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11:15 AM ET, March 20, 2014

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Obama doesn't grasp Putin's Eurasian ambitions
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Henninger: American Fatigue Syndrome
Discussion: Fox News
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
How to Stop Putin in His Tracks
Discussion: The Week, The Monkey Cage and CNN
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama's promise: No military action in Ukraine from US
Discussion: WJLA-TV
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama rules out military excursion
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
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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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: KING-TV and Liberaland
ThinkProgress:
WATCH: Black Constituent Confronts Paul Ryan Over ‘Inner City’ Remarks  —  RACINE, Wisconsin — If you could pinpoint the moment when Paul Ryan lost control of his message on Wednesday, it was when he began explaining to an African American constituent why his recent comments about lazy …
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Paul Ryan's white hood
Discussion: CNN
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:
CNN's Don Lemon Asks Whether A ‘Black Hole’ Swallowed Malaysian Plane (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Verge and The Huffington Post
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Cory Booker: My dinner with Ted Cruz  —  Sen. Cory Booker said Thursday that when he met last week with Republican firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz for dinner, they had a “great intellectual discussion” and “no filibusters.”  —  The New Jersey Democrat said he's trying to work with Republicans …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Scott Brown Awkwardly Finds Out That Obamacare Is Also Helping Republicans  —  Obamacare Saves Money Scott Brown Obamacare Obamacare New Hampshire Scott Brown Herb Richardson Chris Brown Obamacare Savings Fergus Cullen Affordable Care Act Barack Obama Scott Brown Obamacare Scott Brown Republicans …
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.”
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Josh Richman / Mercury News:
Rand Paul, Republican presidential hopeful, finds support in Berkeley, of all places
Michael S. Teitelbaum / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage  —  Everyone knows that the United States has long suffered from widespread shortages in its science and engineering workforce, and that if continued these shortages will cause it to fall behind its major economic competitors.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
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 and NBC News
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 and The Glittering Eye
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
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rahm Emanuel Says D.C. Is Denying Oxygen To Chuck Todd's Brain  —  Things got a little testy between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and MSNBC's Chuck Todd during an interview on Thursday.  —  At one point, while Todd was asking Emanuel about charter schools, the MSNBC host asked if public schools …
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Reporters Held to 4 Minutes With President By Countdown Clock, Looming Aide, and Standing Up  —  According to a local CBS Arizona affiliate, President Obama and his team have 3 tactics to make sure reporters stick to the 4 minutes the White House has allotted them to interview the leader of the world …
Discussion: Althouse
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THIS JUST IN FROM OUR SOCIOPATH BUREAU … Just shut up and go away. … Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid chickenhawk motherfker who plays army man with the children of people who are so much better than you are, and who would feed innocent civilians in lands …
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
 
 
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Chris Gentilviso / The Huffington Post:
Dem Attorney General On Gay Marriage Decision: ‘I Wanted To Be On The Right Side Of History’
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Discussion: Bloomberg View
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Attorney General to State Police: Stop photographing protesters at Chris Christie town halls
Discussion: CNN and Post Politics
NECN:
NECN EXCLUSIVE: Alison King interviews President Barack Obama at the White House
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Tea Party's Over  —  Outside conservative groups …
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Jerusalem Post:
Ya'alon apologizes to US for inflammatory comments
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