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12:40 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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 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.
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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: 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.”
Discussion: KochFacts.com
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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 …
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Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies at 84
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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.
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
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Ryan, Obama and ‘Racism’
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
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