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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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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“The Sky Is Falling,” Says Anonymous Chicken  —  I'm sure many of you saw a certain headline from The Hill today: “O-Care premiums to skyrocket.”  At first I thought the source was The Drudge Report.  —  If you actually read the accompanying article by Elise Viebeck, the rather alarming assertion …
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
ESPN:
President Obama's Final 4 revealed
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
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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New York Times:
Ukraine to Pull All Its Forces From Crimea, Conceding Loss  —  SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — Bowing to the reality of the Russian military occupation of Crimea a day after Russia announced it was annexing the disputed peninsula, the Ukrainian government said on Wednesday that it had drawn up plans …
Tom Kent / THE DEFINITIVE SOURCE:
Datelines from Crimea
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Note to hand wringing TV critics and arm chair critics: Malaysian Flight 370 - click  —  To all those hand wringers now going on TV or writing columns to pronounce their criticism of or their upset about the extensive coverage of Flight 370, ‘get over it!’  —  Have they forgotten that 239 people are missing or perhaps murdered?
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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 …
Robert Evans / Reuters:
Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia  —  (Reuters) - Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia's treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.
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
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 …
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:
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Quinn vs. Rauner: Let the class war begin
Discussion: Capitol Fax.com
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Another Tale of Two Cities  —  LOS ANGELES — The tremors may have had morning TV anchors diving under the desk, but it takes more than a 4.4 quiver to rattle Eric Garcetti.  —  “I don't lose my head,” said the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, who was in bed with his wife, Amy Wakeland, when the earthquake struck at dawn Monday.
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.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Our criminal justice system has become a crime: Column  —  Prosecutors too often abuse unrestrained powers.  —  Here's how it's supposed to work: Upon evidence that a crime has been committed — Professor Plum, found dead in the conservatory with a lead pipe on the floor next to him, say — the police commence an investigation.
Discussion: Power Line
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Big News from Federal Court: Republican States May Soon Demand Proof of Citizenship for Voting in Federal Elections  —  Today a federal court decided Kobach v. United States Election Assistance Commission.The upshot of this opinion, if it stands on appeal, is that states with Republican legislatures …
Elias Isquith / Salon:
GOP lawmaker Frank Ruff apologizes for calling Obamacare a “tar baby”  —  The Virginia state senator insists he didn't mean anything “racial” with his comment  —  Virginia GOP state Sen. Frank Ruff apologized on Wednesday for using the racially loaded phrase “tar baby” …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency's top lawyer insists  —  NSA general counsel Rajesh De contradicts months of angry denials from big companies like Yahoo and Google  —  The senior lawyer for the National Security Agency stated unequivocally on Wednesday that US technology companies …
Staten Island Advance:
NYC inmate Jerome Murdough ‘baked to death’ in Rikers Island cell  —  In this March 12, 2014 photo, Alma Murdough and her daughter Cheryl Warner hold a photo of Murdough's son, at her home in the Queens borough of New York.  Jerome Murdough, a mentally ill, homeless former Marine arrested …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Gothamist
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator: Debt Is Going To Make U.S. “Not A First-Tier Nation Anymore”  —  Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was speaking in Kansas City as part of her “McCaskill on Main Street” tour on Wednesday.  —  View Video ›  —  Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill railed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Morning Joe’ Host Says He Won't Run in 2016, but He Leaves Door Ajar  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Scarborough is running a campaign.  It may be a campaign to change the Republican Party, to sell a book or perhaps to enhance his reputation.  —  But not, he insists, a campaign for president.
Brad Heath / USA Today:
Federal judge blasts ATF stings  —  A federal judge in Los Angeles blasted ATF for sting operations that he said unfairly enlist people in a “made-up crime” by offering them a huge payday for robbing a non-existent drug stash house.  —  A federal judge in Los Angeles blasted the Bureau of Alcohol …
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 …
 
 
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Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama to Make First Appearance on ‘Ellen’ as President
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado happy with marijuana legalization, supports gay marriage
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RNC Chair: Voters Actually Thought Romney ‘Would Make A Better President’ Than Obama (VIDEO)
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