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The White House is now directing the White House Press Corps to find out its own answers on Japan: JAKE TAPPER, ABC NEWS: "What is going on over there right now? We have not heard the latest information from the NRC or the Japanese government and apparently there has been something that has happened in the last few hours." CARNEY, WH Press Secretary: "Well, it is clearly a crisis. There is clearly –" TAPPER: "– what is specifically going on?" CARNEY: "Again, I am standing here at the White House, I think you have reporters in Japan, you have reporters including ones here that could get the technical detailed information on what we know from the NRC, from the Department of Energy –" "It's up to the media, not the government?" Tapper asked in response … Read entire article »

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Inappropriate Tweet of the Day

Hopefully in church, praying for safety: Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteInappropriate Tweet of the Day … Read entire article »

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D.C. is the top 'Twitter Town' in America

Congratulations? Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteD.C. is the top 'Twitter Town' in America … Read entire article »

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Obama Contemplating Next 'Recovery Season' Drumbeat

Ben Smith is a good reporter, but it's rather astounding that he can write an entire article headlined, "W.H. dilemma: When to declare recovery" and the words "Recovery Summer" don't appear in it. The White House is caught between wanting to tout the administration’s economic accomplishments – and possibly helping to shape the nation’s fiscal mood – and the fear of offending voters by hailing a recovery that many of them have yet to experience. Er… they already have. They spent most of 2010 doing this. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteObama Contemplating Next 'Recovery Season' Drumbeat (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); … Read entire article »

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Class Hears Tim Kaine Is Running For Senate?

Score one for the frustrated girlfriend: There is now a report that former Virginia governor Tim Kaine has told his University of Richmond class that he is a candidate for U.S. Senate. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteClass Hears Tim Kaine Is Running For Senate? … Read entire article »

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No Questions, Please, This Is an Open-Government Event

From the president's schedule: Later in the afternoon, the President will accept an award from a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates to recognize "his deep commitment to an open and transparent government–of, by, and for the people" in conjunction with Sunshine Week. There will be a pool spray at the top. "Pool spray" means a quick photo-op; sometimes they are as brief as 30 seconds. In other words, there is no Q&A scheduled for the event in which the president is given an award for his commitment to open and transparent government. For the second time in 24 hours, I'm reminded of "Yes, Prime Minister." Sir Humphrey: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way? Sir Arnold: Sorry, I can't talk about that. UPDATE: The openness-in-government event is canceled, … Read entire article »

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Slew of Defeated House Democrats Not Interested in 2012 Comeback Bids

Sometimes, after a politician is defeated, they don't come back — or at least not the next cycle: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said last month that he had contacted former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) about running for her old seat in 2012 . . . Unfortunately for Israel, she may have other plans. After joining a Washington law firm earlier this month, Herseth Sandlin on Thursday dissolved her campaign committee — a move that generally means a candidate has no plans to make a quick return to politics. In fact, Herseth Sandlin is just the latest 2010 loser to close down his or her committee; she joins a host of former Democratic members from conservative-leaning districts who have done the same. Former Blue Dog Reps. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.), Baron Hill … Read entire article »

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Sharron Angle's Back, and She's Running for Congress

Are you ready for Sharron Angle for Congress? Because here she comes! Under the current district lines, Nevada's 2nd district is the most GOP-leaning in the state. However, the district lines will almost certainly change, as Nevada is gaining a congressional seat starting in 2012. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteSharron Angle's Back, and She's Running for Congress … Read entire article »

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Clint Bolick: Richard Painter Is “Off-Base”

A follow-up to my refutation (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) of Richard Painter’s smears against me in his deeply defective Huffington Post defense of Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu: Clint Bolick, whose support for Liu Painter cites repeatedly, has invited me to publish this statement of his: Although Ed Whelan and I have taken different positions on the judicial nomination of Prof. Goodwin Liu, I believe that Richard Painter has mischaracterized a number of Ed Whelan’s arguments as “myths.” In particular, Painter’s assertions are off the mark regarding Whelan’s criticisms of Liu on the creation of welfare rights, reparations, racial balancing, and the use of foreign law. Obviously, opinions vary regarding the merits of the nomination, but Painter is off-base on several crucial assertions. Given our bottom-line differences on the Liu nomination, I am … Read entire article »

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Science: A Way for Guinness to Go 'Green'

I wonder how many cans of Guinness I have to drink tomorrow to lower my carbon footprint? As St. Patrick's Day draws near, many of you may be anticipating a nice chilled glass of Guinness, complete with a creamy foam head. But if you're not propping up a bar in Ireland, and are instead pouring your beer out of a can at home, that long-lasting head can only be produced with the help of a plastic widget. Simply pouring a carbonated beer, such as a lager, from the can into a glass is enough to generate a head. But this is not the case for stouts, which are infused with nitrogen bubbles, rather than carbon dioxide, in order to create their uniquely smooth texture. The small plastic widgets in each can of … Read entire article »

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Why Does the Labor Movement Hate the Planet?

