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6:35 PM ET, March 15, 2011

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New York Times:
Workers Strain to Retake Control After Blast and Fire at Japan Plant  —  TOKYO — Japanese officials and safety workers struggled to reassert control over badly damaged nuclear reactors and avert calamity on Tuesday after the situation at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant appeared …
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Yuka Hayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Japan Officials Make Gains as Nuclear Crisis Sparks Rift  —  Conditions at Plant Are Stabilized but Worst May Not Be Over  —  WSJ's Yukimo Ono reports from Tokyo on a third explosion at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, along with continued rescue efforts in the wake of last week's earthquake.
Kyodo News:   Spent nuke fuel pool may be boiling, further radiation leak feared
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: The Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
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Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
House GOP Declares Emergency ... Over NPR Funding
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem leader: Opposition growing to short-term spending fixes
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Gawker
John Stanton / Roll Call:
House Passes Three-Week CR
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker says, on the budget, Democrats left a ‘pile of crap’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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The Note:
The Note: GOP Losing Ground In Battle Over Deficit
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee, Bachmann Have Most Intense Following in GOP Field  —  Sarah Palin is best known, but her Positive Intensity Score trails  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the field of possible GOP presidential candidates in “positive intensity” among Republicans nationwide …
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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.
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David Nir / Daily Kos:
Wisconsin recall: 3 GOP state senators trail Generic Dem, more at risk  —  We asked our pollster, Public Policy Polling, to test the waters in all eight Republican-held state Senate districts in Wisconsin which are currently the target of recall efforts.  PPP went into the field over the weekend …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Unions vs. the little guy in Wisconsin recall fight
Discussion: theblogprof
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, National Review and Swampland
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Political Punch:
Young Leaders of Egypt's Revolt Snub Clinton in Cairo
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Germany blocks plans for Libya no-fly zone
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
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 …
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
If the Tea Party Went Downtown
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dem shames Obama for Crowley ousting
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
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”
Catherine Brown / NBC Philadelphia:
Biden's Name to Grace New Rail Station  —  Open house to celebrate reopening of renovated Wilmington station  —  To view this video you must to have Flash Player 9.0 or later installed.  Click to download the most recent version of Flash.  —  Frequent train rider, Vice President Joe Biden …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
While Japan Burns, Obama Fills Out His Bracket  —  Wow: … Via Mike Allen's newsletter, we see in the first line how the leader of the free world will spend his day during this awful crisis: … Okay, that's not all he's doing.  “Obama will tape interviews from the Map Room with KOAT Albuquerque …
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Still Waiting For The Budget Debate  —  Something frustrating both Your Humble Blogger and the Obama economic team is that the furious debating over continuing resolutions and the Fiscal Year 2011 appropriation is completely crowding out the actual debate about the federal budget deficit.
Discussion: Eschaton
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
How NPR Helped Empower James O'Keefe  —  So James O'Keefe's much-hyped NPR video turns out to have been misleadingly edited, just like his previous efforts.  Shocking, isn't it?  —  Actually, it might be — if you get your news from NPR.  —  Dishonesty is James O'Keefe's defining trait.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
 
 
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CNN:
House passes three-week government spending extension
Maia Szalavitz / TIME Healthland:
Tending to Japan's Psychological Scars: What Hurts, What Helps
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James F. McCarty / Metro:
Cuyahoga County grand jury files 7-count indictment against auto dealer Tom Ganley …
Discussion: Wonkette and Taegan Goddard's …
ABCNEWS:
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
Bob King / The Politico:
Al Gore back at work on new book
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Jim DeMint's Theory Of Relativity: ‘The Bigger Government Gets, The Smaller God Gets’
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Chris Lee Resignation / Buffalo News:
Davis' comments shock GOP leaders
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Social Security reform splits White House political, economic teams