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3:25 PM ET, March 18, 2014

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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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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Mitt Romney: President Obama, Hillary Clinton ‘failure’
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
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New York Times:
Malaysia Backtracks on When Airliner's Communications Were Disabled
Politico:
The rich strike back  —  NEW YORK — Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes.
Ron Paul / USA Today:
Crimea secedes.  So what?  —  Residents of Crimea voted over the weekend on whether they would remain an autonomous region of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.  In so doing, they joined a number of countries and regions — including recently Scotland, Catalonia and Venice …
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Seattle Times blogs:
2 die in news helicopter crash at KOMO-TV  —  Firefighters stand next to the site where a KOMO TV helicopter fell to the ground during take-off this morning (Photo by Brian Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)  —  At least two people died this morning when a KOMO-TV helicopter crashed on the street outside Fisher Plaza.
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KOMO News:
2 killed as KOMO News helicopter crashes near Space Needle  —  SEATTLE - Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burst into flames Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle.  —  Emergency personnel immediately rushed …
Washington Post:
NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls  —  The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country's telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chair: ‘Tsunami’ Election Coming, Especially In The Senate  —  The way Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus sees it, 2014 won't be an average election for the party out of power.  It'll be a “tsunami” wave election.  —  At a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and OnPolitics
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Reince Priebus predicts 2014 GOP ‘tsunami’
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Hot Air
New York Times:
Defying West, Putin Signs Treaty to Annex Crimea  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin claimed Crimea as a part of Russia on Tuesday, reversing what he described as a historical mistake made by the Soviet Union 60 years ago and brushing aside international condemnation that could leave Russia deeply isolated for years to come.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Are Transponders the Main Problem?  In a Word, No  —  My friend and colleague Gregg Easterbrook has an op-ed in the NYT today saying that one big lesson of the 9/11 attacks, which should be re-learned because of the Malaysia 370 mystery, is that pilots should not be able to turn off the transponders in their planes.
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Gregg Easterbrook / New York Times:
Out of Control  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN mass murderers took …
Discussion: Guardian
Bobby Jindal / New York Post:
Bill de Blasio's war for poverty  —  This year, many on the left are celebrating 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty — an era that saw the creation of massive new government programs that liberals proclaimed would raise living standards for the poor.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Do Moms Who Work Less Have Healthier Babies?  —  Pregnant women and their newborns tend to be healthier when the economy is worse, a new study shows.  Why?  —  Imagine you lived in Barcelona and lost your job, like thousands of Spaniards did each year of the most recent recession.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America Is Too Broke to Rescue Ukraine  —  The real contest between Russia and the West involves economics, not military might.  —  If only America were fighting more wars, Russia would never have taken Crimea.  That's basically the argument John McCain made last Friday in The New York Times.
Discussion: BBC, National Review and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
March Madness? Fake ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers.
Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
New set of emails, texts on N.J. bridge scandal turned over to judge  —  (CNN) - Newly revealed emails between key figures in a political scandal roiling the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were turned over to a state court judge on Monday.  —  Members of a legislative …
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Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:   New bridge scandal emails bring in key Christie political strategist
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Wendy Davis Is One Step Closer To Turning Texas Purple  —  A new poll shows Wendy Davis within single digits of her Republican opponent—one more sign that Texas's voters are no longer reliably red.  —  Let's start by stating the obvious: It is hard for a Democrat to win statewide office in Texas today.
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Report: Navy Yard shooting preventable  —  Supervisors of the gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year noticed his erratic behavior well before the shooting but did not reveal any problems to the government, a Navy investigation has found.
Discussion: National Review
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
PUTIN'S POWER PLAY  —  Vladimir Putin, in his campaign to restore Russian dominance over post-Soviet states, has an unconventional weapon in his arsenal: vast supplies of natural gas.  In 2006 and 2009, Gazprom, the Russian gas company, cut off supplies to Ukraine (the second time, this created shortages in Europe, too).
 
 
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Political Insider blog:
Paul Broun spends $33k in office cash on rhetoric coach
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Adam Winkler / Slate:
And that's why Hobby Lobby should lose at the Supreme Court.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds confirm Bush-era e-mail surveillance
Dorothy Kronick / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
Why Only Half of Venezuelans Are in the Streets
Discussion: The Dish and Outside the Beltway
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado Senate Close, Hickenlooper grows lead
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 Earlier Items: 
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
A Campaign Inquiry in Utah Is the Watchdogs' Worst Case
Discussion: BillMoyers.com and The Plum Line
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP blinders on civil rights
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
White House Jumps Through Hoops to Increase Obamacare Enrollment
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: How Obama ‘Gets Things Done’
Discussion: Betsy's Page
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Russia's brutality with Ukraine is nothing new
Elad Benari / Arutz Sheva:
Erekat: Israel Must Choose - ‘Settlements’ or Peace
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The 1930s are calling  —  Commentators with a cruel memory …
Discussion: Politico