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10:30 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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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.
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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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  —  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 …
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: Hot Air, TPMDC, National Review and Guardian
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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
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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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 …
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Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
President Obama's Trivial Pursuits
Discussion: Swampland, UrbanGrounds, Guardian and TPMDC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul ratchets his proposed spending cuts down to $200B  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has ratcheted down his proposal to cut $500 billion from the federal budget for fiscal year 2011.  —  Paul on Tuesday introduced an amendment on the Senate floor to cut $200 billion over the next six-and-a-half months.
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
House passes three-week government spending extension
John Stanton / Roll Call:
House Passes Three-Week CR
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
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
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 …
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 …
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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: Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
CNN:
Cain: Planned Parenthood's mission is ‘planned genocide’ of black babies  —  Washington (CNN) - Using unusually harsh words, a potential presidential candidate echoed some previous comments: claiming that Planned Parenthood's original mission was to “help kill black babies before they came into the world.”
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Quake Cracks
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Republican lawmaker says, on the budget, Democrats left a ‘pile of crap’
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Davis' comments shock GOP leaders
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