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5:40 PM ET, March 17, 2014

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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators  —  Putin is set to respond to Obama's sanctions of Russian officials with his own list.  Several U.S. Senators and officials will be banned from visiting Russia, including Sen. Dick Durbin.  —  U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials …
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S., E.U. announce sanctions following vote in Crimea  —  The Obama administration slapped sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials Monday, saying it was targeting “cronies” and senior advisers of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian arms industry and those responsible …
Garry Kasparov / Politico:
Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
US Sanctions On Russia Freeze Top Officials' Assets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
What the Fox Knows  —  FiveThirtyEight is a data journalism organization.  Let me explain what we mean by that, and why we think the intersection of data and journalism is so important.  —  If you're a casual reader of FiveThirtyEight, you may associate us with election forecasting …
William J. Dobson / Slate:
The Malaysia Airlines Pilot's Politics  —  Zaharie Ahmad Shah supported Anwar Ibrahim.  That's common sense, not zealotry.  —  There is an axiom in Malaysian politics: Eventually everything comes back to Anwar Ibrahim.  So, the longer that the fumbling and inept investigation …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Host Speculates Whether Malaysia Jet's Disappearance Was ‘Supernatural’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plane Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help
Daniel Simmons-Ritchie / Rapid City Journal:
Phil Jensen: South Dakota's most conservative lawmaker?  —  It was July 10, 2003, and Phil Jensen, a life-long Kansas boy and red-blooded Republican, was set for a big move.  —  Jensen and his wife were relocating from Wichita to Rapid City to live closer to family.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker Thinks Businesses Ought To Be Able To Deny Service To Black People
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ex-gov announces bid for Congress  —  Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards officially announced he is running for Congress on Monday, hoping to recharge a political career after serving nearly a decade in prison on federal corruption charges.  —  Edwards announced his bid Monday at a weekly meeting …
Discussion: CNN and America Rising
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Lauren McGaughy / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
It's official: Edwin Edwards is running for Congress  —  Just three years after his release from federal prison, former Gov. Edwin Edwards is throwing his hat into the open race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.  —  The 86-year-old Silver Fox, known for his memorable …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Scott Brown pans ‘self-serving’ pledge  —  Scott Brown on Saturday blasted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) challenge to limit outside spending in the New Hampshire Senate race as “self-serving and hypocritical.”  —  Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who is gearing up for a run in New Hampshire …
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ThinkProgress:   In Abrupt Reversal, Scott Brown Slams Efforts To Limit Outside Spending In His Senate Race
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: Battle over pledge in Brown-Shaheen Senate fight
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House Republican leaders craft their vision for an alternative to health-care law  —  House Republican leaders are adopting an agreed-upon conservative approach to fixing the nation's health-care system, in part to draw an election-year contrast with President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
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Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
Discussion: VodkaPundit, The Week and PoliticusUSA
New York Times:
Amid Mayoral Missteps, Irish Eyes Are Rolling in New York City  —  He wants to close schools for the Chinese New Year, has pledged fealty to an Israeli political group, sprinkles Spanish and Italian phrases into his speeches and speaks frequently of his wife's Caribbean heritage.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Joe Scarborough for President?  Sure, Why Not?  —  The MSNBC host has Beltway buzz for his flirtation with the 2016 presidential race.  Republican primary voters may be a different story.  —  NASHUA, N.H.—In the end, Joe Scarborough's name wasn't on the ballot for the presidential straw poll …
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Newsmax Wires / Newsmax.com:
Joe Scarborough Gets Rave Reviews in New Hampshire, Hints at 2016 Bid
Nature:
All you need to know about gravitational waves  —  A beginner's guide to the BICEP2 discovery of primordial gravitational waves.  —  Rights & Permissions  —  Astronomers have announced the detection of the imprint of primordial ‘gravitational waves’ that originated in the Big Bang that created our Universe 13.8 billion years ago.
Discussion: The Verge
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Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Koch Group Abandons Obamacare ‘Horror’ Stories After Fact-Check Backlash  —  Have we heard the last Obamacare “horror” story?  If new ads from the Koch Brothers-backed group are any indication, we might have.  —  Americans for Prosperity, the well-funded conservative group …
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Will Drug Test Welfare Recipients  —  Last week, Mississippi's state Senate passed a bill to drug test some welfare recipients after it passed the House earlier this year.  It's now waiting for a signature from Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who praised its passage.  It will take effect July 1.
Yahoo! News:
MH370 flew as low as 1,500m to avoid detection, says paper  —  The Malaysian Insider - 11 hrs ago  —  As the search for the missing flight MH370 enters its 10th day with few clues as to its whereabouts, the New Straits Times said today the Boeing 777-200ER dropped 5,000 feet (1,500m) to evade commercial radar detection.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Hot Air and Telegraph
Fritz Klug / MLive.com:
Poll has Gary Peters leading Terri Lynn Land in US Senate race  —  A new poll has U.S. Rep Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, leading former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.  —  If the election were held now, 39.7 percent of the people asked would vote for Peters and 36.7 percent for Land …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and National Review
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Revenge of the Republican consultants  —  Ten of the consulting firms that formed the core of the push to elect Mitt Romney — reaping a combined $1 billion in the process — have survived a tea party assault and are again among the highest-grossing and best-positioned players in Republican politics.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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All Politics Is Presidential  —  Thirty-eight states will choose governors this November.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Krystal Ball / msnbc.com:
The NRA shoots down a qualified Obama nominee
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Obama trap
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The Hidden Rot in the Jobs Numbers
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