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8:15 PM ET, March 6, 2014

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John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States’  —  Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”  That's not a formal announcement.  A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign.
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Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
TIME Newsmaker Interview: Bernie Sanders Says He'd Make a Better President Than Hillary Clinton  —  The Independent Senator from Vermont said in a wide-ranging interview with TIME that Clinton is a “very, very intelligent person” but doubts that she will help bring about the …
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine crisis ends  —  Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.  —  Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation.  But do we know where we are going?  In my life, I have seen four wars begun with great enthusiasm and public support …
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New York Times:
U.S. Announces New Sanctions in Ukraine Crisis
CNN:
Ukrainian leader rejects referendum on splitting Crimea
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House passes Ukrainian aid package
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain Least Popular Senator in Country  —PPP's newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country.  Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Poll: John McCain's low job approval
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
What would Salon think of an article called, 'Why I can't stand Asian musicians who play Beethoven'?  —  In this file photo, cellist Yo-Yo Ma (left) and Condoleezza Rice (right) hold hands after playing a duet during the National Endowment for the Arts National Medal of Arts Awards ceremony …
Discussion: NewsBusters
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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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
CPAC 2014: Chris Christie jabs Barack Obama, media  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at the media and blasted President Barack Obama's leadership during Thursday's gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, his first major speech to a crowd …
Discussion: CNN and Eschaton
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Stars & Stripes:
Army's top sex assault prosecutor suspended after assault allegation … WASHINGTON — The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after a lawyer who worked for him recently reported he'd groped her and tried to kiss her at a sexual-assault legal conference more than two years ago.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Thinks Jimmy Carter Is Dead  —  Real estate mogul Donald Trump seems to think former President Jimmy Carter is dead.  —  Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Trump referred to the former president as the “late, great Jimmy Carter:”
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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.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Christie To Harry Reid: ‘Stop Picking On Great Americans’ Charles And David Koch
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jack Dickey / TIME:
How Nate Silver Hires  —  Forget H.R. The ESPN stats star uses a graph to measure his future employees  —  Read about Nate Silver and his plans for FiveThirtyEight at ESPN in the March 17 issue of TIME.  —  Since joining ESPN in late July, Nate Silver has spent an estimated 90% …
Andrew Klavan / City Journal:
A New Thing on Netflix  —  House of Cards is not a conservative show—except when it is.  —  House of Cards, the Netflix series about a lethally unscrupulous Washington politician, is a wonderful show, but it does sometimes stretch the limits of credulity.
Politico:
Kirsten Gillibrand's sexual assault bill derailed  —  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came up short Thursday in her yearlong campaign to overhaul military sexual assault policies, falling five votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.  —  The New York Democrat's bill that would have removed …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Mitch McConnell Brandishes Gun at CPAC  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., came onto the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference today brandishing some touch a long gun.  —  McConnell held the rifle over his head and the CPAC crowd loved it.  —  (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Number of Americans Saying ACA Has Hurt Them Inches Up  —  Stark contrast along party lines on whether the law has helped or hurt  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although several parts of the Affordable Care Act have yet to be implemented, 23% of Americans say the healthcare law has hurt them or their families …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hit & Run
Politico:
Michigan Senate election 2014: Gary Peters gets new campaign chief  —  With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager.  —  Paul Tencher, who ran …
Discussion: RedState
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Free School Lunch Means Poor Parents Don't Care About Kids  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday that liberals don't understand disadvantaged students would rather have parents who care for them than a free lunch at school.  —  Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
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
Fernando Espuelas / The Hill:
National Council of La Raza abandons smart immigration strategy  —  You could almost hear a crack in the immigration-activist universe as Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), called President Obama the “deporter-in-chief.”  —  Murguia has been on the front lines fighting for immigration reform for years.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dems slam Darrell Issa in resolution  —  House Democrats offered a motion on Thursday slamming Rep. Darrell Issa for cutting off Democrats during a hearing on Wednesday, their latest political assault on the controversial California Republican.  —  Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) …
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
 
 
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, surveys say
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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