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6:25 AM ET, March 15, 2014

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New York Times:
Sharp Changes in Altitude and Course After Jet Lost Contact  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 experienced significant changes in altitude after it lost contact with ground control, and altered its course more than once as if still under the command of a pilot …
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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 …
CNN:
Missing Malaysian plane: Could it have landed?
New York Times:
As Clues to Jet's Flight Emerge, Hunt Shifts Into Vast Ocean
Discussion: LewRockwell, Guardian and JustOneMinute
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
McCain: 'Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans' if you oppose Senate Ukraine aid deal
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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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Why Republicans turn on their own
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Confidante's ‘Screaming Siren’: Dems Could Face Another 2010  —  Democrats face strong headwinds in the 2014 mid-term elections and could suffer a similar fate as their crushing defeat in 2010 if their voters don't turn out, according to a longtime confidant of President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Issues Temporary Order That Tennessee Recognize Several Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  Judge issues preliminary injunction in case over state's recognition of same-sex couples' marriages performed out of state.  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Tennessee Friday ordered state officials …
Discussion: Advocate, Joe. My. God. and Good As You
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 …
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 …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama: ‘My jeans fit very well’  —  President Barack Obama on Friday said critics of his “mom jeans” should zip it.  —  “I've been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” Obama told radio host Ryan Seacrest in an interview.  “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Sierra Marquina / Ryan Seacrest:
President Barack Obama Talks Affordable Care Act, Zach Galifianakis, and Shopping at Gap
Peter Coy / Businessweek:
Is Russia Pulling Money Out of U.S. for Safekeeping?  —  There's circumstantial evidence that Russia may have yanked tens of billions of dollars in assets out of a custodial account at the U.S. Federal Reserve, possibly to keep it from being frozen by U.S. authorities in case of heightened conflict in Ukraine.
Discussion: Liberaland and 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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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.
Discussion: The Dish and VodkaPundit
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
Joe Jervis / Joe. My. God.:
Pastor James Manning Strikes Again: “Jesus Would Stone Homos” Billboard Appears In Harlem  —  Last month Harlem Pastor James Manning earned national headlines when he posted a billboard declaring that President Obama has “released homo demons on the black man.”  Today Manning upped the Christian Love™ with the above sign.
ABC News:
Utah Officials Call on Feds to Investigate Senators Reid, Lee … Two local prosecutors in Utah say a corruption investigation looking at state politicians and online gambling interests has yielded evidence that could implicate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Discussion: Hot Air
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ThinkProgress:
50,000 Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform At Dartmouth After Student Publishes A ‘Rape Guide’
Discussion: Liberaland
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton only Dem with edge on GOP
Discussion: Daily Kos
HHS.gov:
Making Health Care Coverage More Accessible and Equitable For Same-Sex Couples
Discussion: Guardian
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Obama: ACA figures enough to work
Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
Putin Deports Executives for Speeding as Sanctions Loom
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Obama calls for review of deportations
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Associated Press
Josh Barro / New York Times:
People Think We're in a Recession. Don't Blame Them.
Emily Jane Fox / CNNMoney.com:
Number of U.S. millionaires hits new high