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8:20 PM ET, March 13, 2014

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Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Ezra Klein's Queer New Hire  —  Brandon Ambrosino (Photo Courtesy of Media Matters)  —  On Tuesday, former Washington Post pundit (and Prospect alum) Ezra Klein sent a shock wave through the gay community by announcing he had hired gay anti-gay apologist Brandon Ambrosino to join him at Vox Media …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Vox's Unbelievably Terrible New Hire  —  On Wednesday, Ezra Klein's new media venture, Vox, announced that it had hired Brandon Ambrosino as a writing fellow, presumably to cover the LGBTQ beat.  Vox likely thought that by hiring Ambrosino, the outlet would be introducing a brash, unconventional new voice to a broader audience.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Hipster Homophobia: Ezra Klein's Vox hires Falwell-loving gay-bashing “gay”  —  Ezra Klein's new Web media venture, Vox.com, has just hired a controversial gay-bashing “gay” named Brandon Ambrosino to write for the new online publication.  (Vox on Facebook, Vox on Twitter.)
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Paul Ryan's ‘inner city’ comment might mean he's racist, but he sure is classist  —  Does he think black people are lazy?  He definitely thinks poor people are.  And laws reinforce lawmakers with logic like that.  —  “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular …
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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 …
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
What Paul Ryan Gets Wrong About ‘Inner-City’ Poverty
Discussion: National Review and ThinkProgress
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
A Post-Mortem on the Fla. Special Election
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Why Dems are tying Republicans to the Koch brothers  —  The Dem strategy of tying Republican Senate candidates to the Koch brothers continues to be portrayed simplistically, as little more than an effort to tar Republicans with the image of distant and menacing plutocrats.
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Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Mary Landrieu's Koch Problem
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and The PJ Tatler
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Plots New Round Of Hostage-Taking To Stop Obamacare
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jobless deal came down to wire
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
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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Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Business groups stunned as Obama gives millions overtime  —  Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it.
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner invites Pope to address Congress  —  (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis' first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.  —  Boehner, who is Catholic, noted in a statement that the Argentinian was the first Pope “to hail from the Americas.”
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite vows of help, White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — Russia's Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th …
KXAN-TV:
Austin woman, man from the Netherlands killed in downtown crash  —  AUSTIN (KXAN) - Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, the driver in a deadly downtown wreck who police suspected of driving drunk, will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Ron Paul: Putin Has ‘Law on His Side’ with Crimean Invasion  —  Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) appeared on the Fox Business Network's The Independents on Wednesday night where he was asked for his thoughts about the worsening situation in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Liberaland and Hit & Run
Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone:
Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet  —  At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic.  In his view, the world …
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 …
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Chris Matthews: ‘The Senate Goes’  —  Chris Matthews is already bracing for a disappointing November for Democrats, and he sees little that can be done to change that outcome.  —  “It's going to be very hard to hold the Senate — I think the Senate goes,” he said on Morning Joe on Thursday.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
CRFB.org:
Administration Does About-Face on Fate of ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies  —  The administration's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report to Congress on Monday detailing the sequester's impact on mandatory spending programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, and it shows a notable …
 
 
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Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Former NJ gov's son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide
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Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Hecklers ejected after disrupting Christie town hall in Mount Laurel
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
GOP FORMER SEN. BROWN SEEKS STAFF FOR NH RUN
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Obama endangers Dems
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Man Who Accidentally Shot Himself Sues Police For Taking His Guns
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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
In narrow vote, Senate backs ending early voting on weekends
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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How Chesapeake Energy, the Kings of Fracking, Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Piers Morgan's guest explains to him why he lost his CNN show: because he was rude
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