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David Firestone / New York Times:
The Line to Kiss Sheldon Adelson's Boots  —  It's hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathsome than the parade of Republican presidential candidates who spent the last few days bowing and scraping before the mighty bank account of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Christie weighs in on top Republicans, defends post-Sandy Obama praise
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says  —  A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods …
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CBS News:   Senate panel says torture didn't help U.S. in hunt for Osama bin Laden: AP
Politico:
Obamacare and jobs: CBO adds fuel to fire  —  The Republicans just got a big gift from the Congressional Budget Office: It's going to be a lot easier for them to call Obamacare a “job killer.”  —  That's because the budget office's new economic report, released Tuesday …
Discussion: PJ Media
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Douglas Graham / Roll Call:
Cantor Says GOP Finishing Work on Obamacare Alternative, Details Agenda
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Making up good news about Obamacare  —  The Obama administration is celebrating that it has achieved its (downwardly revised) goal of signing up more than 6 million Americans for Obamacare by 11:59 p.m. March 31.  Mission accomplished!  —  Not quite.  The administration has not revealed …
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Avik Roy / Forbes:
RAND: Only One-Third Of Obamacare Exchange Sign-Ups Were From The Previously Uninsured
New York Times:
U.S. Is Weighing Release of a Spy for the Israelis  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than a quarter of a century ago, American officials said Monday, as it struggles to avert a collapse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Discussion: Guardian
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Associated Press:
U.S. talks with Israel on release of spy Jonathan Pollard
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Aide: Obama still has ‘faith’ in Secret Service  —  President Obama continues to have “faith” in the Secret Service and confidence in its director, a spokesman said after agents accused of drinking to excess were sent home from the president's trip to Europe.
John McConnico / Fox News:
National Science Foundation funded climate change musical to tune of $700,000  —  Call it Climate Change: The Musical!  —  The National Science Foundation has spent nearly $700,000 on a climate change-themed theatrical production, leaving some in Congress questioning if the organization's grant funds could be put to better use.
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The Fix:
Democrats' support for Obamacare surges  —  Democrats are rallying back behind the 2010 health-care law and boosting President Obama's ratings for handling the law's rollout, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  —  But most Republicans and independents remain stubbornly opposed …
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Senator Says Caterpillar Avoided Billions in Taxes  —  Manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. has used an aggressive tax strategy to shift profits overseas in order to avoid paying billions in U.S. taxes, according to a new investigative report by a key Senate Democrat.
Discussion: Politico
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Says Jews Are Too Busy Polishing Diamonds To Fix Their Cars  —  Conservative activist Daniel Lapin, the Religious Right's favorite rabbi who was also tied to the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal, appeared today on the 700 Club to tell host Pat Robertson about his new book on the “ancient Jewish wisdom” of “making money.”
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Sebelius Speechless After Reporter Tells Her How Unpopular Obamacare Is  —  An Oklahoma reporter told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how unpopular Obamacare is, rendering the cabinet secretary speechless:  —  “At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren't buying …
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Dynasty Isn't Just for Monarchies Anymore  —  A Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 would hardly be unusual.  American politics is more of a family affair than you think.  —  Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush may not agree on much, but they surely recognize they need each other in 2016.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Conservatives to women: Lean back  —  The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees.  —  The advocacy group held a gathering of women of the right Monday afternoon to mark …
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Arizona GOP gives private prison company $1 million to house inmates who don't exist  —  Lobbyists for the private prison company GEO Group convinced lawmakers to include almost $1 million extra in funding despite the fact that the Arizona Department of Corrections claimed the money wasn't needed.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Arizona Republic:   Arizona private prisons may get extra $1 million
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Despite IPCC doom report, this dataset of datasets shows no warming this millennium  —  HadCRUT4, the last of the five monthly global datasets to report its February value, shows the same sharp drop in global temperature over the month as the other datasets.
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
British sniper in Afghanistan kills six Taliban with one bullet  —  Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards hit trigger switch of suicide bomber whose device then exploded, Telegraph learns  —  A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
HealthCare.gov Glitch Prevents Users From Creating New Accounts  —  Second Glitch Hits Health-Care Site Around 12 p.m. EDT  —  Two separate software glitches took HealthCare.gov offline on Monday as the site struggled to stay open during this year's final day of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.
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canada.com:
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Alexander Smith / NBC News:
Finland Frets as Russia Launches Military Drills on Its Doorstep
Discussion: Mashable and Liberaland
Ben Gitis / Research:
How Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment and Reduced Job Creation in 2013
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
‘Imperial Presidency’ Becomes Republicans' Rallying Slogan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marlena Baldacci / CNN:
Mississippi death row inmate Michelle Byrom to get new trial
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
Politico:
Dave Camp won't seek reelection
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Will Release His New Budget On Tuesday
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Guardian:
Ukraine's Darth Vader bids to lead nation to the dark side
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ginni Thomas / The Daily Caller:
Lila Rose became an activist against abortion at 15 years of age …
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Bloomberg:
Yellen Says Slack in Job Market Shows Need for Support
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