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9:40 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.
Discussion: Althouse
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Midterms an Obamacare referendum?  Not so fast.  —  At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the man in charge of House Republicans' 2014 campaign, told a roomful of reporters at the National Press Club that they shouldn't read much into that day's special election in Florida to fill …
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP peddles snake oil about Florida election: Lessons from last night's race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Weigel / Slate:
Florida-13: Three Things Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Republican Win
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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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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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
Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
Bill Clinton Is the Best Friend Democrats Have for 2014
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters, Hot Air and The Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Perry's Deconstructive Governing Agenda  —  In his speech at CPAC, Texas Governor Rick Perry brought the crowd to its feet by saying this:  —  Nowhere does the Constitution say we should federalize classrooms.  Nowhere does it give federal officials primary responsibility over the air we breathe, the land we farm, the water we drink.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama threatens vetoes of bills requiring him to follow the law  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA CONSTITUTIONALITY LAW  —  President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it …
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
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.
The LIBRE Initiative:
President: Choose Between Cable, Phone or Health Care  —  (Washington, D.C.) - The President recently participated in a health care town hall with Spanish-language media.  He responded to a question received via email, from a consumer who makes $36,000 per year and cannot find insurance …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jan Brewer not running for reelection  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she would not run for a third term in office.  —  Brewer announced her decision Wednesday morning at a school in Phoenix where she began thinking about a political career, according to the Arizona Capitol Times.
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Jan Brewer / CNN:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't seek reelection
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Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
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In comments protesting Keystone, foreigners play a key role
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Ronan Farrow: Awesome on Twitter, Awful on Television
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Holder Endorses Proposed Drug Sentencing Changes
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Joseph Williams / The Atlantic Online:
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Alan Grayson's wife drops restraining order
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Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Britain Now Has Its First Same-Sex Married Couples
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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
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Senate committee approves bill to let Rand Paul run for re-election and president in 2016
Discussion: Roll Call and OnPolitics
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate UI vote unlikely this week
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