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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 …
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: Hot Air
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis
Discussion: Politico
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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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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Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:   Unions Suffer for Obamacare
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Ted Cruz's Obamacare nightmare: House Republicans are preparing to improve the law
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon  —  (CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
John Winslow / Washington Monthly:
Jamie Dimon's Raise Proves That The MegaBanks Need To Be Broken Up  —  First we learned last fall that the Justice Department had fined JPMorgan Chase shareholders $13 billion - that's the largest fine in history - mainly for its sale of fraudulent residential mortgages …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid plots to block potential 2016 foe  —  Harry Reid isn't on Nevada's ballot this year, but he may as well be.  —  The shrewd Senate majority leader is putting the strength of his formidable political machine behind a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor whose fate …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘No Free School Lunches!’  The Rise Of A Conservative Rallying Cry  —  Before Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) fibbed and told a story at CPAC about free school lunches that turned out to be false, the talking point had been long in the making as a conservative rallying cry about the evils of liberal ideology.
Discussion: National Review
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems can't run on Obamacare and can't hide from it either  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE 2014 ELECTIONS  —  Some Democrats hope to minimize the importance of Obamacare as a political issue by focusing on other topics in this November's midterm elections.  Some hope to win by promising to fix …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Joe McGinniss, ‘Fatal Vision’ Author, Dies at 71  —  Joe McGinniss, the author who reported on political campaigns and murder cases in the books “The Selling of the President” and “Fatal Vision,” died on Monday.  He was 71.  —  His death was confirmed on his Facebook page …
Discussion: Althouse and Mediaite
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA TODAY.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
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Masha Gessen / Los Angeles Times:
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