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2:45 PM ET, March 14, 2014

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course - sources  —  (Reuters) - Military radar data suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, heightening suspicions of foul play among investigators …
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Daily Mail:
Officials ‘convinced’ two communications systems on missing jet were deliberately shut off 14-minutes apart as it emerges aircraft DID keep ‘pinging’ for hours after vanishing at 35,000 ft  — U.S. official said two separate communication systems were shut down ‘deliberately’ shortly after take-off
Wall Street Journal:
Jetliner ‘Pinged’ Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After Disappearance  —  WSJ has confirmed that the pilot had the ability to manually turn off the transponder on Flight MH370.  Why is the transponder so significant?  WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: O-Care won't hurt Dems  —  Republicans are “wasting their time” using ObamaCare as an electoral issue, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday.  —  Days after the healthcare law was seen as a decisive issue in her party's special election loss in Florida …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, RedState and CNN
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Sierra Marquina / Ryan Seacrest:
President Barack Obama Talks Affordable Care Act, Zach Galifianakis, and Shopping at Gap
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In jam over Obamacare, Dems don't know which way to turn
MassEquality:
Boston Beer Company, Sam Adams Cancel Participation in the St. Patrick's Day Parade  —  For questions regarding this statement, please contact:  —  Boston Beer Company  —  Statement from the Boston Beer Company:  —  “We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade …
John Solomon / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee  —  Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absence  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)  —  FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors …
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ABC News:
Utah Officials Call on Feds to Investigate Senators Reid, Lee
Discussion: Hot Air
Jamie Self / The State:
ELECTION 2014: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator “ambiguously gay”  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Four of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's announced challengers in June's Republican primary pledged support for each other Thursday if any of them end up in a runoff with the Seneca incumbent.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fear of Wages  —  Four years ago, some of us watched with a mixture of incredulity and horror as elite discussion of economic policy went completely off the rails.  Over the course of just a few months, influential people all over the Western world convinced themselves and each …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most see Russia as a threat to U.S.  —  Washington (CNN) - As the crisis in the Ukraine continues, a new national poll indicates that for the first time in more than a decade, more than half of Americans  —  see Russia as a serious threat to the U.S.
Discussion: Post Politics and Politico
Josh Barro / New York Times:
People Think We're in a Recession.  Don't Blame Them.  —  The United States economy emerged from recession in June 2009 and has been growing for nearly five years.  Yet this week, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of American adults found that 57 percent still think the economy is in recession.
Politico:
Obama calls for review of deportations  —  The Hispanic Caucus has yet to formalize the resolution, but an earlier draft obtained by POLITICO calls on Obama to use “all legal means” to suspend, delay or stop deportations of immigrants if the removal would “have an adverse impact on the United States.”
Discussion: Associated Press and ThinkProgress
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama, Citing a Concern for Families, Orders a Review of Deportations
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John McCain cites Ronald Reagan, slams GOP on Ukraine aid  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped fellow Republicans on Thursday for objecting to a package of aid and sanctions to respond to the Ukrainian crisis, calling himself “embarrassed” and telling his GOP colleagues: “Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans.”
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid blames Ukraine standoff on Kochs
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis  —  A new century's dangers begin to come into focus.  —  What has been happening in Ukraine is not a wake-up call precisely but a tugging at the attention, a demand to focus.  —  There's a sense that in some new way we are watching the 21st century take its shape and express its central realities.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Resurrecting Republican Populism  —  If you want to cut to the heart of what's gone wrong in the Republican Party over the last two presidential cycles, you could do worse than start with this post from the liberal blogger Kevin Drum, lamenting the weakness of his own party's pitch to working and middle class voters:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Instapundit
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The paradox of the “Ban Bossy” campaign.  —  It's a five-letter word beginning with B, and if Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chavez have their way, it will never again be used in polite company in reference to a woman, or especially a girl.  The word, of course, is “bossy.”
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Most Do Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat  —  Nearly two in three believe global warming will happen during their lifetimes … PRINCETON, NJ — The majority of Americans continue to believe that the effects of global warming are happening or will begin to happen during their lifetimes.
Bloomberg:
Putin Deports Executives for Speeding as Sanctions Loom  —  Even before the Ukraine standoff, foreign companies in Russia say they were alarmed by the number of executives being deported for minor infractions.  Now with the West preparing sanctions, they're bracing for more.
Discussion: Liberaland
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
A Carter Could Turn Georgia Blue  —  Dramatic population shifts put Georgia on the path to joining North Carolina and Virginia in the electoral toss-up column.  Jason Carter, Jimmy's grandson, wants to lead the way.  —  As Wendy Davis's campaign for Texas governor flounders …
 
 
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Fox News:
Former Sen. Scott Brown to launch exploratory committee for NH Senate campaign
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots
Discussion: BGR and CBS DC
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Zuckerberg Says He Called Obama To Express ‘Frustration’ Over NSA Surveillance
Associated Press:
Lavrov: No common vision with US on Ukraine
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
New Obama administration proposal to regulate for-profit colleges
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Moms of Jonah Hill, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez: Enroll in Obamacare
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How to stop — or slow — Putin
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Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project:
Worldwide, Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality
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Emily Jane Fox / CNNMoney.com:
Number of U.S. millionaires hits new high
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Murray Carpenter / The Atlantic Online:
Why It's So Hard for Obama to Be Tough on Russia
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Biden jokes presidential run would be bad for his golf game
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