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6:40 AM ET, March 13, 2014

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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.
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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
David Weigel / Slate:
Florida-13: Three Things Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Republican Win
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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
Missing Airplane Flew On for Hours  —  Engine Data Suggest Malaysia Flight Was Airborne Long After Radar Disappearance, U.S. Investigators Say  —  U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location …
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Saving unborn like saving elderly
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she will not …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jan Brewer not running for reelection
Mike Allen / Politico:
DEMS' DOWNER DAY: Discouraging loss in swing House seat to flawed R who ran hard against Obamacare — WSJ/NBC: 48% less likely to vote for solid Obama backer — B'DAYS: Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney, Marcy  —  VANITY FAIR's April cover, “GAME ON!  ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Four: The making of the biggest …
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 …
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 …
Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
Bill Clinton Is the Best Friend Democrats Have for 2014  —  No political figure has more endorsement power in 2014 than the former president.  —  If Democrats can't get Pope Francis to come and campaign with them ahead of this year's midterm elections, they're at least already trotting out the next best thing: Bill Clinton.
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
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Knesset passes first Basic Law in 22 years: Referendum on land concessions  —  Law requires a referendum on any treaty that entails giving up land to which Israeli law applies.  —  The referendum law requiring a referendum on concessions of any sovereign land became a Basic Law …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Holder Endorses Proposed Drug Sentencing Changes  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in bloated federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Right-Wing Mobs?  Say It Isn't So, Conservatives!  —  When I wrote a book about mobs and group-think a few years ago, I could honestly say that mob behavior existed exclusively on the left in America — unless you count Oakland Raiders tailgate parties, which I do not.
Discussion: RedState
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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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.
Discussion: Roll Call and OnPolitics
 
 
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Anita Hill Is Celebrated in the Documentary ‘Anita’
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Juliet Eilperin / The Fix:
In comments protesting Keystone, foreigners play a key role
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Ronan Farrow: Awesome on Twitter, Awful on Television
Joseph Williams / The Atlantic Online:
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor
Discussion: Instapundit and Mediaite
Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Britain To Have Its First Same-Sex Married Couples By Midnight On 13 March
Discussion: The Dish
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Judgment and Leadership  —  Charlie Crist, now running …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Lance Bass visits W.H., flubs site address
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and ABC News
ESPN:
Sources: Nets Sign Jason Collins For Remainder Of Season
Discussion: Washington Blade and ThinkProgress
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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Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

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