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4:50 PM ET, March 5, 2014


 Top Items: 
Meet The 7 Democrats Who Just Voted Down A Civil Rights Nominee For Supporting Civil Rights  —  Civil Rights nominee Debo Adegbile speaks before the Supreme Court  —  Debo Adegbile, who previously served as the acting head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of the nation's top civil rights attorneys.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects Obama nominee who defended cop killer  —  The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general.  —  Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama's nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats help block Obama's DOJ pick
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Rejects Obama Nominee Linked to Abu-Jamal Case
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Ranking Dem Flips Out At IRS Hearing After Issa Cuts His Mic  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had looked forward to Wednesday.  —  The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee planned to haul former IRS official Lois Lerner back before the committee.
Fox News:
Issa, Cummings clash at hearing after ex-IRS official Lerner takes 5th  —  A House hearing on the IRS targeting scandal rapidly broke down into a heated and deeply personal argument between a top Democrat and Republican, moments after former IRS official Lois Lerner once again invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
Jay Sekulow / Fox News:
Four questions Lois Lerner must answer about IRS scandal
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies at Wednesday's oversight hearing
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?  —  WASHINGTON — The CIA Inspector General's Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA's secret detention …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Employees Face New Inquiry Amid Clashes on Detention Program  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency's attempt to keep secret the details of a defunct detention and interrogation program has escalated a battle between the agency and members of Congress and led to an investigation …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims
Discussion: Hot Air, Hullabaloo, Techdirt and emptywheel
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Why Putin Doesn't Respect Us  —  Just as we've turned the coverage of politics into sports, we're doing the same with geopolitics.  There is much nonsense being written about how Vladimir Putin showed how he is “tougher” than Barack Obama and how Obama now needs to demonstrate his manhood.
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
How to Punish Putin  —  Ignore him.  He's running a regional power and isn't half as smart as Cold Warriors think.  —  Here are the real lessons of the crisis in Ukraine: Russia is not a great power, and Vladimir Putin is hardly the master grand strategist that many American Cold Warriors have been weirdly eager to believe.
Long Beach Press-Telegram:
Hillary Clinton compares Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's in Nazi Germany  —  (Photo by Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press Telegram)  —  LONG BEACH >> Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday compared recent actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Compares Russia Moves To Nazi Aggression
Washington Post:
Support for same-sex marriage hits new high; half say Constitution guarantees right  —  Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able …
Pope Francis Suggests Support For Civil Unions  —  CREDIT: Catholic Church of England and Wales  —  In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to support governments that recognize civil unions to provide non-traditional couples with access to benefits:
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
A New Magazine for Fans of the Vatican's Biggest Star
Highest Minimum-Wage State Washington Beats U.S. in Job Creation  —  When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state's minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer.  The prediction hasn't been borne out.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mark S. Mellman / The Hill:
Max support for minimum wage
Discussion: CNN and Hullabaloo
Ted Cruz congratulates John Cornyn  —  Ted Cruz left Sen. John Cornyn a voice mail late Tuesday night, congratulating him on his win over Rep. Steve Stockman in the Texas Republican Senate primary, according to the junior senator's office.  —  Cruz refused to endorse Cornyn ahead of the GOP primary …
Israel Defense Forces / IDF Blog:
IDF Intercepts Iranian Shipment of Missiles to Terrorist Organizations in Gaza  —  The IDF intercepted an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.  The operation took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Israel says seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Turn
Peter Weber / The Week:
Watch The Daily Show ask Fox News why the poor shouldn't eat seafood  —  On Tuesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart focused on Republican opposition to food stamps.  The stated reason for opposing aid to the hungry is food stamp fraud, Stewart noted, before indulging in a little bit of light debunking.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Yahoo! News:
Michele Bachmann: Jan Brewer wrong to veto Arizona's ‘anti-gay’ bill  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann is “sorry” that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill in Arizona that would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to same-sex couples because of religious objections.
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Barbara Bush cancels New York Times  —  Former first lady Barbara Bush says that The New York Times will do “anything to make news” and she has canceled her subscription.  —  During an interview that aired Wednesday on Fox, the former first lady was asked if she had seen Times columnist …
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Fox News:
ObamaCare delays show that the law isn't worth the pain
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's New Budget Is All About the Midterm Elections
Discussion: The Dish, Wonkblog, Hot Air and Instapundit
Don Feder / American Thinker:
Vladimir Putin isn't the Easter Bunny.  On the other hand, he isn't Joseph Stalin.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
In rare mailing, Romney backs Iowa's Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Politico and Roll Call
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Al Jazeera America at Six Months: Some New Advertisers, Few Viewers
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Refusing to Photograph a Gay Wedding Isn't Hateful
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed
Discussion: Black Youth Project
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Media Matters Launches ‘Mythopedia’ Fact Check Tool Ahead Of CPAC
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Kinky Friedman makes Texas runoff
Discussion: The Reaction