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11:25 AM ET, March 6, 2014

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James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit  —  Liz Wahl wasn't just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network's handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview.  RT's coverage of the entire world “made me feel sick.”  —  American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin's enemies list.
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Liz Wahl / RT:
RT reacts to anchor Liz Wahl quitting on air  —  During a live broadcast on Wednesday, RT America presenter Liz Wahl announced she was stepping down, citing her disagreements with the network's editorial policy.  RT issued a statement following her resignation.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Newsmax CEO Wants To Combat Fox News With Conservative Cable Channel  —  Fox's monopoly on conservative cable news may soon come to an end.  —  A Bloomberg Businessweek profile published Thursday revealed Newsmax.com founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy's plans to expand beyond …
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Karl Taro Greenfeld / Businessweek:
The Next Ailes: Newsmax's Chris Ruddy Preps TV Rival to Fox News  —  Christopher Ruddy, 49, the chief executive officer and founder of conservative media company Newsmax Media, is giving a tour of his neighborhood in an Acura driven by his chauffeur, Hector.  The car heads south on I-95 from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.
William Voegeli / National Review:
Bait-and-Switch Liberalism  —  Obamacare and the politics of deception  —  In June 2009, as health-care reform was being debated vigorously across the country, President Obama told the American Medical Association's convention that, whatever the provisions of the health-care bill he would sign …
Discussion: Power Line
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Some Policies Get More Time in Health Shift
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Hillary walks back Putin-Hitler comparison  —  Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pulled back from comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to those of Hitler.  —  She said comments made the night before at a private event were meant only to bring “a little historical perspective” …
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch Brothers  —  WASHINGTON — Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who are perhaps the best-known patrons of conservative Republican politics, are bespectacled and in their 70s.  They look genial enough.
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Politico:   Harry Reid has no apologies
James Hohmann / Politico:
A viewer's guide to CPAC 2014  —  As many as 11,000 conservatives will make the pilgrimage to National Harbor, Md., starting Thursday for the cattle call of likely 2016 contenders known as CPAC.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie failed to even score an invite last year …
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
Republican Rand Paul: There ‘should be a struggle to make the party better’
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Randa Jarrar / Salon:
Why I can't stand white belly dancers  —  Whether they know it or not, white women who practice belly dance are engaging in appropriation  —  Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Banter
David Nather / Politico:
And the GOP economic plan is ... ?  —  It's the sixth year of Barack Obama's presidency, the job market is still sluggish, most Americans say they're unhappy with the economy, and Obama's approval ratings are down.  —  So what's the Republican plan to turn it around?
Discussion: The Plum Line and Hot Air
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Darrell Issa silences Democrats and hits a new low  —  Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee leading numerous investigations of the Obama administration, found a new way to silence Democratic critics who question his actions: He shut off the microphones.
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
SAT to drop essay requirement and return to top score of 1600 in redesign of admission test  —  The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended …
Discussion: Eduwonk and Wonkblog
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Fury Erupts Over Racially-Charged Tweets After Westchester High School Basketball Game  —  MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some high school students in Westchester County were under fire Wednesday evening, after their basketball team lost a close game.  —  As CBS 2's Don Champion reported …
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
The Numbers / Philly.com:
In surprising move, Corbett forestalls deep cuts in food stamps  —  In a move that surprised even his most cynical critics, Gov. Corbett on Wednesday night forestalled an estimated $3 billion in cuts to food stamps in the state over the next 10 years.  —  By doing so, Corbett became …
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House  —  “Our founders put the first amendment first for a reason.  It protects all Americans' right to free speech, regardless of political affiliation or views.”  This statement was made by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) in 2007 …
Andrea Grimes / RH Reality Check:
Two Texas Reproductive Health Clinics Close, a Harbinger of a Coming Access Crisis  —  Two more reproductive health clinics—one an abortion provider—in underserved areas of Texas closed their doors this week, as the effects of the omnibus anti-abortion access bill passed last summer …
Wesley Lowery / Post Politics:
Senate rejects Obama appointment of Debo Adegbile to top civil rights post  —  Opponents of President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division prevailed in blocking his confirmation Wednesday, as he failed to clear a procedural hurdle.
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ThinkProgress:
Meet The 7 Democrats Who Just Voted Down A Civil Rights Nominee For Supporting Civil Rights
Mark Pratt / WBUR:
‘Upskirt’ Photos Not Illegal, Mass. High Court Rules  —  BOSTON — A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday.
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Center for American Progress:
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Harry Siegel / NY Daily News:
Spike Lee and other sentimental segregationists
Art Swift / Gallup:
Secretary of State Kerry's Favorability Rising in the U.S.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Politico
New York Times:
Cuomo Burnishes His Political Brand, Using de Blasio as His Foil
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Poor and Hispanic Workers Are Least Likely to Have Sick Days
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Arizona Sen. Gallardo discloses he's gay
 

 
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