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1:40 PM ET, March 6, 2014

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ABC News:
Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With Prayer  —  By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press And on Thursday, the Dalai Lama prayed in the U.S. Senate.  —  With dozen of lawmakers listening raptly, the Nobel laureate from Tibet opened the session with his favorite prayer and words of advice.
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McConnell gets lukewarm CPAC reception  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a lukewarm reception from conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, despite delivering a speech full of conservative red meat.  —  The Senate minority leader's …
Discussion: Roll Call, The Plum Line and Hot Air
James Hohmann / Politico:   CPAC 2014: Mitch McConnell: Obama bad for ‘little guy’
Politico:   Harry Reid has no apologies
Washington Post:
Poll finds Republicans resistant to Chris Christie presidential candidacy  —  As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
A viewer's guide to CPAC 2014
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Republican Rand Paul: There ‘should be a struggle to make the party better’
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House panel moves toward Russian sanctions
Discussion: CNN
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine crisis ends
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.
The Daily Beast:
Video: RT Anchor Quits On Air
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.
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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 …
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 and New York Times
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why most conservatives are secretly liberals  —  A couple months ago, a Gallup poll recorded a small uptick in the percentage of Americans who identify as “liberal” — to 23 percent, or what Gallup, eliding the margin of error in the poll, called a “new high.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
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.
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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.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Harkin: DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White  —  Debo Adegbile U.S. Senate Justice Department Mumia Abu Jamal Tom Harkin Tom Harkin Racial Department of Justice Justice Department Doj Civil Rights Division Chief Justice John Roberts Mass Murderer Politics News
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Wesley Lowery / Post Politics:
Senate rejects Obama appointment of Debo Adegbile to top civil rights post
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Cop-killer case sinks Obama Justice nominee
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: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
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” …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use  —  Getty Images is betting their business on embeddable photos  —  If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked.  There's more than a hundred years of photography here …
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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James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Military's top general offers grim outlook on nation's defense
Discussion: VodkaPundit and CANNONFIRE
Christopher Evans / Boston Herald:
Herald Radio  —  N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Wendy Davis not shy to be seen with Obama
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Rasmussen Reports
The Numbers / Philly.com:
In surprising move, Corbett forestalls deep cuts in food stamps
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
SAT to drop essay requirement and return to top score of 1600 in redesign of admission test
 Earlier Items: 
Center for American Progress:
The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Week and ThinkProgress
David Nather / Politico:
And the GOP economic plan is ... ?
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House
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
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Firedoglake