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11:40 AM ET, March 13, 2014

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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Health Law Tied to G.O.P. Victory in Florida Race  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — For Democrats hoping to claim a prized House seat in a swing district, Alex Sink seemed a shining candidate: a moderate, business-minded banker and former candidate for governor with ample experience in running a big race and raising money for it.
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Karl Rove: GOP, Beware of Tuesday's Victory  —  David Jolly's Florida win shows that opposition to ObamaCare alone won't be enough in November.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Steve Israel: I hope Alex Sink runs again  —  Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said Wednesday that although Alex Sink lost the special election in Florida on Tuesday night to her Republican opponent, he “absolutely” wants her to run again in November.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Midterms an Obamacare referendum? Not so fast.
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Americans Stick With Obamacare as Opposition Burns Bright  —  President Barack Obama's health-care law is becoming more entrenched, with 64 percent of Americans now supporting it outright or backing small changes.  —  Even so, the fervor of the opposition shows no sign of abating …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Mandate Won't Be Delayed, Sebelius Says  —  WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Wednesday that the Obama administration would not extend the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance or delay the requirement for most Americans to have coverage.
Bloomberg:
Americans Don't Believe Christie on Jam, Clinton on Libya
Discussion: NBC News
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 13, 2014 - Clinton Up As Obama, Christie Crash In Iowa, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Democrat Braley Leads In U.S. Senate Race  —  In an early look at the 2016 presidential race in Iowa, Secretary Clinton leads Gov. Christie 48 - 35 percent, reversing a 45 …
ThinkProgress:
Ryan Defends Comments On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men  —  Rep. Paul Ryan's claim that young “inner city” men are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work” because they rely on government assistance has sparked outrage from a growing number of Democratic lawmakers …
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Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Piers Morgan's guest explains to him why he lost his CNN show: because he was rude  —  There's been a lot of debate about why Piers Morgan lost his CNN talk show.  A couple of days ago the comedian Chelsea Handler gave him a definitive explanation.  Piers was “interviewing” her …
Discussion: Samizdata
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate Update: Domino Effects  —  In what order should we expect upper chamber seats to flip?  —  To demonstrate just how Republican this year's Senate playing field is, consider this: Of the 36 Senate elections this year (33 regularly scheduled and three specials), the Crystal Ball sees 16 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite vows of help, White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention …
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Dreaming of ‘President Ted Cruz’ will turn into a nightmare for the GOP  —  REPUBLICAN PARTY 2016 ELECTIONS TED CRUZ CAMPAIGNS RONALD REAGAN CONSERVATISM  —  As with most things, there are good and bad aspects of the Tea Party movement.  And all the bad ones were on display March 6 in a speech …
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Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Right-Wing Mobs? Say It Isn't So, Conservatives!
Discussion: RedState
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Game Over?  Another Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Thwarted  —  Following in the footsteps of other “religious freedom” bills before it, the Mississippi version of the legislation was effectively neutered Wednesday.  —  The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported the state House voted to form …
Discussion: Clarion-Ledger
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Sharks Are Circling Around Hillary  —  Dems are on the defensive again in response to allegations that a Clinton comrade was involved in questionable campaign funding.  Oh yes, it's feeding time, aka ‘silly’ season, again.  —  The political world is on tenterhooks waiting for Hillary Clinton …
Deborah Tannen / USA Today:
‘Bossy’ is more than a word to women: Column  —  It's a frame of mind with deep roots in the family and playground.  Let's stop using it.  —  What do Sonia Sotomayor, Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg share with innumerable other prominent women?  They've all been called bossy.
Discussion: Moonbattery
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Abrahm Lustgarten / The Daily Beast:
How Chesapeake Energy, the Kings of Fracking, Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches  —  Thanks to a series of shady deals with former subsidiaries—and massive cuts in royalties to unsuspecting landowners—the controversial shale gas firm is now awash in cash.  —  At the end of 2011 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes  —  Next month, the trustees who oversee America's most distinguished journalistic award could face their toughest decision in at least four decades.  —  The issue before the Pulitzer Prize Board: Does it honor reporting by the Washington Post …
Catherine Curan / New York Post:
Wells Fargo made up on-demand foreclosure papers plan: court filing charges  —  Wells Fargo, the nation's biggest mortgage servicer, appears to have set up detailed internal procedures to fabricate foreclosure papers on demand, according to allegations in papers filed Tuesday in a New York federal court.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Saving unborn like saving elderly  —  If Americans don't protect the unborn, they won't protect people at the end of life either, Mike Huckabee said Wednesday night at a Washington gala sponsored by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Is Huckabee serious about a 2016 bid?
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Plots New Round Of Hostage-Taking To Stop Obamacare
Amanda Cochran / CBS News:
Shares  —  The White House is rolling out a new project …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
McConnell Is Not as Vulnerable as He Seems
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Perry's Deconstructive Governing Agenda
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Knesset passes first Basic Law in 22 years: Referendum on land concessions
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Anita Hill Is Celebrated in the Documentary ‘Anita’
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Ronan Farrow: Awesome on Twitter, Awful on Television
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Holder Endorses Proposed Drug Sentencing Changes
Discussion: Politico
The Switch:
Google is encrypting search globally. That's bad for the NSA and China's censors.
Joseph Williams / The Atlantic Online:
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor
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Emily Bell / Guardian:
Journalism startups aren't a revolution if they're filled with all these white men
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