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2:20 PM ET, March 25, 2014

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.'s Bulk Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House plan would end NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone data
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Donald Rumsfeld: ‘It does not take a genius’  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration's handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country.  —  “We have status of forces agreements probably …
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Rumsfeld: U.S. Ties with Karzai ‘Gone Downhill Like a Toboggan’ Under Obama
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
Helmet camera shows skydiver's remarkable jump from World Trade Center  —  WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO: The three daredevils, along with their lookout, pulled off a breathtaking jump from the Freedom Tower.  But the price they paid was surrendering to cops Monday to face charges such as burglary.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Thrillseekers Catch Base Jump From World Trade Center On Helmet Cam  —  The world never got to see any of the photos a New Jersey 16-year-old took when he spent two hours at the top of 1 World Trade Center before getting caught last week, but this insane video makes up for it.
Haley Draznin / CNN:
4 arrested for WTC jump
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily Caller
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Live Blog: Contraception Cases at Supreme Court  —  On Tuesday, Hobby Lobby, a 600-store chain based in Oklahoma City, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., an East Earl, Pa., cabinet maker, will argue for an exemption from federal regulations requiring health insurance policies …
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Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
Pathological ignorance: Sen. Boxer's Hobby Lobby strawmen ‘need Viagra to stand up’ [video]
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
James Gherardi / WSET-TV:
Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy  —  Timberlake, VA - Sports, sneakers, and short hair; it's what makes eight year old Sunnie Kahle unique.  It's also what had her removed from Timberlake Christian School.  Her grandparents pulled the plug …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP finds unwinding Obamacare vexing now that it's taken root  —  Republicans are still determined to repeal Obamacare, even though they have famously failed to unite behind an alternative.  Now, it is dawning on some in the GOP that even if they succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most
Jean Merl / Los Angeles Times:
State to send voter registration cards to Obamacare applicants
Maya Rodriguez / KUSA-TV:
Act of compassion violates school dress code policy  —  Act of compassion violates school dress code policy.  9NEWS at 9 p.m. 03/24/14.  —  What started out as a kind gesture is turning into a battle over whether hair, or the lack of it, should matter in school.  —  CONNECT
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Middle School Girls Protest Sexist Dress Code: ‘Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?’  —  Earlier this month, Haven Middle School administrators notified parents that female students are no longer allowed to wear shorts, leggings, or yoga pants because those articles of clothing might be “too distracting” for their male peers.
Discussion: Slate and The Week
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Republicans losing it over new Obamacare data: Why their position is collapsing  —  Obamacare enrollment could hit 7 million before the midterms; meanwhile, GOP still has no answer for beneficiaries  —  It's a complete accident of legislative and administrative history that the fourth anniversary …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:   AFP Airs New Anti-Obamacare Ad in Michigan
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rand Paul on what Obama should tell Pope Francis  —  With President Barack Obama set to meet Pope Francis this week, Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday the president has some explaining to do.  —  “He ought to explain to the Pope why he is telling businesses in America they can't remain true …
Discussion: The Week and Hot Air
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Washington Post:
Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016  —  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Brock reflects on his Clinton evolution  —  David Brock's long journey trailing Bill and Hillary Clinton — first as a nemesis and now as an ally — is leading him to the couple's former home state of Arkansas.  —  It's there, in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
The Presidential Election Does Start Earlier Every Four Years (but Don't Blame the Media)
Discussion: American Prospect
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Risen: Obama administration is this generation's ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’  —  “It won't take me long to alienate everyone in the room,” Jeffrey Toobin told an audience in New York Friday.  “For better or worse, it has been clear there is no journalistic privilege under the First Amendment.”
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Bizarre Case Of Matt Drudge And His Obamacare ‘Liberty Tax’  —  The Treasury Department has now weighed in amid conservative media titan Matt Drudge's claims that he recently paid the Obamacare penalty he dubbed a “liberty tax.”  —  In summary, Drudge apparently volunteered to fork …
CBS News:
Poll: Most say U.S. doesn't have a responsibility in Ukraine  —  Shares -  —  Most Americans don't think the U.S. is obliged to intervene in the recent annexation by Russia of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.  A majority of 61 percent of Americans do not think the U.S. has a responsibility …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
The DSCC Can't Have It Both Ways  —  There was a lot of discussion Monday about the rebuttal by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) to FiveThirtyEight's latest Senate forecast.  That forecast identified the Republicans as more likely than not to take over the Senate.
 
 
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Guardian:
Barack Obama's first visit to Brussels to cost Belgium more than €10m
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Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senate Candidate Reminds Washington She Castrated Hogs, Will Make Them ‘Squeal’
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Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Uninsured People Don't Like or Understand Obamacare
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John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
House Democrats Criticize White House for Slowing Down Ukraine Rescue Package
Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner aide: Harry Reid ‘unhinged’
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Washington Redskins Owner Starts Foundation To Aid ‘Original Americans’
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White House expresses ‘deep disappointment’ after Saudis deny visa to ‘Post’ journalist
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Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Davis Renews Equal Pay Attack on Abbott
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Guardian:
Air pollution ‘kills 7 million people a year’
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The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi
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