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3:45 PM ET, March 27, 2014

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
For Columnist, a Change of Tone  —  A New York Times columnist has expressed substantially more negative sentiments about FiveThirtyEight since it left The New York Times, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.  —  The columnist, Paul Krugman, who writes about economics and politics for The Times …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The Nate Silver-Paul Krugman Feud Just Won't End  —  Nate Silver and his newfound rival Paul Krugman traded shots again on Wednesday in what looks increasingly like a battle for the last word.  —  Each barb had echoes of what the two wonks told TPM in recent emails.
Discussion: Noahpinion
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Krugman-Silver Sparring Match  —  Since I admire both New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and FiveThirtyEight proprietor Nate Silver (with whom I worked at the pre-Times version of the site), I'm not real jazzed about the sniping that's going on between them.
Discussion: Eschaton
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Data as Slogan, Data as Substance
San Francisco magazine:
The Indictment Against Leland Yee Puts “The Wire's” Clay Davis to Shame  —  Sheeeeeeeeeit, partner.  —  If you thought the charges against Leland Yee would be bad, you had no idea.  As in, he offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 million in cash.  As in, he has ties to a gangster named Shrimp Boy.
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Doug Powers / Twitchy:
Hypocrisy overload: Tweets from gun control advocate Leland Yee, charged with arms trafficking
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Official Said He Told Christie of Lane Closings, Bridge Scandal Report Says  —  The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said that he had informed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Messy office dynamics in Bridgegate
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Rothberg / Los Angeles Times:
Reid will refund campaign for purchases from granddaughter's business  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to reimburse his campaign more than $16,000 for purchasing holiday gifts from his granddaughter's jewelry business.  —  The Federal Election Commission …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Individual Mandate Goes Poof  —  The latest delays show that the supposed centerpiece of ObamaCare won't cause the uninsured to buy coverage.  —  One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed.  When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31 …
Discussion: Politico, AEIdeas and Betsy's Page
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Baghdad Bob of Health Insurance
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media's Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief  —  Well, now we know why the Washington Post did not want to invest in Ezra Klein's “explanatory journalism” nonsense.  Turns out it is just a left-wing propaganda tool trying to spin instead of explain.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
Matt Yglesias Fails Big With Voxsplainer on the National Debt: The First Words Out of His Mouth Are Flatly False
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Oversight Dems To Issa: Drop The Charade And Let's Do Some Real Work  —  All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are calling on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to cease his “partisan investigation” into the deadly September 2012 attack in Benghazi …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
IRS commissioner: 'It's going to take years' to produce documents about Tea Party targeting
Discussion: Power Line
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Judge Tells Women Lawyers Not To Dress Like ‘An Ignorant Slut’  —  Judge Richard Kopf, a George H.W. Bush appointee to a federal court in Nebraska, offered some strange advice to women litigators in a piece posted to his personal blog on Tuesday: don't wear clothing that would cause …
Emily E. Smith / Oregonian:
Jessica Dutro murder trial: Motive for Tigard killing was 4-year-old's perceived homosexuality, prosecutors say  —  Jessica Dutro believed her 4-year-old son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess was gay, prosecutors told the court Wednesday, and that was her motive for subjecting him to deadly beatings.
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Putting Their Eggs in the Wrong Midterm Basket  —  Why Democrats' increased reliance on young voters may lead them to struggle in midterm elections in the near future  —  Barring significant changes in group voting habits, many commentators have argued that “The Coalition of the Ascendant” …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Abruptly Passes Medicare Pay Fix By Voice Vote  —  The Republican-led House abruptly and unexpectedly passed a Medicare physician payment fix Thursday by an unrecorded voice vote, amid questions about whether the bill had the votes to clear the chamber.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
Economist Tyler Cowen Pepper Sprayed While Teaching Class at George Mason University  —  Economist, author, and George Mason University (GMU) professor Tyler Cowen was pepper sprayed in his classroom today by a man trying to place him under citizen's arrest.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
ThinkProgress:
Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview But Doesn't Have Childcare, Ends Up In Jail  —  CREDIT: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office  —  Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless.  So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Zack O'Malley Greenburg / Forbes:
Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album  —  Somewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.
New York Times:
Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds  —  A new report released by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, examining the disciplinary practices of the country's 97,000 public schools, shows that excessively punitive policies are being used at every level of the public school system — even against 4-year-olds in preschool.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Disapproval of Obama climbs to new high  —  Nearly six in 10 people disapprove of President Obama's job performance in a new poll by the Associated Press, the highest rating recorded by the newswire.  —  According to the AP-GFK survey released Wednesday, 59 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance while 41 percent approve.
 
 
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Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Why Can't the Left Govern?
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: JOHN CORNYN RIPS CHUCK SCHUMER'S MEDIA ‘SHIELD LAW’
Discussion: Politico and Shot in the Dark
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Western governments see continuing Russian buildup on Ukraine border
Discussion: Hit & Run, Taylor Marsh and Politico
James Oliphant / The Atlantic Online:
Conservatives Are Taking the Gun Fight to Knives
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime: Evidence from State Panel Data, 1990-2006
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
Jonathan Zimmerman / Los Angeles Times:
Good for the Bushes and the Clintons, but not good for America
The Nation:
Remembering Jonathan Schell: 1943-2014
Discussion: The Agonist
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid
Hartford Courant:
Minimum Wage Boost Wins Senate And House Approval
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gothamist
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Charlotte mayor accused of bribery, extortion
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service incident in Netherlands was on heels of car wreck during Obama's Miami trip
Discussion: Riptide 2.0
epa.gov:
Waters of the United States
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Despite ‘wake-up call’ in Ukraine, Europe reluctant to bolster its militaries
Discussion: Hot Air