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12:05 PM ET, March 16, 2011

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Washington Post:
Sarah Palin losing more ground among Republicans, Post-ABC poll finds  —  Virginia Postic/ AP - According to a new poll, fewer than six in 10 Republicans and GOP-leaning independents see former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, shown here in December, in a favorable light.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Poll: Palin's numbers slide among Republicans  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is losing ground with Republicans as some of her possible opponents for the GOP presidential nomination gain ground.  —  Palin's unfavorable numbers with Republicans are at an all-time high …
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney, conservative darling?  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has spent the better part of the last five years working to convince conservatives that he is one of them.  And, if the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll is right, he's done it.
The Note:
Sarah Palin Rips Obama on Drilling: '2012 Can't Come Soon Enough'
Discussion: Mediaite and Conservatives4Palin
Jon Gillooly / mdjonline.com:
John McCain's daughter speaks at KSU; wants Romney, not Palin, for president
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.
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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 …
New York Times:
Japan Says 2nd Reactor May Have Ruptured With Radioactive Release
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor
Telegraph:
Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Guardian and The Nation
The Politico:
World events test ‘No Drama Obama’  —  A dizzying succession of major world events is bombarding a president who insists on controlling his own time, emotions and political message.  —  With Japan's nuclear crisis teetering on the verge of catastrophe, with Libya and Bahrain in violent turmoil …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Fox Nation
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Associated Press:
Wholesale prices up 1.6 pct. on steep rise in food  —  Wholesale prices rise 1.6 pct. due to biggest jump in food costs in more than 36 years  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices jumped last month by the most in nearly two years due to higher energy costs and the steepest rise in food prices in 36 years.
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Wall Street Journal:
'I Can't Eat an iPad'  —  The Federal Reserve bombs in Queens.
Discussion: Power Line
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Every Single GOPer On House Energy Cmte Won't Say Climate Change Is Real  —  Thirty-one Republicans on the House Energy And Commerce Committee — the entire Republican contingent on the panel — declined on Tuesday to vote in support of the very idea that climate change exists.
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The Politico:
Some in GOP grow tired of right wing  —  Some veteran Republican House members are pushing back against conservative deficit hawks who are pushing for endlessly deep spending cuts, saying the right wing of the party is creating unnecessary divisions for the GOP majority.
Discussion: RedState and AMERICAblog News
Washington Post:
CIA contractor Raymond Davis freed after ‘blood money’ payment by U.S.  —  A CIA security contractor who fatally shot two Pakistani men in January was released on Wednesday after relatives of the victims received “blood money” from the U.S. government and agreed to pardon him, U.S. officials said.
Discussion: National Review
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DAWN.COM:
Court frees CIA contractor accused of murder: Rana Sanaullah
Discussion: Firedoglake and msnbc.com
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Incapacitated State  —  I got a chance to talk to some Arizona state legislators from both parties yesterday afternoon and one thing even a very cursory chat drives home is the fairly disastrous consequences of some populist conceits about how a legislature should be organized.
Quinnipiac University:
Mayor's Approval Rating At Lowest Point In 8 Years, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bloomberg's Time Off Is Nobody's Business, Voters Say  —  New York City voters disapprove 51 - 39 percent of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, his lowest score since a 51 - 37 percent disapproval November 23 …
MiamiHerald.com:
Miami-Dade voters fire Mayor Carlos Alvarez over pay hikes, tax increase  —  Miami-Dade recall election draws strong voter turnout  —  Related Content  —  If voters recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez, would you vote to re-elect him?  —  WHAT'S NEXT?  —  • The Miami-Dade County Canvassing …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Political leader who couldn't pass a budget lectures on fiscal responsibility  —  Chutzpah.  —  If you had to pick the poster child for budgetary irresponsibility over the last few years — and certainly for 2010 — it would have to be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Anxiety Over Radiation Drives a Sales Surge for a Drug Against Thyroid Cancer  —  As Japan races to avoid a nuclear disaster, some Americans and companies in the United States are scrambling to obtain potassium iodide, a drug that can protect people from radiation-induced thyroid cancer.
Discussion: The Reaction
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media  —  Everyone from President Obama to Ted Koppel is bemoaning a decline in journalistic substance, seriousness, and sense of proportion.  But the author, a longtime advocate of these values, takes a journey through the digital-media world …
Discussion: Yglesias
The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Pushing For Banks To Modify Millions Of Mortgages To Settle Foreclosure Claims  —  NEW YORK — The Obama administration is seeking to force the nation's five largest mortgage firms to reduce monthly payments for as many as three million distressed homeowners in as little …
Discussion: Clusterstock and naked capitalism
David Kravets / Threat Level:
TSA Admits Bungling of Airport Body-Scanner Radiation Tests  —  The Transportation Security Administration is re-analyzing the radiation levels of X-ray body scanners installed in airports nationwide, after testing produced dramatically higher-than-expected results.
BBC:
Japanese emperor ‘deeply worried’  —  Emperor Akihito thanked those involved in disaster relief and urged an all-out rescue effort  —  Japanese Emperor Akihito has said he is “deeply worried” about the crisis his country is facing following last Friday's earthquake and tsunami.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Left seeks to outflank reformers  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and liberal Democrats opposed to cutting Social Security benefits are trying to outflank President Obama and centrists who have signaled a willingness to cut a deal with Republicans.  —  In a move intended to put lawmakers …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Netflix To Enter Original Programming With Mega Deal For David Fincher-Kevin Spacey Series ‘House Of Cards’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Video streaming juggernaut Netflix is becoming an original series player.  In what is probably the biggest gamble in its 14-year history, I hear Netflix …
 
 
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Anna Palmer / Roll Call:
Colleagues Raise Campaign Funds for Giffords
The New Republic:
Broken Links  —  How much will the Japan quake hurt the global economy?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Judge: Free speech no defense for urging suicide
Discussion: The Agitator and Hit & Run
Lee Drutman / Progressive Fix:
Why Dems Are Doing Worse in Some States than Others: It's Race, Not the Economy
Discussion: Yglesias
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
Guest Contribution: The Macroeconomic Aftermath of the Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan
Discussion: Clusterstock
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Democrats look at Ted Strickland for DNC job
 Earlier Items: 
Gilbert Gottfried / Washington Post:
Japanese nuclear workers ordered away from posts amid radiation fears
Wall Street Journal:
White House to Push Privacy Bill
Danielle Kurtzleben / US News:
NPR Boardmembers and Fundraisers Give Overwhelmingly to Democrats
Discussion: Don Surber and Weasel Zippers
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Marco Rubio starts building national brand
Discussion: Naked Politics
Rich Phillips / CNN:
Powder at Kennedy Space Center tests positive for cocaine
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Associated Press:
Obama: No. 1 seeds will rule in NCAA tournaments