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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Rand Paul's Putin problem  —  If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs against Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for president in November 2016, and Russian strongman-for-life Vladimir Putin remains in power, Clinton could win a victory approaching a 50-state landslide, including reluctant support …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emphasized on Thursday that the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament had authorized him to use military force if necessary in eastern Ukraine, and also stressed Russia's historical claim …
Marie-Louise Gumuchian / CNN:
Pro-Russia militants attack military base  —  (CNN) — Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.  —  The unrest in the restive east …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   White House: More Russia sanctions likely
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Warren memoir offers revealing inside tales  —  WASHINGTON - Summoned to the White House in September 2010, Elizabeth Warren met President Obama in the Oval Office and he escorted her outside to a garden patio.  Obama described it to Warren as a hidden retreat.
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MJ Lee / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren: ‘I was hurt, and I was angry’  —  Elizabeth Warren “was hurt” and “angry” about attacks on her family and ancestry in the 2012 Senate race, she writes in a new book, defending at length her characterization of her background as rooted in Native American ancestry.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief calls Warren ‘prototype’ of good president  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Tuesday that “it don't get no better” than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) when it comes to possible holders of the Oval Office.  —  “In my opinion she is the prototype of a person …
Discussion: Althouse
Kolten Parker / MySanAntonio.com:
Texas 'Boats ‘N Hoes PAC’ raising controversy  —  The PAC is registered with the Texas Ethics Commission  —  SAN ANTONIO — The name of a fundraising group made waves in the tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats over women voters on Wednesday.  —  Political consulting firm employee …
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Aman Batheja / The Texas Tribune:
PAC to Shut Down After Name Draws Furor
Peter Roff / U.S. News:
The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun?  —  A suspicious email could confirm Lois Lerner's culpability in recent IRS abuses.  —  In hot water  —  The so-called “smoking gun” proving the Internal Revenue Service played politics with conservative groups seeking official non-profit …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Obama nominee warned about politicizing the census.  —  It must have seemed like a good idea at the time.  In February 2009 a new Democratic president reached across party lines and nominated a Republican senator, New Hampshire's Judd Gregg, as commerce secretary.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Scarborough blasts Krugman
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Kathleen Belew / New York Times:
Veterans and White Supremacy  —  EVANSTON, Ill. — WHEN Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of the white power movement: a groundswell that united Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other fringe elements after the Vietnam War …
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Zachary Davies Boren / Telegraph:
The US is an oligarchy, study concludes  —  Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters  —  The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
An Indecent Burial  —  Twenty-five years ago this month, with the Supreme Court's support for the right to abortion shrinking rapidly, the justices heard a case from Missouri that invited them to disavow Roe v. Wade, the precedent that 16 years earlier had given women the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Progressives are wrong about the essence of the Constitution  —  In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence.  Democracy is America's way of allocating political power.
Discussion: Power Line and Cafe Hayek
James Carville / The Hill:
Clinton vs. Bush: The real debate  —  OPINION l This past Sunday I joined a panel of distinguished pundits on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and to the surprise of no viewers we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the prospects of a presidential race between Hillary Clinton …
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
When ‘Liking’ a Brand Online Voids the Right to Sue  —  Might downloading a 50-cent coupon for Cheerios cost you legal rights?  —  General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website …
Discussion: The Week, naked capitalism and RT
Halimah Abdullah / CNN:
Landrieu faces her toughest political storm to stay in Senate  —  Editor's note: The 2014 midterm elections will come down to a battle for control of the Senate.  Should Republicans tip the balance, they'll control both chambers of Congress.  CNN is looking at some of the key Senate races that will affect the balance.
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Stephanie McNeal / Fox News:
Sen. Landrieu takes heat for reenacting Senate hearing in campaign ad
Discussion: Mediaite and Power Line
David De Jong / Bloomberg:
Koch Brothers Net Worth Tops $100 Billion as TV Warfare Escalates  —  Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who run Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc., added $1.3 billion to their collective fortune yesterday on reports that U.S. industrial production gained more than forecast.
Discussion: Breitbart Unmasked
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Newly Insured in 2014 Represent About 4% of U.S. Adults  —  Half of newly insured obtained health insurance through exchanges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Four percent of Americans are newly insured this year, reporting that they have health insurance now but did not last year.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage  —  No one should ever endure the kind of economic humiliation that comes with working a full-time job and making a less-than-living wage.  —  There is dignity in all work, but that dignity grows dim when the checks are cashed and the coins are counted and still the bills rise higher than the wages.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
CPI Director On ABC Pulitzer Feud: 'I Don't Take Well To Being Bullied' (VIDEO)  —  Center for Public Integrity Director Bill Buzenberg on Wednesday criticized ABC News for demanding credit for an investigative series that won a Pulitzer Prize this week.  —  “I will say that I don't take …
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Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph:
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Mark Steyn / Spectator:
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The Federalist:
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