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12:55 PM ET, March 21, 2014


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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Dems ‘get clobbered’ in midterms  —  President Obama complained Thursday that Democrats “get clobbered” in midterm elections, blaming a “toxic” atmosphere in Washington for suppressing key Democratic constituencies.  —  “The challenge is that our politics in Washington have become …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
President Obama: ‘In midterms, we get clobbered’  —  President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that Democrats tend to “get clobbered” in midterm elections, and in order to win in November they need to turn out the vote.  —  Speaking at the suburban Miami home of basketball legend Alonzo Mourning …
USA Today:
RNC Chairman: Obamacare still stinks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Dept. of Education: Black preschoolers far more likely to be suspended than white counterparts  —  Although black children only represent about 18 percent of the students enrolled in preschool, according to a study released on Friday by the Department of Education's Civil Rights division …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines
Discussion: and American Power
Associated Press:
Thousands of Preschool Kids Face Suspension
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's delay: Frozen field or human shield?  —  The claim has hardened into accepted fact among many Democratic operatives: Hillary Clinton is freezing the Democratic 2016 field as she waits until possibly late this year to decide on another presidential run.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton's Top Selling Point in 2016: First Female President  —  Top negatives are not being qualified; continuing Obama's agenda  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans say the best or most positive thing about a possible Hillary Clinton presidency — if she were to run and be elected in 2016 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Washington Post Falls For Left-Wing Fraud, Embarrasses Itself  —  Today's Washington Post features an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin headlined, “The biggest lease holder in Canada's oil sands isn't Exxon Mobil or Chevron.  It's the Koch brothers.”
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End Of A Publishing Gold Rush  —  A decade ago, mainstream publishers became convinced they could make millions by churning out books for the right — and now the bubble may be bursting.  From Allan Bloom to Ann Coulter.  —  The conservative book business has seen better days.
Wall Street Journal:
Leaders Seek to Rescue New York's Bike-Share Program  —  Leaders of Citi Bike are moving quickly to raise tens of millions of dollars to rescue the popular bike-share program as it loses money, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Citi Bike's bright blue bicycles have become …
Discussion: The Week and National Review
Sam Eifling / Associated Press:
Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.  —  Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act.
We are this Generation's Workmen:
Your Dashed Hopes  —  Fred W. Phelps, Sr. Has Gone The Way of All Flesh, And Has Died on March 19, 2014  —  Westboro Baptist Church Issues the Following Commentary:  —  Psalm 2:1 ¶  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  —  The world-wide media …
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies at 84
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Putin's quiet Latin America play  —  Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.  —  To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
FBI agent cleared in Florida shooting of suspect questioned about Boston bombing  —  A Florida prosecutor has ruled that an FBI agent was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a Chechen man connected to two brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing.
New York Times:
Kingmaker's Death Lays Bare Erosion of Parties' Authority  —  WASHINGTON — When Robert S. Strauss headed the Democratic Party in the early 1970s, he was a man of unusual sway.  A phone call could change a presidential campaign, or at times, even the presidency itself.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
2016 watch: Biden heads to New Hampshire  —  (CNN) - As Vice President Joe Biden leaves open the door to another presidential run, his trip next week to New Hampshire will likely fuel more speculation about his interest in the job.  —  The White House announced Friday that Biden will travel …
Discussion: Politico
Kolten Parker / Texas Politics:
Women earn more in Wendy Davis' Senate office than men  —  Women in Democrat gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' Senate office last year averaged about $3,000 more in earnings than the male employees, according to data acquired by Austin bureau chief Peggy Fikac.
New York Times:
Koch Group Seeks Lasting Voice for Small Government  —  WASHINGTON — Americans for Prosperity — the group backed by the Koch brothers that has been pouring millions of dollars into competitive Senate races to the rising alarm of Democrats — was also among the politically active groups …
Ben Casselman / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
Former Obama Adviser: Government Should Have Done More  —  A former top economic adviser to President Obama now says he regrets not doing more to help the unemployed during the worst years of the recession.  —  Alan Krueger, who was an assistant secretary of the Treasury from 2009 to 2010 …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's pathetic response to Putin's invasion of Crimea
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
All you liberals trying to push her out, think about that.
John Harwood / New York Times:
In Book, Architect of Health Law Predicts a Shift Away From Employer Coverage
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Ryan, Obama and ‘Racism’
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Lawrence E. Walsh, Prosecutor in Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies at 102
House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Forced To Apologize For His Reporter's Disgusting Tweets
Discussion: Firedoglake
Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
The Overprotected Kid