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4:20 PM ET, March 11, 2014

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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's New Approach Takes a Humorous Turn  —  WASHINGTON — In “Between Two Ferns,” an off-color online parody of celebrity interview shows, the comedian Zach Galifianakis has spanked Justin Bieber with his belt, discussed Charlize Theron's thighs and asked Natalie Portman for her phone number.
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James Poniewozik / TIME:
REVIEW: The First Cringe-Humor President  —  President Obama goes beyond the late-night interview to prove, with Zach Galifianakis, that insult comedy isn't just for Congress anymore.  —  This is what gridlock gets you.  Unable to get major legislation through a divided Congress …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, The Verge and Hot Air
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
Dexter cancer patient who called health care ‘unaffordable’ will save more than $1K  —  Washington— A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group's TV ad campaign denouncing her new health care coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year.
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New York Times:
The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs  —  Democrats have for too long been passive in the face of the vast amounts of corporate money, most of it secret, that are being spent to evict them from office and dismantle their policies.  By far the largest voice in many of this year's political races …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The Jolly-Sink showdown: What to watch  —  After almost $9 million in outside spending, a storm of attacks and counterattacks and endless speculation about its implications for the midterms, voters will cast their ballots in the Florida special congressional election on Tuesday.
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Drama-filled Florida race is 2014 bellwether
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
PPP poll: Alex Sink 48%, David Jolly45%, Lucas Overby 6%
Discussion: Business Insider and Power Line
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Joe McGinniss, the journalist who harassed Sarah Palin, dead at 71.  —  Too bad to put in a life's work and have something creepy that you did be the #1 thing many or most people attach to your name when they see that you died.  —  “The Selling of the President” was a great exposé of the what it takes to run for President.
Discussion: The Dish
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Joe McGinniss, ‘Fatal Vision’ Author, Dies at 71
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
Associated Press:   Roger Ailes: Joe McGinniss changed political writing forever
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Snowden On CIA: 'Suddenly It's A Scandal' When Congress Is Listened In On  —  Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden released a statement Tuesday after Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused the Central Intelligence Agency …
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers
Discussion: Post Politics and The Switch
Wall Street Journal:
Text of Sen. Feinstein's Remarks on CIA Search of Panel's Computers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Foreign Policy
CNN:
CNN Poll: Support for Obamacare slightly edges up  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes …
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Republicans Keep Lying to Their Base, and It's Preventing Them From Governing  —  Republicans like to promise things they can't deliver, like huge tax cuts that pay for themselves or health reform plans that don't disrupt the existing system.  And that's made life difficult for Democrats trying …
New York Times:
Even Before Fort Lee Lane Closings, Port Authority Was a Christie Tool  —  For a state that lost hundreds of lives on Sept. 11, the gifts were emotionally resonant: pieces of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center.  They were presented by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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NBC News:   Bridget Kelly goes to court to quash subpoenas
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Erratic House Republicans Have Officially Lost It On Obamacare  —  What do House Republicans want to do with Obamacare?  Depends on the day.  —  Last week, they passed a repeal of the law's individual mandate, pure political showmanship that appealed to the right-wing base that hasn't given up the dream of fully repealing the law.
Discussion: Salon and The BRAD BLOG
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ThinkProgress:
Colorado Is Considering A Bill To Send Doctors To Prison For Prescribing Emergency Contraception  —  Pro-life and pro-choice supporters face off in front of the State Capitol in Denver  —  Colorado lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would ban all abortions and possibly emergency contraception …
Vanity Fair:
The Game of Thrones TV-Show Creators Already Know What Happens at the End of the Book Series  —  Vanity Fair contributing editor Jim Windolf talks to George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the ongoing book series on which the popular HBO show Game of Thrones is based …
Nora Caplan-Bricker / The New Republic:
Mike Huckabee Could Be President—If Only He Wanted It  —  Mike Huckabee had asked me to send him my picture.  He'd be sans entourage for our meeting at a Starbucks near Fox News's midtown Manhattan headquarters, and he wanted to be able to pick me out of the crowd.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain calls bad poll number ‘bogus’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called a poll that finds he has a 30 percent job approval in Arizona “bogus” on Monday.  —  “There is a bogus poll out there,” McCain said on Fox Business' “Cavuto.”  “I can sense the people of my state.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Leaderless Doctrine  —  We're in the middle of a remarkable shift in how Americans see the world and their own country's role in the world.  For the first time in half a century, a majority of Americans say that the U.S. should be less engaged in world affairs, according to the most recent Pew Research Center survey.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Wendy Davis' filibuster against late-term abortion ban repels Texas Hispanics  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL TEXAS 2014 ELECTIONS ABORTION CAMPAIGNS WENDY DAVIS RACE AND DIVERSITY  —  Embedded in the returns for last Tuesday's primary election in Texas is an interesting lesson on the difficulty …
Discussion: American Spectator
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Jessica Mason Pieklo / RH Reality Check:
For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an ‘Undue Burden’
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