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4:25 AM ET, March 20, 2014

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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.
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Fox News:
Australian PM says 2 objects possibly found in search for Malaysian jet  —  Australia's prime minister said Thursday two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight have been spotted on satellite imagery and an air force aircraft was diverted to the area to try to locate them.
Discussion: Power Line, Guardian, Mediaite and Telegraph
ThinkProgress:
First Climate Article On Nate Silver's Data Website Uses ‘Deeply Misleading’ Data, Top Climatologists Say  —  Nate Silver sits on the stairs at a hotel in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh  —  One of the first articles on Nate Silver's highly anticipated …
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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 …
Discussion: BBC, The Verge, Gawker, CNN and Hit & Run
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:   Barack Obama: No U.S. ‘military excursion’ to come in Ukraine
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
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
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.
Josh Richman / Mercury News:
Rand Paul, Republican presidential hopeful, finds support in Berkeley, of all places  —  BERKELEY — Nobody should be surprised that Rand Paul got so warm a welcome Wednesday, even in a city whose name is often preceded in conversation by “The People's Republic of...”
Discussion: Power Line, Guardian and Politico
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Christine Ferretti / detroitnews.com:
Detroit may raise fines for parking violations  —  (Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)  —  Detroit — For the first time in more than a decade, the city may increase its parking fines and come down harder on repeat offenders who don't pay up.  —  The recommendations …
Discussion: Fox News and Wonkblog
CNN:
Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations  —  New York (CNN) - Hillary Clinton cast doubt Wednesday on whether Iran would ultimately agree to halt its nuclear program, the end goal of a longstanding U.S. effort that President Barack Obama has touted as a top foreign policy achievement.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Ya'alon apologizes to US for inflammatory comments  —  Comments were not intended to express opposition, criticism or offense to the United States, says Ya'alon to Hagel following wave of backlash from US gov't.  —  Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon found himself apologizing for the second …
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
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
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” …
Discussion: Virginian-Pilot and Mediaite
David S. Joachim / New York Times:
Politics Won't Be on First Lady's China Itinerary, Aides Say  —  WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama's trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a “people-to-people exchange” emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education.
 
 
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Meet Al Jazeera America
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency's top lawyer insists
Discussion: PandoDaily, Gawker and Business Insider
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Jindal's Totally Bogus Obamacare Attack At Center Of Billboard Feud
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Senator: Debt Is Going To Make U.S. “Not A First-Tier Nation Anymore”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Obama to Make First Appearance on ‘Ellen’ as President
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
BuzzFeed:
Secretary Kerry: U.S. To Send Scientists To Discuss Homosexuality With Ugandan President
Discussion: GLAAD and Washington Monthly
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado happy with marijuana legalization, supports gay marriage
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
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Brad Heath / USA Today:
Federal judge blasts ATF stings
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chair: Voters Actually Thought Romney ‘Would Make A Better President’ Than Obama (VIDEO)
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Daily Kos
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Chicago Republican who blamed autism and tornadoes on LGBT rights wins her primary
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia Senate Passes Bill To Allow Guns In Churches
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
‘Morning Joe’ Host Says He Won't Run in 2016, but He Leaves Door Ajar
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden