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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
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
Guardian:
Japan nuclear crisis and tsunami aftermath - live updates
Gilbert Gottfried / Washington Post:
Japanese nuclear workers ordered away from posts amid radiation fears
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 …
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
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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Wall Street Journal:
Netflix in Talks for Original Series
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
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: No Good Moves For Boehner In Spending Fight  —  The House of Representatives passed emergency legislation Tuesday to keep the government funded through mid-April and avoid a shutdown reminiscent of the one Newt Gingrich triggered back in 1995.  —  That was the broader result …
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Telegraph:
Japan earthquake: Japan warned over nuclear plants, WikiLeaks cables show  —  Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Guardian and The Nation
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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor
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 …
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 …
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.
Dave Cook / Christian Science Monitor:
Q&A with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy  —  House majority whip Kevin McCarthy was elected in November to the third-highest Republican leadership position.  As whip, he manages the party's legislative program on the House floor.  Mr. McCarthy, a former business owner and congressional staffer, was elected to Congress in 2006.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Arabs Love the Pax Americana  —  Fearing a U.S. retreat, the Saudis move into Bahrain.  —  The Arab League's call this weekend for a no-fly zone over Libya is startling news and has sent diplomats scattering.  We'll now see if the “international community” (to use the Obama Administration's …
Discussion: Babylon & Beyond and RubinReports
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.
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama flaunts openness award … No comments yet.  Be the first!
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 …
 
 
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Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Muslim defendant can sue over hijab removal
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Political leader who couldn't pass a budget lectures on fiscal responsibility
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Associated Press:
Judge: Free speech no defense for urging suicide
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Left seeks to outflank reformers
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media
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White House to Push Privacy Bill
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NPR Boardmembers and Fundraisers Give Overwhelmingly to Democrats
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