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11:35 AM ET, March 17, 2011

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William J. Broad / New York Times:
Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume  —  A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Disaster in Japan Raises Nuclear Concerns in U.S.  —  Americans divided over construction of nuclear power plants in U.S.  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seven in 10 Americans say they are more concerned about a nuclear disaster occurring in the United States after the recent events in Japan …
New York Times:
High Radiation Severely Hinders Emergency Work to Cool Japanese Plant
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
Small amounts of radiation headed for California, but no health risk seen
Discussion: New York Magazine and L.A. NOW
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Officials Alarmed By Japanese Handling of Nuclear Crisis
ABCNEWS:
Trump Would Spend $600 Million On Presidential Bid  —  “I don't like the crying,” he said of Boehner.  “I do not like it.  I don't understand it.  I really like him as a person.  I think the crying is an emotional thing that frankly, probably makes him a very nice man.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Trump says he has doubts about Obama's birth place  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump, the business mogul who continues to claim he is seriously interested in mounting a bid for the White House, says he has doubts about whether President Obama was born in the United States.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Charlie Langton / MyFOX Detroit:
Two Charged in Tea Party Election Fraud  —  Men were officials in Oakland Co. Democratic Party  —  PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) - Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November's ballot.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin to make first visit to Israel this weekend  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will make a two-day visit to Israel this weekend, according to multiple media reports Thursday.  —  During her visit, the potential 2012 presidential candidate will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin trails Sheen with independents  —  We've found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few.  But this has to be the worst- independent voters …
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Why I am an amoral, family-hating monster...and Newt Gingrich isn't  —  Today is my wedding anniversary.  I've been married to the same woman for 31 years, without ever straying.  Newt Gingrich has been married 3 times, divorced one wife while she was recovering from surgery, and has had extra-marital affairs.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Hullabaloo
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Authorise Libya air strikes, UN urged  —  Washington's ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, says new resolution would authorise aerial bombing of Gaddafi's tanks  —  The US is pushing the UN to authorise not just a no-fly zone over Libya, but also the use of air strikes to stop the advance of forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.
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Washington Post:
Washington Post suspends reporter for plagiarizing stories on Tucson shooting  —  The Washington Post suspended one of its most seasoned reporters Wednesday after editors determined that “substantial” parts of two recent news articles were taken without attribution from another newspaper.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Washington Post:
Editor's Note: An apology
Michael Calderone / Washington Post:
Washington Post apologizes for plagiarized articles
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Limits of Common Sense  —  Why toleration of outrageous speech is necessary for political freedom.  —  Our Monday column on union thuggery prompts this response from reader John Benjamin: … Let's begin by rehearsing the Leiter statement in question.
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
James Poniewozik / Time:
NPR Sting: Edited Video Makes Schiller, O'Keefe Look Bad  —  On March 9, the list of radio jobs lost to video got a little longer.  NPR, under siege by conservatives who want to zero out public-media funding, ousted its CEO after a video sting by a group run by conservative provocateur James O'Keefe.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Conservatives: We Are Being Outworked And Out-Organized In Wisconsin Recall Campaigns … WASHINGTON — Both national and Wisconsin-based Republican operatives tell the Huffington Post the party is being dramatically outworked and out-organized by Democrats in the recall campaigns being launched against state Senators.
Janie Har / Oregonian:
Rep. David Wu crashed car in Northwest Portland last year, says he fell asleep  —  U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his vehicle into a parked car in Northwest Portland last year, but passed a police field sobriety test and the incident never showed up in a police report.  —  No one was injured after the Feb. 19, 2010 incident.
Discussion: The Politico and Ballot Box
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Republican lawmaker blames 11-year-old victim of alleged gang rape  —  Elected officials should know better than to blame the victim of a sex crime.  —  While it's a common tactic of abusers, it's something no one expected of Republican Florida state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Plan Aims for 25% Cap  —  Republican Ways and Means Chief Also Would End or Trim Popular Deductions  —  The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wants to cut the top U.S. tax rate to 25% for individuals and corporations, and cut or eliminate many popular deductions.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Mitt's backers: ‘RomneyCare’ overblown  —  Mitt Romney's supporters on Capitol Hill are giving him political cover for the healthcare plan he signed into law as governor, even as his competitors for the GOP presidential nomination ramp up their attacks on “RomneyCare.”
Yair Altman / Ynetnews:
IDF, settlers save Arab baby  —  Saving life after massacre: IDF troops, paramedics save life of Palestinian woman giving birth in settlement where Fogel relatives sitting Shiva.  Soldier: It felt amazing to hold girl in my arms, know we did something good  —  Latest Update:
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Harlem Is Losing a Piece of Clinton  —  When Bill Clinton officially began his post-presidency in Harlem in 2001, he was greeted with open arms — thousands of them.  At a plaza near his new office, at 55 West 125th Street, a crowd of 2,000 residents and civic leaders gathered on a hot July afternoon …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Obama in campaign mode: ‘Delivered on change that we can believe in’  —  President Obama boldly proclaimed Wednesday that he had fulfilled his most daring but abstract 2008 campaign pledge: “Change we can believe in.”  —  Obama told a gathering of top donors and Democratic officials that …
David Jolly / New York Times:
Long Pause for Japanese Industry Raises Concerns About Supply Chain  —  TOKYO — Japan's vaunted “just in time” approach to business has become “wait and see.”  —  Much of Japan's industry seemed to remain in a state of suspension Wednesday, as the devastation from an earthquake and tsunami …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Anthony Weiner: Obama Is ‘Not A Values Guy’ … WASHINGTON — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and a handful of other House Democrats expressed deep frustration with President Barack Obama's leadership on Wednesday, saying he needs to do more to set the direction for the progressive movement.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Lawmakers Find a Path Around an Earmarks Ban  —  Representative Timothy H. Bishop of eastern Long Island reached out to a top colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers a few weeks ago seeking help on something that might have slipped under the radar: dredging Lake Montauk.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
To Balance a Budget: As Easy as Cutting Waste, Fraud and Abuse?  —  Sen. Blumenthal: Entitlements Should be Reformed Without Touching Social Security or Medicare benefits  —  Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., says when it comes to balancing the budget, you better not touch Social Security.
Discussion: The Politico
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Evan Bayh: Dudley Do-Right does well  —  To listen to him tell it, Evan Bayh didn't leave the Senate; the Senate left him.  —  He announced his retirement last year in a speech condemning the capital's bitterly partisan culture.  He took to the pages of The New York Times to bemoan the corrosive role of money in politics.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
U.S. Debt Jumped $72 Billion Same Day U.S. House Voted to Cut Spending $6 Billion
New York Times:
Talking About Guns
John / Power Line:
The One Campaign Promise Obama Has Kept
Discussion: Cubachi and Pajamas Media
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal launches first campaign TV ad
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Jesse Eisinger / DealBook:
In Proposed Mortgage Fraud Settlement, a Gift to Big Banks
David Hill / The Hill:
2012 will be about Obama  —  The greatest political deception …
Discussion: The Politico and Scared Monkeys
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Fight Waged With Forks Is Rejoined in Congress
Discussion: The Caucus
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Is AOL Skirting Worker-Protection Law With Mass Layoff?
Timothy Dalrymple / Patheos:
Home to the Longing God
Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich Secretly Funneled $350,000 To Anti-Gay Hate Groups Last Year
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Clinton says no to second term