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10:15 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 …
Ari Berman /
Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights
Discussion: The Plum Line, PoliticusUSA and The Fix
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats help block Obama's DOJ pick
Discussion: CNN and The Heritage Foundation
New York Times:
Democrats in Senate Reject Pick by Obama
Discussion: The Plum Line and Bloomberg View
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: RT Anchor Liz Wahl Explains Why She Quit  —  Liz Wahl wasn't just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network's handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview.  RT's coverage of the entire world “made me feel sick.”  —  American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin's enemies list.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Russia Today Anchor Resigns Live On Air  —  “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin.”  —  —  WASHINGTON — Russia Today America anchor Liz Wahl resigned Wednesday live on air, saying she could no longer work …
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Darrell Issa Holds Absurd IRS Hearing In Which He Is The Only One Allowed To Speak  —  WASHINGTON — A congressional hearing into the furor over political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service descended into political theater of the absurd Wednesday, as the former IRS official at the heart …
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
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 Pratt / WBUR:
‘Upskirt’ Photos Not Illegal, Mass. High Court Rules  —  BOSTON — A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Althouse
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 …
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 …
CBS News:
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize  —  Shares -  —  OSLO — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize — but the conflict in Ukraine is also likely to be on the Nobel committee's agenda.  —  A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Welcome to Paradise  —  When Germany legalised prostitution in 2002 it triggered an apparently unstoppable growth in the country's sex industry.  It's now worth 15 billion euros a year and embraces everything from 12-storey mega-brothels to outdoor sex boxes.  Nisha Lilia Diu visits some of them to find out who won and who lost
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork  —  Saying its college admission exams do not focus enough on the important academic skills, the College Board announced on Wednesday a fundamental rethinking of the SAT, ending the longstanding penalty for guessing wrong, cutting obscure vocabulary words and making the essay optional.
Discussion: News Desk, Bloomberg View, CNN and The Verge
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Some Policies Get More Time in Health Shift  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, grappling with continued political fallout over its health care law, said Wednesday that it would allow consumers to renew health insurance policies that did not comply with the new law for two more years …
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
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Francis: the Pope is “a normal person”, not Superman  —  In an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis says he is a normal person, not superman, and speaks about the family, child abuse, foreign trips, relations with the Orthodox, China, and how he governs the Church
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Discussion: RedState, OnPolitics, CNN and Post Politics
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Peter Weber / The Week:
Watch The Daily Show ask Fox News why the poor shouldn't eat seafood
Discussion: The Raw Story
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Refusing to Photograph a Gay Wedding Isn't Hateful
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Letter From Ray Jasper, Who Is About to Be Executed
Discussion: Black Youth Project
Washington Post:
Support for same-sex marriage hits new high; half say Constitution guarantees right