WSJ: WASHINGTON—The Obama administration's environmental agenda, long a target of American business, is beginning to take fire from some of the Democratic Party's most reliable supporters: Labor unions. Several unions with strong influence in key states are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency soften new regulations aimed at pollution associated with coal-fired power plants. Their contention: Roughly half a dozen rules expected to roll out within the next two years could put thousands of jobs in jeopardy and damage the party's 2012 election prospects. "If the EPA issues regulations that cost jobs in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Republicans will blast the President with it over and over," says Stewart Acuff, chief of staff to the president of the Utility Workers Union of America. "Not just the President. Every Democratic [lawmaker] from those states." A … Read entire article »

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'Talk About a Meltdown'

ICYMI, Jonah has a good piece over on the homepage on the overreaction to Japan's nuclear situation. An excerpt: More to the point, much of the discussion about what this means for American nuclear energy leaves out that even the Japanese reactors are 30 years out of date compared with new designs. So-called Generation III plants have passive cooling systems that do not depend on the electricity grid. Hence any moratorium on new nuclear construction — such as that being discussed in Congress — would prevent building plants that have leapfrogged the problems we see in Japan.  And yet, many in the industry fear that the unscientific hysteria over the Japanese reactor will deal a mortal blow to nuclear power. You would at least think that climate-change activists, who want fossil-free energy … Read entire article »

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'The Future of Nukes, and Japan'

Holman Jenkins in today's WSJ: You can't beat for drama the struggle of Japanese operators to manage the emergency cool-down of nuclear reactors in the tsunami zone. For the things that matter most, though — life and safety — the nuclear battle has been a sideshow. Hundreds were feared dead when entire trains went missing. Whole villages were wiped out with the loss of thousands of inhabitants. So far one worker at one nuclear plant is known to have died in a hydrogen explosion and several others have exhibited symptoms of radiation poisoning. As for environmental degradation, video testifies to the brown murk that the tsunami waters became when they crossed into land. An infinity of contaminants — sewage, fuels, lubricants, cleaning solvents — have been scattered across the Earth and into … Read entire article »

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Washington Monthly Maligns the Character of Brave Patriots Protecting Us

As an author, I’m judged by the body of my work. As a man, I hope to be judged by the content of my character. I hope that judgment will include not only how I comport myself and how I treat others, but whom I choose to surround myself with. One of the greatest pleasures of my adulthood […] … Read entire article »

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More Americans Get Their News Online Than From Newspapers

NEW YORK (AP) – The rapid growth of smartphones and electronic tablets is making the Internet the destination of choice for consumers looking for news, a report released Monday said. Local, network and cable television news, newspapers, radio and magazines all lost audience last year, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a research organization […] … Read entire article »

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Sound Bite For the Day: A Warning to Republicans

“And if the Republicans aren’t careful, they’re going to let their fear of bad PR kill the tea party revolution. And if they’re not careful what’s going to happen here is a third party is going to happen because the tea party crowd, grassroots, who made the Republican leadership possible, make no mistake, it’s the […] … Read entire article »

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Sound Bite For the Day: Lawrence O’Donnell: Bachmann’s Voters Are Ignorant Because They’re White”

This is actual content on MSNBC. Lawrence O’Donnell doing his best Shocked Olbermann impersonation about the racial makeup of Michele Bachmann’s district, because race is the only thing that matters to progressives such as O’Donnell, apparently. “What makes those voters so ignorant? Well, for starters, they are whiter than the average district.” Lawrence O’Donnell is such a […] … Read entire article »

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Reps. Granger and Nunnelee Call Out Healthcare Bureaucrats on Rationing

As breast cancer patients anxiously await a June Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing to determine whether they will continue to have access to the life-saving drug Avastin, members of Congress are standing up for patients. Most notably Sen. David Vitter in the Senate and Rep. Kay Granger in the House, and now Rep. […] Read more CompleteReps. Granger and Nunnelee Call Out Healthcare Bureaucrats on Rationing … Read entire article »

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Union Thugs Destroy Recall Petitions

Armed with a bullhorn, thuggery, and the most annoying chants ever, union thugs continued their streak of ‘solidarity’. The following took place at a recall Jim Holperin Rally in Merill, WI. As you can see, “F*ck you” is written on the ripped up petitions. The video was shot after the incident took place. According to […] Read more CompleteUnion Thugs Destroy Recall Petitions … Read entire article »

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Profiteering Off New Regulations on For-Profit Colleges

The crusade against for-profit colleges has been raging for the better part of a year with Congressional hearings and the potential for new regulations making financial aid for students attending those school impossible to get. Democrats have declared for-profit schools unworthy of educating students in need of financial aid, which would disproportionally harm lower income […] Read more CompleteProfiteering Off New Regulations on For-Profit Colleges … Read entire article »

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