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12:55 PM ET, March 23, 2014

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New York Times:
Crying Wolf on Religious Liberty  —  This week, the owners of two secular, for-profit corporations will ask the Supreme Court to take a radical turn and allow them to impose their religious views on their employees — by refusing to permit them contraceptive coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act.
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The Hill:
Dems ramp up offense on ObamaCare  —  The White House and congressional Democrats are ramping up a coordinated effort to celebrate ObamaCare's fourth anniversary this weekend, looking to go “on offense” ahead of the final week of open enrollment.  —  The effort includes a social media campaign …
Greg Clary / CNN:
House Intel chair says Putin isn't done in Ukraine  —  (CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has even more aspirations in Ukraine - and the troops to back them up.  —  Rogers is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and said he based …
Discussion: Politico
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden links Russia's anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine  —  (CNN) - Russia's “gay propaganda” law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat  —  WASHINGTON — American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” …
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Spiegel Online:
NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm
Associated Press:
France may have found part of jet  —  PERTH, Australia — France on Sunday provided Malaysia with satellite images of objects that could be from a passenger jet that has been missing for more than two weeks, the latest word of such images that officials are hoping will help solve one of the world's great aviation mysteries.
Discussion: CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I Reply to the Post  —  On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin titled “The biggest lease holder in Canada's oil sands isn't Exxon Mobil or Chevron.  It's the Koch brothers.”  The article's first paragraph included this claim:
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Study: Blacks with white friends are ‘less black’  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS VINCENT GRAY WASHINGTON RACE AND DIVERSITY  —  When Washington, D.C., councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry this week said that whites need to be “more open-minded” about African-American politicians, claiming …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Vox Popoli
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs  —  Solicitors told how to draw up Sharia-style wills penalising widows and non-believers  —  Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Mail
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
GOP candidate for governor is a registered sex offender  —  Glenn Champ says his criminal record, which includes voluntary manslaughter and other charges, could help him deal with politicians.  —  One of four gubernatorial candidates introduced to California Republicans recently …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
NATO general warns of further Russian aggression  —  BELBEK, Crimea — NATO's top military commander warned Sunday that Russia could seek to expand its territorial conquest to new areas, just a day after Russian forces seized some of the final Ukrainian military installations in the contested Crimean peninsula.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Agonist
 
 
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