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12:20 AM ET, March 13, 2014

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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  —  When I proposed that Republicans plan to use their structural advantage this election cycle to claim a mandate to destroy Obamacare, no matter how much or little Obamacare actually helps them in the November Senate elections …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP to Dems: Don't spin Fla. loss  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday offered Democrats some unsolicited advice on dealing with the party's loss in a close House special election race in Florida: Don't try to spin it.  —  “Listen, I've stood here after losing some special elections.
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 …
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 …
Dustin Volz / NationalJournal.com:
The NSA Is Using Facebook to Hack Into Your Computer  —  The spy agency is not above infecting networks with malware by posing as the social-media site, according to newly released Snowden files.  —  This just in from the Edward Snowden vault of government secrets: The National Security Agency …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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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 …
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: The Daily Caller, CNN and ABC News
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Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption
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
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she will not …
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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Bob Kealing / WESH-TV:
Real estate scammer says he's too obese for prison  —  James Olivos sentenced to 5 years  —  A real estate swindler who claims he's too morbidly obese to begin serving his federal prison term got no sympathy from a judge Tuesday.  —  James Olivos pleaded guilty and was sentenced in December …
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: Mediaite and The Moderate Voice
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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Stuart A. Reid / Politico:
Did Russ Feingold Just End a War?
Discussion: Pulitzer Center
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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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Is Huckabee serious about a 2016 bid?  —  Mike Huckabee is gearing up for another run for the White House — and this time, his party is paying attention.  —  Top advisers to the former Arkansas governor say the Republican's flirtation with a 2016 run is real after he ultimately passed on a bid last time.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Alan Grayson's wife drops restraining order  —  The wife of Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson has voluntarily dropped a temporary restraining order against him following an allegation that he shoved her.  —  “Ms. Carson-Grayson has apparently dropped the petition for injunction that she levied …
Discussion: Liberaland
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Journalism startups aren't a revolution if they're filled with all these white men  —  Nate Silver has a chart to hire for ‘clubhouse chemistry’.  Ever heard of something called ‘workplace diversity’?  —  When the predictive superstar Nate Silver announced last summer that he would defect …
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.
The Switch:
Google is encrypting search globally.  That's bad for the NSA and China's censors.  —  Google has begun routinely encrypting Web searches conducted in China, posing a bold new challenge to that nation's powerful system for censoring the Internet and tracking what individual users are viewing online.
 
 
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Joseph Williams / The Atlantic Online:
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor
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House of Debt:
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Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: The Dish
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
ESPN:
Sources: Nets Sign Jason Collins For Remainder Of Season
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ThinkProgress:
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Reuters:
Exclusive: EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rasmussen Poll: Scott Walker Tied With Democratic Challenger
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and PoliticusUSA
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
“We the People” - are you ready to send our Congressional patriots …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Democrats Can Compete for the White Working Class
 

 
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