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4:10 PM ET, March 19, 2014

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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
O-Care premiums to skyrocket  —  Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.  —  The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs.
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ESPN:
President Obama's Final 4 revealed  —  President Barack Obama, the nation's first basketball fan, took marker to bracket with ESPN again at the White House and selected defending tournament champion Louisville, No. 1 overall seed Florida, top seed Arizona and Michigan State to advance to this year's NCAA men's Final Four.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“The Sky Is Falling,” Says Anonymous Chicken
Discussion: Hot Air
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama reveals Final Four bracket picks
Discussion: Althouse
Kiley Kroh / ThinkProgress:
Nate Silver's New Science Writer Ignores The Data On Climate Science  —  Nate Silver's highly anticipated data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight launched on Monday, with a controversial figure covering science issues.  Silver has brought on Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor of environmental studies …
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Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
The Emptiness of Data Journalism  —  Nate Silver could learn a lot from those op-ed columnists he maligns  —  I wish to say a word or two in defense of “bulls**t.”  That is Nate Silver's meticulously chosen term—he does nothing imprecisely—for opinion journalism.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, and the dangers of being ideologically neutral
Discussion: Washington Post and BillMoyers.com
New York Times:
Malaysia Turns to F.B.I. for Help in Plane Inquiry  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — The Malaysian authorities say some data was deleted from the flight simulator that one of the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet had built in his home, and they have turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Discussion: Lawfare, Gawker, The Week and The Agonist
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Steven Nelson / U.S. News:
National Geographic Plans to Show Crimea as Part of Russia on Maps  —  Top mapmakers split on recognizing Crimea as part of Russia.  —  A map showing Crimea as part of the Russian Federation was briefly showcased Tuesday on Wikipedia's English-language entry for Russia.  (CC-GNU-FDL-1.2)
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Tom Kent / THE DEFINITIVE SOURCE:
Datelines from Crimea  —  We've been asked whether, with the Russian takeover of Crimea, we will change our style for datelines from Crimean cities.  —  Previously, we wrote “SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP).”  But Ukraine no longer controls Crimea, and AP datelines should reflect the facts on the ground.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Hillary Insiders Say They Won't Work for Her If She Hires This Man  —  “I would do anything for Hillary.  Except work with Mark Penn.”  —  UPPA/ZUMA  —  In recent weeks, I've talked to several Washington politicos close to Bill and Hillary Clinton, and when I've asked …
Detroit Free Press:
Pay it forward: Plan would allow Michigan students to attend college for ‘free’  —  The latest, greatest idea for making a college education affordable sounds simple enough — students can attend school for free.  —  But there's a catch.  —  In return for free tuition …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Week
James Carville / The Hill:
Throw the lead to November  —  In early February this year, I wrote a column for The Hill in which I tried to talk Democrats off the cliff.  I warned them against having such a gloomy outlook for November.  To tell you the truth, though, when I saw the result from the Florida special election last Tuesday …
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
The four biggest takeaways from the Illinois primaries  —  Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to pick nominees for federal and state races, several of which will be among the most hotly contested in the country this fall.  —  Here's what stood out most about the results:
American Press Institute:
How Americans get their news  —  Americans are accessing the news throughout the day and across devices  —  For many Americans, keeping up with the news is an activity that occurs throughout the day and across different formats, devices, and technologies.  When asked when they prefer to watch …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia Senate Passes Bill To Allow Guns In Churches  —  The Georgia Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that will let church leaders allow guns in their churches, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  —  The Senate pared back the House version of the legislation …
Razshafer / RedState:
It's Time to Draft Ted Cruz for President  —  When Republicans run for the White House as conservatives, we win.  When they run as moderates, we lose.  Yet every four years, the party bosses and political consultants tell us that conservatives are unelectable and that we must support their big-government candidates.
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden  —  Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, I went to live and report for The New York Times in Afghanistan.  I would spend most of the next 12 years there, following the overthrow of the Taliban, feeling the excitement of the freedom and prosperity that was promised …
Philly.com:
Kane shut down sting that snared Phila. officials  —  The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Paul to Rebuke Obama on Spying, Citing '60s Abuses  —  BERKELEY, Calif. — Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, says President Obama should be particularly wary of domestic spying, given the government's history of eavesdropping on civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, CNN and Politico
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
7-11 Clerk Says She Was Fired For Giving Freezing Homeless Man A $1 Cup Of Coffee  —  Ava Lins, a 19-year-old clerk at 7-11, started making small talk with a homeless man who came into the store last Thursday night.  He told her that the homeless shelter was full and he didn't know where he was going to sleep.
Discussion: WCVB Channel 5 and MyFoxBoston
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Secret Lives of Inner-City Black Males  —  Paul Ryan's explanation for urban poverty isn't much different from Barack Obama's.  Why did it make liberals so angry?  —  On Sunday, I took my son to see two movies at a French film festival that was in town.  The local train was out.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chair: Voters Actually Thought Romney ‘Would Make A Better President’ Than Obama (VIDEO)  —  Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus applied some dizzying spin on Wednesday to the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.  —  Forget the final results.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Morning Joe’ Host Says He Won't Run in 2016, but He Leaves Door Ajar
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs
Discussion: Hot Air
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky Senate passes bill to let Rand Paul run for re-election and president in 2016
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McConnell fundraiser: Wives have ‘obligation’ to sleep with husbands
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Union frustration adds to Dems' woes
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
America's Internet Surrender
Harold Meyerson / prospect.org/blog/vox-pop:
How to Raise Americans' Wages
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Greens pressure Obama to reject expansion of natural gas exports
Discussion: Hot Air
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
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Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Crimea crisis: Fears of war grow as Ukrainian officer is killed at military base in Simferopol
 

 
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