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4:30 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
Ethan Skolnick / Bleacher Report:
LeBron James to Promote Affordable Care Act at President Obama's Request  —  MIAMI — President Barack Obama has called upon LeBron James to come through in the clutch.  —  The president's signature initiative, the Affordable Care Act, is facing a critical deadline, as open enrollment …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: O-Care won't hurt Dems
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, RedState and CNN
Sierra Marquina / Ryan Seacrest:
President Barack Obama Talks Affordable Care Act, Zach Galifianakis, and Shopping at Gap
Mike Spies / Vocativ:
Five Minutes With Rand Paul http://voc.tv/1cD7eTX  —  Five Minutes With Rand Paul http://voc.tv/1cD7eTX  —  Post It  —  “Festooned” (Reuters/Gary Cameron)  —  There was a consensus among young people at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference that the GOP needs to get out of social issues.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Mitch McConnell's Modest Contract with America  —  Politicians out of power like to promise the moon and the stars to voters.  They make contracts and pledges to America.  Some vow to make the oceans recede and usher in a new era of hope and change.  Others merely claim they have the power to make D.C. listen.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.  —  A CNN/ORC International survey …
Discussion: Post Politics and Politico
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Most Do Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat
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 …
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.
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
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
While the West Watches Crimea, Putin Cleans House in Moscow  —  While the world awaits Sunday's referendum in Crimea and nervously watches the Russian troops massing on Ukraine's eastern border, the world is missing that, in Moscow, Vladimir Putin is busily cleaning house.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots  —  See Also  —  Salesforce Just Disclosed A Really Odd Thing: It Doesn't Really Know Where Its Revenue Comes From  —  Big changes are coming to the labor market that people and governments aren't prepared for, Bill Gates believes.
Discussion: BGR and CBS DC
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Sarah Palin plans ‘Rogue TV’  —  Fox News contributor and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be launching her own digital video channel, tentatively called “Rogue TV,” a source familiar with the project told Capital.  —  The channel will be available through Tapp …
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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama, Citing a Concern for Families, Orders a Review of Deportations  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that deportations of illegal immigrants should be more humane, and to make that happen, he has ordered a review of his administration's enforcement efforts.
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Politico:
Obama calls for review of deportations
Discussion: Associated Press and ThinkProgress
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Catholic Leader: I Wasn't Saying That I ‘Literally’ Wanted Liberal Professors Shot  —  The leader of the Catholic organization who said earlier this week that liberal academics should be “taken out and shot” is willing to admit that he messed up.  —  In a statement provided to TPM …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Obama: ACA figures enough to work  —  Obamacare may not be beloved, but President Barack Obama says it's got enough customers to survive.  —  In a sit-down interview with WebMD posted Friday, the president dismissed any concern that people resisting the law could somehow keep it from functioning.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.”
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Bloomberg:
Putin Deports Executives for Speeding as Sanctions Loom
Discussion: Liberaland
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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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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