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9:40 AM ET, March 20, 2014

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BBC:
Australia plane searchers investigate debris  —  Amsa's John Young said the objects spotted were a “reasonable size”  —  Australia is investigating two objects seen on satellite images that could potentially be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, officials say.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Liberaland
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ABC News:
Search Drastically Narrows in Hunt for Lost Plane … American and British aviation officials have refined satellite signals from the missing Malaysia Flight 370 and created two possible flight paths that dramatically narrow the scope of the search to an area off the coast of Australia.
Washington Post:
Obama doesn't grasp Putin's Eurasian ambitions  —  IT'S EASY to conclude that Vladi­mir Putin's passionate defense of Russia's takeover of Crimea “just didn't jibe with reality,” as Secretary of State John F. Kerry put it.  In a speech on Tuesday, the Russian ruler repeated mendacious charges …
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Marco Rubio / Washington Post:
Making Putin pay  —  Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.  —  Vladi­mir Putin's annexation of Crimea is a direct challenge and long-term threat to the post-World War II international order …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama's promise: No military action in Ukraine from US
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Barack Obama: No U.S. ‘military excursion’ to come in Ukraine
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Republican Rand Paul fires up a Berkeley crowd  —  Cheered by a youthful audience in one of the country's most liberal enclaves, Sen. Rand Paul - one of the Republican Party's leading contenders for the White House in 2016 - delivered a scathing rebuke to the U.S. intelligence community Wednesday, calling it “drunk with power.”
Discussion: The Raw Story, Roger L. Simon and CNN
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Josh Richman / Mercury News:
Rand Paul, Republican presidential hopeful, finds support in Berkeley, of all places
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN's Don Lemon: ‘Is It Preposterous’ to Think a Black Hole Caused Flight 370 to Go Missing?  —  CNN's Don Lemon has been entertaining all sorts of theories about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, including the chance something “supernatural” happened, but on Wednesday night …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Now CNN's Don Lemon Asks If Black Hole Theory For Missing Jet Is ‘Preposterous’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jim Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
A Special Prosecutor for the IRS  —  Despite her denials, it's now plain that Lois Lerner was deeply involved in targeting conservative nonprofit groups.  —  The House Oversight Committee's investigation of the IRS is at an inflection point.  The president's congressional supporters realize …
Discussion: Power Line
Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
An Ecosystem of Super PACs Forms Around Hillary Clinton, Some With Dubious Goals  —  Both for and against her, groups are sprouting up more than two years in advance.  —  The prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy hasn't just fostered the network of semiofficial outside groups …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Mother Jones
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CNN:
Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations
Discussion: Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Everything You Need To Know About The Supreme Court Taking On Birth Control  —  On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear two landmark cases about the validity of a rule under Obamacare that employer health plans must cover emergency contraceptives for female employees without co-pays.
Discussion: Liberaland
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Paul Ryan's white hood  —  What notorious racist said the following?  “Fewer young black and Latino men participate in the labor force compared to young white men.  And all of this translates into higher unemployment rates and poverty rates as adults.”  — The rich strike back
Discussion: CNN
New York Post:
Teen sneaks past guard to reach WTC spire  —  A New Jersey teen captivated by 1 World Trade Center sneaked out of his home in the dead of night, got past the wall of security — and a sleeping guard — making it all the way up to the spire, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
NECN:
NECN EXCLUSIVE: Alison King interviews President Barack Obama at the White House  —  To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed.  Click here to get the latest Flash player.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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 and How Appealing
Rachel Ohm / Morning Sentinel:
Norridgewock man with gun tattoo wakes up to armed police  —  Police said workers with Lucas Tree Experts mistook Michael Smith's tattoo for a real gun when he appeared outside shirtless Tuesday morning.  —  NORRIDGEWOCK — Michael Smith went outside shirtless after being awakened Tuesday morning …
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Tea Party's Over  —  Outside conservative groups are experiencing the limits of their influence.  —  FreedomWorks issued an unusual round of endorsements this week.  The conservative group, which won publicity for backing intraparty challenges to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell …
MJ Lee / Politico:
Bernie Madoff speaks: Politics, remorse and Wall Street  —  BUTNER, N.C. - From his office on the 17th floor of midtown Manhattan's red enameled Lipstick Building, Bernard Madoff often handled billions of dollars in a single day.  —  These days, at the medium-security prison here …
Discussion: Politicker
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that growth in economic activity slowed during the winter months, in part reflecting adverse weather conditions.  Labor market indicators were mixed but on balance showed further improvement.
 
 
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
New Social App Has Juicy Posts, All Anonymous
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
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The Primary Project: The Future of American Politics
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Jerusalem Post:
Ya'alon apologizes to US for inflammatory comments
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Power Line
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