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2:50 AM ET, March 21, 2014

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Alexey A. Navalny / New York Times:
How to Punish Putin  —  MOSCOW — AS I write this, I am under house arrest.  I was detained at a rally in support of anti-Putin protesters who were jailed last month.  —  In September, I ran for mayor of Moscow as a pro-reform, pro-democracy opposition candidate and received almost a third …
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Associated Press:
EU targets Putin's inner circle, scraps summit
Discussion: RT, Wall Street Journal and OnPolitics
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Swap Sanctions Tit for Tat Over Crimean Crisis
Discussion: Fortune, Fox News and Daily Kos
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 …
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Sarah Plake / Associated Press:
No Funeral, After Death Of Westboro Church Founder Fred Phelps … TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)  —  Fred Phelps Sr., the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member.  —  Phelps' son, Timothy told 13 News that his father died just before midnight.
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies at 84  —  TOPEKA, Kan. — The Rev. Fred Phelps, the virulently antigay preacher who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died here on Wednesday.
Discussion: American Spectator, CNN and Althouse
Associated Press:   Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
News Anchor Retracts Claim That Jay Carney Gets Questions In Advance  —  Phoenix news anchor Catherine Anaya acknowledged on Thursday that she didn't have things quite right earlier this week when she said White House press secretary Jay Carney gets questions in advance from reporters.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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Wonkblog:
The biggest lease holder in Canada's oil sands isn't Exxon Mobil or Chevron.  It's the Koch brothers.  —  David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  —  You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada's oil sands, or tar sands …
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Anjulie Palta / Koch Cash:   1.1 Million Acres in Canada and Counting: Koch Interest in Keystone XL Pipeline Confirmed
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Forced To Apologize For His Reporter's Disgusting Tweets  —  A conservative reporter and his high-profile boss extended an apology to Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray on Wednesday night for a pair of crude and sexist tweets that immediately set off an uproar.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
Starbucks to Bring Alcohol Sales to Thousands of Stores  —  Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) is going big on booze.  —  Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview.
Politico:
Kos Folds Up the Big Tent  —  If Markos Moulitsas had his way there'd be no Affordable Care Act, no Dodd-Frank, no economic stimulus package.  That's the price when purity tests are applied to Democrats.  —  In a remarkable post yesterday, Moulitsas, founder and publisher …
Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
The Overprotected Kid  —  A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer.  A new kind of playground points to a better solution.  —  A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Brookings Institute:
Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market?  —  ABSTRACT  —  The short-term unemployment rate is a much stronger predictor of inflation and real wage growth than the overall unemployment rate in the U.S. Even in good times, the long-term unemployed are on the margins …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown Confounded By Republican Who Benefitted From Obamacare  —  It seems Scott Brown, the once (and future?)  U.S. senator, didn't have an answer when confronted with one of his fellow Republicans who has benefitted from Obamacare.  —  The Huffington Post flagged the Wednesday story from the Coos County Democrat.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
This Video Of Rep. John Lewis Dancing To “Happy” Is The Best Thing You Will See Today  —  A video uploaded late Wednesday night shows Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, dancing to Pharrell's “Happy.”  A spokesman for the congressman didn't immediately return a request …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Denies Tennessee's Request To Halt Recognition Of Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  As of now, Tennessee officials must recognize three same-sex couples' marriages.  —  Jay Paul / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge has denied Tennessee's request to put …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
ACA at Age 4: More Disapproval than Approval  —  But Most Opponents Want Politicians to Make Law Work  —  As the four-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular with the public.  Currently, 53% disapprove of the 2010 health care law while 41% approve of the law.
Noah Berlatsky / The Atlantic Online:
Students Who Do Sex Work  —  A freshman at Duke University was outed as a porn performer by a fellow classmate earlier this year.  The story was quickly picked up by national outlets.  When the student revealed her porn alias, Belle Knox, a few weeks ago, she spurred another flurry of coverage.
 
 
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New York Times:
Koch Group Seeks Lasting Voice for Small Government
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ThinkProgress:
House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy
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Nina Mandell / USA Today:
Delaware's coach ignored Joe Biden's good-luck call because he doesn't pick up his phone on game day
Discussion: Politico and Red Alert Politics
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Anita Hill: Biden Did ‘Terrible Job’ Running Clarence Thomas Hearings (VIDEO)
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
General Is Reprimanded, but Spared Jail, in Misconduct Case
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Kingston touts penny-pinching in new ad
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This drone can steal what's on your phone
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court faces wave of free-speech cases from conservatives
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Sarah Jaffe / Washington Post:
Journalists' and activists' strange approach to low-wage workers
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