or… The Daily Mail story is deeply depressing. David Sanger has been a must read during this unfolding nightmare. The decision to raise the level came two days after the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission warned publicly that the situation at the crippled plant was much bleaker than Japanese officials had indicated, either because they [...]
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“For my Dad, America was the land of opportunity, where the circumstances of birth are no barrier to achieving one’s dreams,” Romney said in a high-profile New Hampshire speech earlier this month. He added: “The spirit of enterprise, innovation, pioneering and derring-do propelled our standard of living and economy past every other nation on earth. [...]
(CBS/AP) SOMA, Japan – A Japanese spokesman says a fourth reactor at a quake-damaged nuclear plant is on fire following an earlier explosion, and radiation is now spewing from it. The radiation level is now elevated to a point that may damage health, the spokesman said. – New explosion leads to spewing radiation The third [...]
Senior Obama administration officials said Monday that Obama remains committed to nuclear power, and that U.S. nuclear plants had been built to withstand the strain of strong storms and earthquakes. [...] Carney said Monday that although the crisis in Japan is still unfolding, the White House isn’t backing away from the proposed “clean” standard. He [...]
[...] Tokyo Electric Power Co., owner of the two heavily damaged complexes, took the unprecedented step of pumping seawater mixed with boric acid into the core of another reactor, Fukushima Daiichi’s unit 1 reactor, to tame ultra-high temperatures from fuel rods that had been partially exposed. In keeping with the natural as well as mechanical [...]
**UPDATED** IWAKI, Japan AP (Mar 12, 10:42 PM EST) — A partial meltdown was likely under way at a second nuclear reactor, a top Japanese official said Sunday, as authorities frantically tried to prevent a similar threat from nearby unit following a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. Some 170,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the [...]
[6:09 a.m. ET, 8:09 p.m. Tokyo] Officials fear that waves from a tsunami caused by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan could be so high that they wash over entire islands in the Pacific, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday. – CNN The BBC has live [...]
“…There will be oil out there for months to come. This will be well into the fall. This is a siege across the entire Gulf. – Com. Thad Allen Looking at Pres. Obama against BP’s marauding, incompetent corporate malfeasance, the decision for the Administration to lift the moratorium on whaling comes into full view. Just [...]
It’s only a game, right? Via CNN world: The game begins with a teenage girl on a subway platform. She notices you are looking at her and asks, “Can I help you with something?” That is when you, the player, can choose your method of assault. With the click of your mouse, you can grope [...]
Another drone attack in Pakistan. A suicide bomber kills at least 20 security forces personnel and policemen in Islamabad. Meanwhile, leading Red Mosque Islamic cleric Aziz, fresh from a two-year house arrest, calls for sharia law in Pakistan. While the world joins in at a donor’s conference, pledging $5 billion to keep Pakistan from falling [...]
Get a stupid answer. Rasmussen and Politico doing a tag team on North Korea. Rasmussen asks the question (h/t Democracy Arsenal), with Politico setting up Newt Gingrich pretty well in their “Voters back force in N. Korea” headline on the polling. In what seemed to be a swipe at the Obama administration’s response, he warned, [...]
North Korea’s launch is the backdrop, but in the conversation on nuclear proliferation this isn’t just about Netanyahu’s bluster, and Ahmadinejad’s ambitions in the face of little proof of manifestations as yet. It’s also about Russian loose nukes, as well as the underground market that Pakistan let run unchecked so long, the tensions yo-yoing with [...]
The second picture above is part of the F.D.R. memorial along the tidal basin in D.C. It’s spectacular, with fountains and chiseled F.D.R. quotes, plus statues of both the president and Eleanor. It really was a splendid walk, seeing these gorgeous trees that date back to 1912; 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of [...]
Road music. There’s so much, starting with jazz first, Miles Davis, but on long road trips you simply have to have great rock. But then it always comes back to jazz, especially the instrumentals. Secretary Clinton is in Asia, so there should be some great stuff coming from State while I’m on the road. You [...]
This seems so fitting for her, especially for anyone who remembers her speech when she was first lady. It was a speech that shook the world, all because Hillary Clinton dared to say “women’s rights are human rights.” Climate is to be a top priority on Secretary Clinton’s first trip, with Japan being the first [...]
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The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
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*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
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