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8:45 PM ET, March 11, 2014

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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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Washington Post:
Transcript: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers
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
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers
Discussion: CNN, Post Politics and The Switch
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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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 …
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 …
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
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's New Approach Takes a Humorous Turn
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis
Discussion: National Review and Politico
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
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 and VodkaPundit
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Erratic House Republicans Have Officially Lost It On Obamacare
Discussion: Salon and The BRAD BLOG
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Mediaite
Fox News:
Malaysia's military investigating reports that missing plane changed course, made it to country's west coast  —  Malaysia's military says it is investigating reports that a missing Boeing 777 jetliner headed to Beijing changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles away …
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 …
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 …
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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
Robin Marty / Politico:
The Cookiecott  —  Pro-life groups say the Girl Scouts are selling something else along with their Thin Mints: abortion.  —  When a cheerful, green-sashed third grader steps on the porch of the house next door, or rings the bell of the neighbor across the street, she's probably prepping her sales pitch …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Liberaland
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 …
 
 
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Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
With clock ticking on mortgage relief, homeowners wonder what's ahead
Discussion: National Review
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare signups slow down in February, youth enrollment well below target
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain calls bad poll number ‘bogus’
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly