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11:20 PM ET, March 15, 2011


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New York Times:
Blaze at Reactor Adds to Challenges  —  TOKYO — The company that runs the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan announced Wednesday that a fire was burning there, just hours after officials said flames that erupted Tuesday had been doused.  —  Soon after that announcement …
Yuka Hayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan Officials Make Gains as Nuclear Crisis Sparks Rift
Discussion: and protein wisdom
Fukushima 50 battle radiation risks as Japan nuclear crisis deepens
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.
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 …
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
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.
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  —  Our monthly national look at the Republican Presidential primary field finds the same thing as pretty much every time- a jumble at the top with Mike Huckabee at 18%, Mitt Romney at 17%, Sarah Palin at 16%, and Newt Gingrich at 14%.
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and Fox News
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee, Bachmann Have Most Intense Following in GOP Field
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.
Discussion: Swampland, UrbanGrounds, Guardian and TPMDC
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 …
Political Punch:
Young Leaders of Egypt's Revolt Snub Clinton in Cairo  —  ABC News' Kirit Radia and Alex Marquardt report:  —  A coalition of six youth groups that emerged from Egypt's revolution last month has refused to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Cairo earlier today …
Carrie Dann /
Clinton: No U.S. support for Libya no-fly zone
Discussion: TPMDC, Hot Air, National Review and Guardian
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 …
Washington Post:
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans say Afghan war isn't worth fighting
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann jabs media for hyping Revolutionary War gaffe
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.
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 …
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 …
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
If the Tea Party Went Downtown
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
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”
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
House Republicans reject amendment that says climate change is occurring  —  House Republicans rejected amendments offered Tuesday by Democrats that called on Congress to accept the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, that it is caused in large part by human activity and it is a threat to human health.
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Harry Shearer, the actor, writer, musician, and most recently filmmaker who is best known for being the voice of characters on “The Simpsons,” had some harsh words for the news media during a visit to the D.C. journalists' private club Monday, accusing the industry of being driven by group …
New York Times:
The Abuse of Private Manning  —  Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been imprisoned for nine months on charges of handing government files to WikiLeaks, has not even been tried let alone convicted.  Yet the military has been treating him abusively, in a way that conjures creepy memories …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem shames Obama for Crowley ousting
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
The $4-Per-Gallon President
Discussion: The Politico and Climate Progress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul ratchets his proposed spending cuts down to $200B
Discussion: CNN
Lori Lowenthal Marcus / American Thinker:
J Street: 'Maybe Israel really ain't a good idea'
Cain: Planned Parenthood's mission is ‘planned genocide’ of black babies
House passes three-week government spending extension
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Still Waiting For The Budget Debate
Discussion: Eschaton
Catherine Brown / NBC Philadelphia:
Biden's Name to Grace New Rail Station
Maia Szalavitz / TIME Healthland:
Tending to Japan's Psychological Scars: What Hurts, What Helps
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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James F. McCarty / Metro:
Cuyahoga County grand jury files 7-count indictment against auto dealer Tom Ganley, accusing him of sexual imposition
Discussion: Wonkette
Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Quake Cracks
Discussion: Gothamist
Todd A. Heywood / Michigan Messenger:
Activists confirm plans to peacefully take Capitol
Discussion: Dane101 and The Political Carnival
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics complaint filed against Claire McCaskill
Chris Lee Resignation / Buffalo News:
Davis' comments shock GOP leaders
Discussion: RedState, Ballot Box and Mother Jones