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1:20 PM 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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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
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New York Times:
Become a Digital Subscriber starting March 28.  —  Unrivaled coverage.  Unlimited access.  —  Frequently Asked Questions  —  Experience The Times.  Anyway you want it.  — NYTIMES.COM  — SMARTPHONE APPS  — TABLET  — HOME DELIVERY  —  NYTimes.com  —  The world's premier news site.
New York Times:
A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions  —  Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions.  It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Trump on Boehner: 'I Don't Like the Crying'  —  “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.  But you know, I don't like to see it in a leader.”
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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.
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.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   TWO MICHIGAN DEMOCRATS CHARGED- Forged Paperwork to Get Fake Tea Partiers on Ballot (Video) -updated
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.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House ‘strongly opposes’ measure to defund NPR
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Put More Heat on NPR
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump torches GOP presidential field  —  Businessman Donald Trump took shots at the field of potential Republican presidential candidates and also fired one at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as he contemplates a 2012 bid.  —  Trump said he could put up as much as $600 billion …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats wonder: What's our plan?
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:   Anthony Weiner: Obama Is ‘Not A Values Guy’
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
Joshua Hersh / The Daily:
Obama's indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge  —  Fed up with a president “who can't make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.  —  At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition …
New York Times:
Specter of Rebel Rout Helps Shift U.S. Policy on Libya  —  WASHINGTON — The prospect of a deadly siege of the rebel stronghold in Benghazi, Libya, has produced a striking shift in tone from the Obama administration, which is now pushing for the United Nations to authorize aerial bombing …
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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 …
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.
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
During NPR Funding Debate, Rep. Jim McGovern Proposes No Federal Funding Should End Up At Fox News  —  Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would strip all federal funds from NPR.  Conservatives have long targeted NPR because they believe it has a liberal bias …
Discussion: The Politico, Fox News and NPR
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.”
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
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
U.S. Debt Jumped $72 Billion Same Day U.S. House Voted to Cut Spending $6 Billion  —  (CNSNews.com) - The national debt jumped by $72 billion on Tuesday even as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for just three weeks that will cut $6 billion from government spending.
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble  —  It's a universal truth that dogs are man's best friend, but they're pretty darn loyal to their own as well.  Case in point: this tear-inducing video, via the website Jezebel, showing a dog, shivering and disoriented …
Discussion: The Impolitic and National Review
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
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.
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 …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Inhofe vows to try, try again on block-EPA amendments  —  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) vowed Wednesday that he will offer his plan to block EPA climate change rules as an amendment to future bills if a pending effort is squelched.  —  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Bahrain Pulls a Qaddafi  —  It is heartbreaking to see a renegade country like Libya shoot pro-democracy protesters.  But it's even more wrenching to watch America's ally, Bahrain, pull a Qaddafi and use American tanks, guns and tear gas as well as foreign mercenaries to crush a pro-democracy movement — as we stay mostly silent.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Daily Dish
 
 
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
The Internet and Campaign 2010  —  54% of adults used the internet …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
GOP begins rollback of Wall St. reform
Discussion: The New Republic and The Hill
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Resilient Japan  —  Three lessons from the week's disasters
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Executions in Doubt in Fallout Over Drug
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Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
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David Jolly / New York Times:
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