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2:25 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.
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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Checkmate: No Good Moves For Boehner In Spending Fight
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 …
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Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama flaunts openness award … No comments yet.  Be the first!
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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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:   Networks unlikely to pay RNC to broadcast debates
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.
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.
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: Hot Air, RedState and BLACKFIVE
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and The Page
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
DEA seizes Georgia's supply of lethal injection drug  —  The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized Georgia's supply of a key execution drug over questions about how it was imported to the United States.  —  “Drugs were seized today by the DEA from our facility in Jackson,” …
Discussion: TalkLeft and This Just In
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: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Muslim defendant can sue over hijab removal  —  (03-15) 17:38 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — A law guaranteeing religious freedom to prisoners applies to a courthouse holding cell where sheriff's deputies ordered a Muslim woman to remove her headscarf, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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.
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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Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
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msnbc.com:
Massive online pedophile ring busted by cops
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Bill Roggio / 1 The Long War Journal:
US Predators strike in Datta Khel area in North Waziristan
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Various matters: Afghanistan, Libya & Manning
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Balkinization and Corrente
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa subpoenas SEC official over Madoff
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Israel Defense Forces:
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
TSA Admits Bungling of Airport Body-Scanner Radiation Tests
Associated Press:
Judge: Free speech no defense for urging suicide
Discussion: The Agitator and Hit & Run
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Left seeks to outflank reformers
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
CIA contractor Raymond Davis freed after ‘blood money’ payment by U.S.
Discussion: National Review
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media
Discussion: Yglesias