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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
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  —  What's worse for your health: a candy bar or a joint?  —  The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll produced a surprising answer.  Sugar.  When Americans were asked their opinion on the most harmful of four substances, tobacco (49%) …
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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NY Daily News:
BREAKING: Two buildings collapse, killing 2 women and injuring 17 after gas explosion in Harlem
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Stuart A. Reid / Politico:
Did Russ Feingold just end a war?
Discussion: Pulitzer Center
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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Lance Bass visits W.H., flubs site address
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
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
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens a Constitutional Crisis
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 …
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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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.
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: Politico and Towleroad News #gay
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she will not …
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
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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Reuters:
Exclusive: EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia  —  (Reuters) - European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document reviewed by Reuters.
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Senate Bill Proposes Tough Sanctions on Russia
Discussion: Politico
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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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
“We the People” - are you ready to send our Congressional patriots …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
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Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
The Limits of the Wonkosphere  —  Are we entering a golden age of policy journalism?
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Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies
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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
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Plays 2016 Dating Game as Christie Stumbles