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1:30 AM ET, March 12, 2014

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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What Should We Read Into FL-13?  Maybe Nothing.  —  Here are three basic thoughts on the race:  —  1. My sense is that the Democratic candidate, former state chief financial officer and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink, will probably win.  —  Back in mid-January …
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Tampa Bay Times:
David Jolly elected to represent Pinellas County in Congress  —  CLEARWATER — Republican David Jolly on Tuesday night won the closely-watched, extremely expensive and relentlessly negative battle for Florida's 13th Congressional District, signaling trouble for Democrats as they head …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th  —  Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida's 13th District on Tuesday in an unusually expensive race watched closely by both parties as the midterm election season kicks into high gear.
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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Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Intrigue at the Top: CIA, Senate Feud Goes Public
Discussion: Politico
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
SENATOR: CIA IMPROPERLY SEARCHED COMPUTER NETWORK
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Why casino workers hate Obamacare  —  Casino workers are preparing to strike against several Las Vegas establishments, but their real target is President Obama.  —  Culinary Workers Union Local 226 is pushing about a dozen of its employers to contribute more money to its health insurance fund to cover rising Obamacare costs.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Will Young People Buy Health Care From Obama and Zach Galifianakis?  —  The health of the Affordable Care Act depends on getting “invincibles” who don't think they need plans enrolled.  Enter Between Two Ferns.  —  Social media exploded Tuesday morning with people talking …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Erratic House Republicans Have Officially Lost It On Obamacare
Discussion: The Plum Line and Salon
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 …
Miscellany Blue:
Rep. Kyle Tasker: ‘50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain’  —  State House Rep. Kyle Tasker (R-Nottingham) is no stranger to controversy, but an image he posted today on a public Facebook page is exceptional even by his standards.  —  Tasker posted the image while commenting …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Raw Story
Natasha Velez / New York Post:
Gal dead after ‘black-market’ butt injection  —  A black-market New Jersey beautician botched a silicone butt injection at a seedy Meatpacking District hotel, leaving her client to die after suffering seizure-like symptoms, police said Tuesday.  —  Tamira Mobley, 28, has been charged …
Discussion: Gawker and Hinterland Gazette
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.
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Associated Press:   Roger Ailes: Joe McGinniss changed political writing forever
Associated Press:
‘Fatal Vision’ author Joe McGinniss dies at age 71
Discussion: Firedoglake and Poynter
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Senate Makes America's Pathetic Public Financing System Even More Pathetic  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) successfully attained unanimous consent on Tuesday to pass H.R. 2019, a House bill to end public funding for party conventions.  The bill would authorize the money …
Discussion: Eric Cantor … and Common Cause
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Associated Press:
Senate sends Obama childhood cancer research bill
Discussion: The Hill
Jess Denham / The Independent:
Russell Crowe's Noah banned in three Arab countries before worldwide premiere  —  Darren Aronofsky's forthcoming Biblical epic Noah has been banned in several Middle Eastern countries for depicting religious figures.  —  Censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Washington Post
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Administration: 4.2 million people signed up for Obamacare plans through February  —  About 940,000 people selected Obamacare insurance plans in February, bringing to 4.2 million the total number of people opting for health coverage in the law's insurance exchanges since the enrollment opened in October.
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Associated Press:
Steady health care sign-ups may miss goal of 6M
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
NationalJournal.com:
Clintonworld Goes After The Washington Post  —  A Hillary Clinton adviser is implicated in the D.C. corruption scandal but an aide fires back, calling the allegations “bizarre and brazenly false.”  —  The corruption scandal that has rocked local politics in D.C. now has a Hillary Clinton aide in the mix …
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: The Raw Story, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
McConnell: We're Going to ‘Crush’ Tea Party Candidates in GOP Primaries This Year  —  Provocative comments over the weekend from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will provide grist for the ‘grassroots vs. establishment’ mill for some time.  In an interview with the New York Times …
 
 
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Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
With clock ticking on mortgage relief, homeowners wonder what's ahead
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare signups slow down in February, youth enrollment well below target
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Robin Marty / Politico:
The Cookiecott  —  Pro-life groups say the Girl Scouts …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain calls bad poll number ‘bogus’
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