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8:55 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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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Washington Post:
Obama doesn't grasp Putin's Eurasian ambitions
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  —  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...”
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
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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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
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Barack Obama: No U.S. ‘military excursion’ to come in Ukraine  —  President Barack Obama has ruled out U.S. military engagement with Russia over Ukraine, arguing Wednesday that it “would not be appropriate,” or good for Ukraine, for the two powers to use force to work out the conflict.
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Elaine Kamarck / Brookings Institute:
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Jerusalem Post:
Ya'alon apologizes to US for inflammatory comments
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GOP lawmaker Frank Ruff apologizes for calling Obamacare a “tar baby”
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Federal judge blasts ATF stings
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