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2:55 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, Hot Air and The Verge
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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: Mediaite
Associated Press:   Roger Ailes: Joe McGinniss changed political writing forever
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  —  Lackluster candidates, millions spent, a third-party candidate: Every detail of Tuesday's special election in Florida's 13th District makes it unusual, but the bellwether district is still the first indication of the 2014 electoral mood.
Discussion: The Political Carnival and Hot Air
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: The BRAD BLOG
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
Ted Cruz's Obamacare nightmare: House Republicans are preparing to improve the law
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:   Unions Suffer for Obamacare
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 …
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 …
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.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers  —  The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday sharply accused the CIA of violating federal law and undermining the constitutional principle of congressional oversight as she detailed publicly for the first time how the …
Discussion: Post Politics
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Wall Street Journal:
Text of Sen. Feinstein's Remarks on CIA Search of Panel's Computers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Foreign Policy
Wall Street Journal:
Iranians Using Stolen Passports on Malaysia Airlines Flight Had No Known Terror Ties, Officials Say  —  Both Apparently Sought Only to Migrate to Europe  —  Day four and still no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, but investigators identified the men traveling on the two passports earlier determined to have been stolen.
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:   Use of Stolen Passports on Missing Jet Highlights Security Flaw
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues  —  OXON HILL, Md. — It was difficult to miss Ian Jacobson at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  Known as Rooster, he was 33, with an ample beard, earrings and a towering orange-and-aqua spiked Mohawk haircut.
Jessica Mason Pieklo / RH Reality Check:
For Too Many, Accessing Abortion Is Already an ‘Undue Burden’  —  In the four months since the Roberts Court refused to block a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to allow the admitting privileges portion of HB 2, the massive Texas anti-abortion omnibus bill, to take effect …
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Wendy Davis' filibuster against late-term abortion ban repels Texas Hispanics
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
 
 
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Bridget Kelly goes to court to quash subpoenas
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Only 15 Percent of Top Films in 2013 Put Women in Lead Roles, Study Finds
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John Winslow / Washington Monthly:
Jamie Dimon's Raise Proves That The MegaBanks Need To Be Broken Up
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Honey Maid's Take on Wholesome Families Includes Gay Couple
Ashley Killough / CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘No Free School Lunches!’ The Rise Of A Conservative Rallying Cry
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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy
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Masha Gessen / Los Angeles Times:
Is Vladimir Putin insane? Hardly
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
A President Blinded by Righteousness
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid plots to block potential 2016 foe
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Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker
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