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David Weigel / Slate:
Florida-13: Three Things Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Republican Win  —  From the reporter's perspective, the election for Florida's 13th District was monumentally depressing.  Previous, eyes-of-the-nation special elections have produced stars like New York's Kathy Hochul …
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Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Why a Republican Wave in 2014 is Looking More Likely Now  —  David Jolly wasn't expected to win Tuesday's special election.  But he capitalized on an increasingly favorable political environment for the GOP.  —  Tuesday night's special election in Florida should be a serious scare for Democrats …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
David Jolly's victory spells trouble for Democrats nationwide  —  If I'm a Democratic House member in any competitive district in America or a Democratic incumbent senator up for re-election this year in a moderate-to-conservative state like North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Alaska or Louisiana …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Obama's approval rating hits new low.  —  President Obama notched the lowest approval ratings of his presidency in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, amd wide pessimism about the economy and deep frustration with Washington.
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Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Candy Is Dandy But Pot Is Less Harmful
Discussion: The Week
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Voters Stay Negative on Christie
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America's poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett's Morning in America Wednesday, hinting that he would focus on creating work requirements …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
At Least One Person Killed in East Harlem Building Collapse  —  At least one person was killed when two buildings collapsed in East Harlem on Wednesday morning, according to authorities, and a senior city official suggested that there would most likely be more fatalities.
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Stuart A. Reid / Politico:   Did Russ Feingold just end a war?
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption  —  HHS quietly repeals the individual purchase rule for two more years.  —  ObamaCare's implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: Health insurance isn't expensive - just cancel cable and phones; Update: White House responds  —  This is a few days old, but it's amusing nonetheless.  Barack Obama appeared in a town hall for Spanish-language media on March 6th to discuss ObamaCare and promote enrollments …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Did the CIA Chief Just Dare Obama to Fire Him?  —  Under a sudden avalanche of criticism, CIA director John Brennan said President Obama can ‘ask me to go.’ Will he?  —  The normally cool and calm director of the CIA, John Brennan, may have flinched Tuesday.
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The Hill:
Feinstein drops CIA bombshell
Discussion: NBC News, Firedoglake and Politico
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens a Constitutional Crisis
New York Times:
Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row  —  UPDATE: Glenn Ford was indeed released from prison late Tuesday afternoon local time.  The same judge who denied him relief in 2009 was the one who signed the order authorizing his release.  —  ORIGINAL STORY: Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - DR. BEN CARSON: OUR GOVERNMENT IS LIKE ‘NAZI GERMANY’  —  On Monday, Breitbart News broadcast the New York Meeting live.  Following the event, the principals shared their provocative thoughts and ideas regarding the state of the nation and the Republican Party with moderator Mallory Factor.
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Feminist Studies Professor Accused of Assaulting Teenage Prolife Demonstrator  —  SANTA BARBARA - A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant …
The Intercept:
How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware  —  Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
‘The Daily Show’ Fact Checks Andrew Napolitano's Civil War Revisionism With A Game Show  —  Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday took his mockery of Fox News' Andrew Napolitano to the next level, hosting a mini-game show to debunk the commentator's revisionist views on the Civil War and American slavery.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
“We the People” - are you ready to send our Congressional patriots their needed reinforcements?  Here's how we do it!  —  As I said in my speech last week in Washington, D.C., America needs bold Constitutional conservative leaders who will fight for us with intelligence and integrity to restore …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
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NY Daily News:
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Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
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Thomas Fitzgerald / Philly.com:
Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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Bloomberg:
Wall Street Plays 2016 Dating Game as Christie Stumbles
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
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Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
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