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3:00 AM ET, March 31, 2014

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Jack Moore / International Business Times:
Vladimir Putin ‘Wants to Regain Finland’ Says Close Adviser  —  One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest ex-advisers has claimed that the ex-KGB agent ultimately wants to reclaim Finland for Russia.  —  Andrej Illiaronov, Putin's economic adviser between 2000 and 2005 and now senior member …
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CNN:
Kerry: Russia supports finding a diplomatic solution to crisis in Ukraine  —  (CNN) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday after four hours of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russia had reaffirmed its commitment to finding a diplomatic solution in Ukraine …
Discussion: Liberaland
Matthew Lee / ABC News:
Kerry Set to See Russian FM on Ukraine
Discussion: CNN
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Chris Christie apologizes for ‘occupied territories’ remark  —  LAS VEGAS - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a Saturday afternoon meeting with Sheldon Adelson apologized for stepping on a fault line in fraught Middle East politics during a speech he gave earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Christie Life Primer
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Seeking Political Revival, Christie Joins '16 Contenders at G.O.P. Forum
Discussion: Politico
Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
Judge: Probation for du Pont heir in daughter rape because ‘he would not fare well’ in prison  —  A Superior Court judge who sentenced an heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter wrote in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and suggested …
New York Times:
Blind to the System's Ingenuity and Ability to Reinvent  —  I have long thought that Marx's fixation on the labor theory of value made his technical economic analyses of little worth.  Marx was dead certain for ontological reasons that exchange-value was created by human socially-necessary labor …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience  —  HURON, Calif. — When Chuck Herrin, who runs a large farm labor contracting company, looks out at the hundreds of workers he hires each year to tend to the countless rows of asparagus, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and plums, he often seethes in frustration.
Discussion: Steve Sailer and Power Line
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Chelsea Handler to End E! Show, Manager Says (Exclusive)  —  “We have at least seven suitors,” manager Irving Azoff tells THR, adding that plans could include a radio presence and a show on another network or digital service.  —  Chelsea Handler  —  Chelsea Handler plans to leave the E! …
New York Times:
New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States  —  CINCINNATI — Pivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.
CNN:
Little time left to turn down the world's heat, U.N. says  —  10th most at risk: Ethiopia  —  (CNN) — Your forecast for the next century: Hotter, drier and hungrier, and the chance to turn down the thermostat is slipping away.  —  That's the latest conclusion from the United Nations …
Discussion: Liberaland
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Nearly twice as many whites as blacks favor the death penalty.  There is a simple, and disturbing, reason why.  —  We hear a lot about the racial disparity in death penalty sentencing, namely, that black Americans are dramatically overrepresented on death row.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Rogers to target ‘celebrity politicians’  —  House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday that his new radio gig will give him the chance to stand up to “celebrity politicians” with dangerous ideas on national security.  —  Rogers, who announced he would not seek reelection on Friday …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Liberaland
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
A Mudslide, Foretold  —  DON'T tell me, please, that nobody saw one of the deadliest landslides in American history coming.  Say a prayer or send a donation for a community buried under a mountain of mud along a great river in Washington State, the Stillaguamish.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Daily Kos
 
 
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Chickens come home to roost for Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Abul Taher / Daily Mail:
Fury as fanatic who trained 7/7 bomber sets up Islamic PRIMARY SCHOOL in Britain
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Jerusalem Post:
US: No Palestinian prisoner release is violation of terms of talks
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Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
WATCH: SNL's Obama Makes Out with Justin Bieber to Push Healthcare.gov
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Charles Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Consider marrying young.  Be wary of grand passions. …
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