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7:10 PM ET, March 23, 2014

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightFeatures:
FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast: GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control  —  When FiveThirtyEight last issued a U.S. Senate forecast — way back in July — we concluded the race for Senate control was a toss-up.  That was a little ahead of the conventional wisdom at the time …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tarnished Silver  —  Timothy Egan joins the chorus of those dismayed by Nate Silver's new FiveThirtyEight.  I sorry, but I have to agree: so far it looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.  —  But I'd argue that many of the critics are getting the problem wrong.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Obama aide: US sanctions effectively weakening Russia  —  White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken argued Sunday the United States' sanctions are effectively hurting Russia's economy even though they haven't deterred Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Liberaland
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Greg Clary / CNN:
House Intel chair says Putin isn't done in Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden links Russia's anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Deep underground, federal employees process paperwork by hand in a long-outdated, inefficient system  —  In BOYERS, Pa. — The trucks full of paperwork come every day, turning off a country road north of Pittsburgh and descending through a gateway into the earth.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
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
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Russia Without Illusions  —  SINCE the end of the Cold War, America's policy toward Russia has been shaped by two dangerous illusions.  —  The first was the conceit that with the right incentives, eyes-to-soul presidential connections and diplomatic reset buttons, Russia could become what we think of …
Discussion: Hot Air
Eric Bradner / Politico:
Carter: ‘My own communications are probably monitored’  —  Former President Jimmy Carter says he corresponds with foreign leaders the old-fashioned way - through snail mail - because he suspects his communications are watched by intelligence agencies.  —  “I have felt that my own communications …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz / New York Times:
The Geography of Fame  —  WHERE do the most successful Americans come from?  I was curious.  So I downloaded Wikipedia.  (You can do that sort of thing nowadays.)  —  With a little coding, I had a data set of more than 150,000 Americans deemed by Wikipedia's editors to be notable.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Kasich Declines to Rule Out 2016 Run  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is running for re-election, defended policies that break with others pushed by some of his GOP colleagues, such as expanding Medicaid and investing in infrastructure spending, saying they are the right decisions for Ohio.
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
 
 
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Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Au Revoir, Entrepreneurs
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Elias Isquith / Salon:
Rand Paul's “youth” snow job: Why he'll never, ever, ever win over young voters
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooked Timber
Michael Belfiore / Guardian:
When robots take our jobs, humans will be the new 1%. Here's how to fight back
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Paul Has Ideas, but His Backers Want 2016 Plan
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Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
Sheldon Adelson plans VIP dinner for Jeb Bush at GOP gathering in Vegas
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
NATO general warns of further Russian aggression
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John C. Goodman / Wall Street Journal:
A Costly Failed Experiment
Ari Soffer / Arutz Sheva:
French Jew Brutally Assaulted in Paris
 

 
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