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3:25 PM ET, March 16, 2011

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New York Times:
Peril and Confusion at Japanese Nuclear Plant  —  TOKYO — Japan's nuclear crisis intensified on Wednesday after the authorities announced that a second reactor unit at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan may have ruptured and appeared to be releasing radioactive steam.
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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.
Matthew L. Wald / Green:
House Panel Questions Nuclear Regulatory and Energy Chiefs
ABCNEWS:
Nuclear Crisis: Rising Radiation Levels Halt Work at Fukushima Plant
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Base Shrinks But Intensifies
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.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says forging bipartisan budget deal ‘not going to be easy’
Discussion: FrumForum
Washington Examiner:
Democrats rope-a-doping Republicans on spending
Discussion: The Other McCain
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: No Good Moves For Boehner In Spending Fight
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Clinton says no to second term  —  (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer she does not want to serve a second term as secretary of state or run for president of the United States.  —  Blitzer sat down with the former 2008 presidential candidate in Cairo.
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Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Clinton, in Egypt, Embraces a Revolt She Once Discouraged
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Four New York Times Journalists Are Missing in Libya  —  The New York Times said Wednesday that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in Libya were missing.  —  Editors at the paper said they were last in contact with the journalists on Tuesday morning New York time.
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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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Petraeus accused of ‘Charlie Sheen strategy’ on Afghanistan war  —  Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) on Wednesday sharply criticized David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and signaled agreement with an assessment from a Rolling Stone editor who likened the commander's performance to that of Charlie Sheen.
Discussion: FishbowlDC, Hot Air, RedState and BLACKFIVE
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Networks unlikely to pay RNC to broadcast debates  —  The Republican National Committee is considering the idea of officially sanctioning presidential primary debates and then selling the television broadcast rights to the networksâ€"an unprecedented move that would force networks …
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Max Boot / Wall Street Journal:
It's Not Too Late to Save Libya  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has acted as if imposing a no-fly zone would be a military operation on the order of D-Day.  In reality, it wouldn't be hard to ground Gadhafi's decrepit air force.  —  I have not been one of those castigating President Obama …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and New Atlanticist
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Wall Street Journal:
Arabs Love the Pax Americana
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond and RubinReports
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Barbour breaks with rivals on Afghanistan, defense spending  —  Here's a major moment in the nascent Republican presidential primary: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour tonight became the first among the leading Republican candidates to suggest that the United States reduce its presence in Afghanistan and its spending on defense.
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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.
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 …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Sharron Angle enters Nevada House race  —  Former Senate candidate Sharron Angle announced Wednesday she's running for Nevada's open House seat.  Angle made the announcement in a web video that shows her seated at a kitchen table with a coffee cup.  —  “The 2010 election was bittersweet.
Washington Wire:
Obama Plays Favorites on NCAA Bracket  —  Our colleague Darren Everson at WSJ's The Daily Fix blog, reports that President Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA tournament bracket, and once again, he's leaning heavily on favorites. … His Final Four consists of all four No. 1 seeds: Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Discussion: The Page
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
McConnell: Next spending bill must include full-year military spending  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he won't support any more temporary spending measures that do not include full-year funding for the military.  —  “I can say with total confidence that the House …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brown looking better for reelection  —  There's been a fundamental shift in the Ohio political landscape over the last three months and it looks like the biggest beneficiary of that could be Sherrod Brown.  —  When PPP polled Ohio in December Brown looked extremely vulnerable for reelection …
msnbc.com:
Massive online pedophile ring busted by cops  —  Five Americans among 184 people arrested; 230 abused children taken to safety  —  Below:  —  msnbc.com staff and news service reports  —  An Internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world's largest …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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 …
 
 
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Associated Press:
Judge: Free speech no defense for urging suicide
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
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