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12:45 PM ET, March 24, 2014

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CNN:
Flight 370 passenger's relative: ‘All lives are lost’  —  (CNN) — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis of satellite data by a British satellite company and accident investigators, and apparently ending hopes that anyone survived.
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Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
MH370: Australian plane detects new objects - live updates  —  Sort by:  —  10.06am GMT  —  Here's the full-text of Hishammuddin's opening statement to today's breifing: … Updated at 10.06am GMT  —  9.59am GMT  —  Malaysia's daily press briefing has come to an end.
Discussion: The Week
Simon Parry / Daily Mail:
Police hunt mystery woman who made final phone call to doomed jet captain as first picture emerges …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wealth Over Work  —  It seems safe to say that “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade.  Mr. Piketty, arguably the world's leading expert on income and wealth inequality …
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
Taxpayers fund creationism in the classroom  —  Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs …
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals  —  The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants  —  The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Inquiry Is Said to Clear Christie, but That's His Lawyers' Verdict  —  With his office suddenly engulfed in scandal over lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey two months ago summoned a pair of top defense lawyers from an elite law firm to the State House …
Karen Heller / Philly.com:
The gifts that keep on giving  —  The failed, shuttered, and yet much-debated attorney general's sting against Democratic elected officials is like a poor man's American Hustle, something David O. Russell wouldn't touch with a bad comb-over.  —  It seems so terribly Pennsylvanian.
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John Fund / National Review:
Philly DA Blows the Whistle on Pennsylvania's State AG
Discussion: Philly.com and Power Line
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats to Nate Silver: You're Wrong  —  Guy Cecil says the famed statistician was wrong in 2012 and will be wrong again in 2014 with his prediction of a GOP Senate takeover.  —  NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Nate Silver attends the 16th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 21, 2012 in New York City.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Russia will ‘pay a price’  —  President Obama vowed Russia would “pay a price” for its annexation of Crimea as he kicked off a week of talks with European leaders focused largely on the crisis in Ukraine.  —  “Europe and America are united in our support of the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian people,” Obama said.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:   Obama in Europe: Unity on Ukraine
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Washington is headed for disaster: Column  —  New novel spotlights the weakness of our country in the face of crisis.  —  I've just finished reading Bill Quick's new disaster novel, Lightning Fall, and it's got me thinking about national disasters, and what to do about them.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Evie Salomon / CBS News:
New research points to Nixon in My Lai cover-up attempt  —  One of the most shameful chapters in American military history, the 1968 massacre of unarmed Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops, just got worse  —  This past week marked the 46th anniversary of the My Lai massacre …
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and Liberaland
Peter Baker / New York Times:
3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton found him to be cold and worrisome, but predicted he would be a tough and able leader.  George W. Bush wanted to make him a friend and partner in the war on terror, but grew disillusioned over time.
Discussion: The Week
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - STUDY: OBAMA MOST WELL-TRAVELED, EXPENSIVE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY THROUGH FIVE YEARS  —  President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling abroad than other U.S. president in history at this point in their presidencies, according to a forthcoming study from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation …
ThinkProgress:
American Workers Give Female Executives Poor Ratings As Bosses  —  In its annual report of the Highest Rated CEOs of 2014, based on employee feedback gathered during the last year, just two women appear on Glassdoor's list, and they don't break into the top 30.  The top 10 are all white men.
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
When the Scientist Is Also a Philosopher  —  Do you want to know a dirty little secret of economists who give policy advice?  When we do so, we are often speaking not just as economic scientists, but also as political philosophers.  Our recommendations are based not only on our understanding …
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Latest Legal Challenge  —  Can the White House simply declare that the federal government is the 51st state?  —  A defining feature of President Obama's second term is his willfulness in defying limits on executive power to suit his political goals, and no more so than with the Affordable Care Act.
 
 
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Lin-Fan Wang / Talking Points Memo:
The Danger Of Giving Science And Religion Equal Weight On Birth Control Cases
Discussion: New York Times and The Raw Story
CNN:
Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal as Russia seizes naval base
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Barrage of ads laying foundation for Brown
Discussion: ABC News
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Nilay Patel, No Longer Managing Editor of The Verge, Moves to Vox.com
Gail Collins / New York Times:
This Is What 80 Looks Like  —  ON Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.
Asma al-Sharif / Reuters:
Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death: lawyer
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The Post: Depantsed but not deloused
Discussion: KochFacts.com and Doug Ross
Martin Crutsinger / ABC News:
US Treasury Secretary Lew to Undergo Surgery
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Carter fears NSA is spying on his emails
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Liberaland
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Au Revoir, Entrepreneurs
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz / New York Times:
The Geography of Fame  —  WHERE do the most successful Americans come from?
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Deep underground, federal employees process paperwork by hand in a long-outdated, inefficient system
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