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9:50 AM ET, March 18, 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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CNN:
Putin notifies Russian parliament of Crimea's accession request  —  Moscow (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed this weekend's referendum in Crimea, saying Tuesday that the nearly 97% of its residents who voted to join Russia was “an extremely convincing figure.”
New York Times:
Defying Sanctions, Putin Declares Crimea Independent  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia signed a decree late Monday night formally recognizing Ukraine's Crimea region as a “sovereign and independent state,” defying the United States and Europe just hours after they imposed …
Garry Kasparov / Politico:
Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938
Discussion: NationalJournal.com, CNN and Hot Air
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The kids are all right.  ObamaCare's not so hot.  —  What's the matter with kids today?  Dana Milbank, a grumpy old man at the Washington Post, would like to know.  He's not literally talking about kids, but about voting age adults—the “army of 15 million voters under 30” who “swept …
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Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Marketplace Enrollment Hits 5 Million Milestone  —  As this historic open enrollment period enters its final weeks, millions of Americans are finding quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Fernando Valdez and Denise Schroeder were part of a weekend wave of consumers signing …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare enrollments hit 5 million
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
March Madness? Fake ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers.
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 5 Million
Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
Romney: The Price of Failed Leadership  —  The President's failure to act when action was possible has diminished respect for the U.S. and made troubles worse.
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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 …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP blinders on civil rights  —  Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican from Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District, is standing near the blood stained driveway in Jackson where civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated as he fought for black voting rights in 1963.
Mother Jones:
24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America  —  The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.  —  You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies?  Think again.  The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic.
Elad Benari / Arutz Sheva:
Erekat: Israel Must Choose - ‘Settlements’ or Peace  —  The chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on Monday once again blamed Israel for the lack of progress in peace talks, saying that the Israelis must choose between “settlements” and peace.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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 …
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Kathy Finn / Reuters:
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, a convicted felon, to run for Congress
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: How Obama ‘Gets Things Done’  —  We need a president who rarely thinks and never speaks about how he looks in jeans.  —  Maybe Barack Obama should have given Zach Galifianakis an off-ramp, like the one he keeps trying to offer Vladimir Putin.  Those were some pretty barbed lines …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
L'Wren Scott dead: Fashion designer and Mick Jagger girlfriend found dead in apparent suicide  —  Mick Jagger is ‘completely shocked and devastated by the news,’ spokesperson says in statement.  Scott's body, discovered hanging from a scarf tied to a doorknob in her apartment on 11th Avenue …
Gregg Easterbrook / New York Times:
Out of Control  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN mass murderers took over the cockpits of four American airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, one of the first things they did was turn off the transponders, so the planes would not register properly on civilian radar.  —  A few months later …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
A Campaign Inquiry in Utah Is the Watchdogs' Worst Case  —  It is the nightmare scenario for those who worry that the modern campaign finance system has opened up new frontiers of political corruption: A candidate colludes with wealthy corporate backers and promises to defend their interests if elected.
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 …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
White House Jumps Through Hoops to Increase Obamacare Enrollment  —  In an effort to reach their initial goal for registration prior to the looming March 31 deadline, Obama has enlisted NCAA athletes and coaches to play ball and create viral videos that encourage registration.
 
 
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Politico:
The rich strike back  —  NEW YORK — Just a few months ago …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexei Druzhinin / ITAR-TASS:
Putin signs decree recognising Crimea as sovereign and independent state
Bobby Jindal / New York Post:
Bill de Blasio's war for poverty
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Russia's brutality with Ukraine is nothing new
Variety:
Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Guardian, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Putative Bitcoin Founder Categorically Denies It
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
SEAL Team Raids a Tanker and Thwarts a Militia's Bid to Sell Libyan Oil
Michael Wines / New York Times:
West's Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights
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Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
New set of emails, texts on N.J. bridge scandal turned over to judge
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The 1930s are calling  —  Commentators with a cruel memory …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Hit & Run
Guardian:
Guardian editor receives European Press award for Edward Snowden story
Matthew Perrone / Associated Press:
Marijuana Study In Veterans Wins Federal Backing
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and ThinkProgress
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Stenographer: ‘Assignment’ From Holy Spirit Prompted Outburst On House Floor
Discussion: Mediaite
kff.org:
Sizing Up Exchange Market Competition
Discussion: Wonkblog and Talking Points Memo
 

 
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I Was Kidnapped While Reporting in Syria. The Risk Wasn't Worth It.

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