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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines  —  Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according …
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and American Power
Associated Press:
Thousands of Preschool Kids Face Suspension
Discussion: Politico
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.
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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: 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.”
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Anjulie Palta / Koch Cash:   1.1 Million Acres in Canada and Counting: Koch Interest in Keystone XL Pipeline Confirmed
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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Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies at 84
Sam Eifling / Associated Press:
HAWAII LAW LETS POLICE HAVE SEX WITH PROSTITUTES  —  You are here  —  Home » Hawaii » Hawaii law lets police have sex with prostitutes  —  HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex …
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
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: AEIdeas, Mediaite and Business Insider
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.
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's pathetic response to Putin's invasion of Crimea  —  Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that “we went to a knife fight with a baguette.”
Wall Street Journal:
Ryan, Obama and ‘Racism’  —  Two men use similar language and the left calls one a bigot.  —  A week later, and liberals are still lining up to assail Paul Ryan's “racism.”  The episode is worth noting not because Mr. Ryan said anything wrong, but because of what it shows about the political habits of today's elected and media left.
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
John Harwood / New York Times:
In Book, Architect of Health Law Predicts a Shift Away From Employer Coverage  —  WASHINGTON — Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who helped devise the Affordable Care Act, has a vision for how it will eventually work.  Democrats hope it will not materialize anytime soon.
Reed Hastings / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality  —  The Internet is improving lives everywhere - democratizing access to ideas, services and goods.  To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, net neutrality must be defended and strengthened.
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Ukraine signs EU trade pact as Russia finalizes Crimea annexation  —  Brussels, Belgium (CNN) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed the political elements of a trade pact with the European Union on Friday, even as Russian lawmakers finalized the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
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 …
Reuters:
Widespread Twitter outages in Turkey after PM threatens ban  —  (Reuters) - Twitter users in Turkey reported widespread outages on Friday, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened to shut down access to the social media platform as he battles a damaging corruption scandal.
 
 
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
All you liberals trying to push her out, think about that.
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Lawrence E. Walsh, Prosecutor in Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies at 102
ThinkProgress:
House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy
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
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Tucker Carlson Forced To Apologize For His Reporter's Disgusting Tweets
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