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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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Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP peddles snake oil about Florida election: Lessons from last night's race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Lance Bass visits W.H., flubs site address  —  Singer Lance Bass proved Wednesday that if you're going to promote a major government website, you might want to double check the address before you hit send on that tweet.  —  The former 'N Sync star tweeted a picture of himself at the White House …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and ABC News
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 …
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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CNN:
Satellite looking into missing Malaysia flight detects ‘suspected crash area’  —  (CNN) — A Chinese satellite looking into the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “observed a suspected crash area at sea,” a Chinese government agency said — a potentially pivotal lead …
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.
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Dustin Volz / NationalJournal.com:
The NSA Is Using Facebook to Hack Into Your Computer
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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.
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Major Garrett / NationalJournal.com:
Accused of Spying on Congress, CIA Director Tap Dances  —  Nothing about the CIA-Senate squabble looks reasonable.  —  CIA Director John Brennan denied credible allegations of spying on Congress—a federal crime—leveled by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein with a classic Washington evasion.
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The Hill:
Feinstein drops CIA bombshell
Discussion: Firedoglake and Politico
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens a Constitutional Crisis
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Charlie Rangel: 'Our community's 9/11'  —  Rep. Charles Rangel called an apparent building explosion and collapse in his home district in Harlem, New York the most “horrific” thing that has hit his home district in his time in Washington and his community's Sept. 11.
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Jan Brewer / CNN:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't seek reelection  —  (CNN) - Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona announced Wednesday she will not run for reelection.  —  “There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,” she said at a school in Glendale.  “After completing this term in office, I will be doing just that.”
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jan Brewer not running for reelection
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Oklahoma Fox Station Cuts Evolution From ‘Cosmos’ By Editing Only 15 Seconds  —  In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night's “Cosmos” science documentary by cutting only 15 seconds from the broadcast.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rasmussen Poll: Scott Walker Tied With Democratic Challenger  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is tied with his likely Democratic opponent in a general election matchup, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday.  —  The poll found Walker tied with Democrat Mary Burke …
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and PoliticusUSA
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama  —  A longtime House Democrat in electoral jeopardy this fall says he supported former President George W. Bush more than President Obama.  —  Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), first elected in 1976, is a top target of Republicans in a state where Obama has long been deeply unpopular.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Senate committee approves bill to let Rand Paul run for re-election and president in 2016  —  A revised bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for re-election and the presidency on the same Kentucky ballot in 2016 was cleared by a state Senate committee Wednesday, picking up one Democratic vote along the way.
 
 
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Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Britain Will Have Its First Same-Sex Married Couples From Midnight Tonight
Discussion: Liberaland
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Journalism startups aren't a revolution if they're filled with all these white men
Bob Kealing / WESH-TV:
Real estate scammer says he's too obese for prison
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Judgment and Leadership  —  Charlie Crist, now running …
Discussion: Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate UI vote unlikely this week
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Jim Heath / WBNS-TV:
Ohio's Kasich Says He's ‘Not Interested’ In Run For White House
Discussion: Post Politics and OnPolitics
Reuters:
Exclusive: EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
“We the People” - are you ready to send our Congressional patriots …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Cash Abroad Rises $206 Billion as Apple to IBM Avoid Tax
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
The Limits of the Wonkosphere  —  Are we entering a golden age of policy journalism?
Becky Barlish / Longview News-Journal:
Shoot first, ask questions later method puts former Beckville resident in Alabama hospital
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Democrats Can Compete for the White Working Class