Five guns seized in an accused Islamic radical's Armstrong County bedroom had been reported stolen, federal prosecutors said in a court filing today.  —  The guns were among 21 taken in January when the Federal Bureau …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul ratchets his proposed spending cuts down to $200B
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Lori Lowenthal Marcus / American Thinker:
J Street: 'Maybe Israel really ain't a good idea'
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Harry Shearer, the actor, writer, musician, and most recently filmmaker …
CNN:
Cain: Planned Parenthood's mission is ‘planned genocide’ of black babies
CNN:
House passes three-week government spending extension
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Still Waiting For The Budget Debate
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Catherine Brown / NBC Philadelphia:
Biden's Name to Grace New Rail Station
James F. McCarty / Metro:
Cuyahoga County grand jury files 7-count indictment against auto dealer Tom Ganley, accusing him of sexual imposition
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ABCNEWS:
Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Quake Cracks
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Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Messenger:
Activists confirm plans to peacefully take Capitol
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics complaint filed against Claire McCaskill