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6:30 PM ET, March 5, 2014


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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
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
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
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
27 Democrats support House GOP measure to delay ObamaCare penalty  —  Twenty-seven Democrats on Wednesday sided with House Republicans on a bill to delay tax penalties for failing to buy health insurance this year under ObamaCare.  —  The vote, which reflects growing Republican frustration …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Fox News:   ObamaCare delays show that the law isn't worth the pain
Natalie DiBlasio / USA Today:
Facebook cracks down on gun posts, sales  —  Facebook is cracking down on gun-related posts.  —  The social media giant is blocking minors from seeing postings of gun sales and will take down sales that don't require a background check or cross state lines.
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:
Discussion: Liberal Values and Eschaton
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Francis: the Pope is “a normal person”, not Superman
Discussion: Advocate
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
A New Magazine for Fans of the Vatican's Biggest Star
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Extends Renewal Period for Noncompliant Insurance Policies  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would allow consumers to renew health insurance policies that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act for two more years.  —  The action helps Democrats …
Discussion: Roll Call and Josh Blackman's Blog
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Americans will be able to keep old insurance plans longer under rewrite of health-care rules
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Sen. Gallardo discloses he's gay  —  FONT:  —  State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, disclosed he is gay at a news conference Wednesday morning, saying the furor over Senate Bill 1062 prompted his decision to go public.  —  “Two weeks ago was a difference, Feb. 19 was an actual game changer …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Fox News:
Judge rejects financial support requests by New Jersey teen suing parents  —  A New Jersey honor student suing her parents in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit had her motions for financial support, including high school tuition payment, denied Tuesday by a judge who said it would set …
Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked call on Kiev snipers  —  Estonian foreign ministry has confirmed the recording of his conversation with EU foreign policy chief is authentic.  Urmas Paet said that snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were hired by Maidan leaders.
Discussion: Mediaite and BuzzFeed
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's New Budget Is All About the Midterm Elections
Discussion: The Dish, Wonkblog, Hot Air and Instapundit
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
In rare mailing, Romney backs Iowa's Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Roll Call and Politico
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Al Jazeera America at Six Months: Some New Advertisers, Few Viewers
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Weber / The Week:
Watch The Daily Show ask Fox News why the poor shouldn't eat seafood
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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
Long Beach Press-Telegram:
Hillary Clinton compares Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's in Nazi Germany