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12:25 PM ET, March 16, 2011

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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.
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New York Times:
Japan Says 2nd Reactor May Have Ruptured With Radioactive Release
Gilbert Gottfried / Washington Post:
Japanese nuclear workers ordered away from posts amid radiation fears
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor
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 …
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
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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Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
President Obama's Trivial Pursuits
Associated Press:
Obama: No. 1 seeds will rule in NCAA tournaments
CNN:
RNC considers selling TV rights of presidential primary debates  —  Washington (CNN) — The Republican National Committee is considering sanctioning the GOP presidential primary debates and then selling the broadcast rights to news outlets, two Republicans with knowledge of the idea tell CNN.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Stuff White People Like: Republicans  —  A good series of charts by Lee Drutman shows that one of the best predictors of declining Democratic partisan ID between 2008 and 2010 is the number of white people:  —  I used to hold to the view that the growing non-white share of the electorate would, over time, tip elections to Democrats.
Discussion: The New Republic
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Lee Drutman / Progressive Fix:   Why Dems Are Doing Worse in Some States than Others: It's Race, Not the Economy
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
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 …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Cut Pentagon's budget, reduce Afghan forces  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — America should slash defense spending — and consider shrinking its presence in Afghanistan, Haley Barbour said Monday night.  —  Barbour, a likely candidate for president in 2012, told Iowa county leaders and activists …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barbour breaks with rivals on Afghanistan, defense spending
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.
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: No Good Moves For Boehner In Spending Fight
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama primary challenge would be a good thing, liberal senator says  —  One of the Senate's liberal leaders said Wednesday that it would be beneficial for President Obama to face a primary challenger from the left in 2012.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has criticized the president for …
Discussion: FrumForum
BBC:
Libya revolt: Gaddafi troops assault Ajdabiya, Misrata  —  Rebel fighters say they have beaten back the army attacks  —  Pro-Gaddafi forces are undertaking a twin-pronged assault on rebel positions in both east and west Libya.  —  Government soldiers have surrounded and made their first ground assault …
Associated Press:
Judge: Free speech no defense for urging suicide  —  FARIBAULT, Minn. - Freedom of speech is no defense for a former nurse who engaged in “lethal advocacy” when he encouraged an English man and Canadian woman to kill themselves after searching for depressed people over the Internet …
Discussion: The Agitator and Hit & Run
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Arabs Love the Pax Americana
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond and RubinReports
Telegraph:
Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Guardian and The Nation
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Left seeks to outflank reformers
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
Anxiety Over Radiation Drives a Sales Surge for a Drug Against Thyroid Cancer
Discussion: The Reaction
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media
Discussion: Yglesias
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
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
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