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10:45 AM ET, March 6, 2014


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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.
Liz Wahl / RT:
RT reacts to anchor Liz Wahl quitting on air  —  During a live broadcast on Wednesday, RT America presenter Liz Wahl announced she was stepping down, citing her disagreements with the network's editorial policy.  RT issued a statement following her resignation.
The Daily Beast:
Video: RT Anchor Quits On Air  —  An American anchor working for state-owned television station Russia Today quit on air on Wednesday.  Liz Wahl, in the network's D.C. bureau, announced she could no longer be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.
Karl Taro Greenfeld / Businessweek:
The Next Ailes: Newsmax's Chris Ruddy Preps TV Rival to Fox News  —  Christopher Ruddy, 49, the chief executive officer and founder of conservative media company Newsmax Media, is giving a tour of his neighborhood in an Acura driven by his chauffeur, Hector.  The car heads south on I-95 from West Palm Beach to Boca Raton.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Newsmax CEO Wants To Combat Fox News With Conservative Cable Channel  —  Fox's monopoly on conservative cable news may soon come to an end.  —  A Bloomberg Businessweek profile published Thursday revealed founder and CEO Christopher Ruddy's plans to expand beyond …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
New Democratic Strategy Goes After Koch Brothers  —  WASHINGTON — Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who are perhaps the best-known patrons of conservative Republican politics, are bespectacled and in their 70s.  They look genial enough.
Harry Reid has no apologies  —  Republicans think Harry Reid is running the Senate like a dictator: His no-compromise style is almost like Vladimir Putin's, and his inflammatory rhetoric is reminiscent of the Joe McCarthy era.  —  But Reid doesn't seem to care.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Hillary walks back Putin-Hitler comparison  —  Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pulled back from comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine to those of Hitler.  —  She said comments made the night before at a private event were meant only to bring “a little historical perspective” …
James Hohmann / Politico:
A viewer's guide to CPAC 2014  —  As many as 11,000 conservatives will make the pilgrimage to National Harbor, Md., starting Thursday for the cattle call of likely 2016 contenders known as CPAC.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie failed to even score an invite last year …
Discussion: CNN
Republican Rand Paul: There ‘should be a struggle to make the party better’
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
CPAC to test 26 candidates for president with straw poll
David Nather / Politico:
And the GOP economic plan is ... ?  —  It's the sixth year of Barack Obama's presidency, the job market is still sluggish, most Americans say they're unhappy with the economy, and Obama's approval ratings are down.  —  So what's the Republican plan to turn it around?
Discussion: The Plum Line and Hot Air
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Darrell Issa silences Democrats and hits a new low  —  Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee leading numerous investigations of the Obama administration, found a new way to silence Democratic critics who question his actions: He shut off the microphones.
Randa Jarrar / Salon:
Why I can't stand white belly dancers  —  Whether they know it or not, white women who practice belly dance are engaging in appropriation  —  Google the term “belly dance” and the first images the search engine offers are of white women in flowing, diaphanous skirts, playing at brownness.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Banter
William Voegeli / National Review:
Bait-and-Switch Liberalism  —  Obamacare and the politics of deception  —  In June 2009, as health-care reform was being debated vigorously across the country, President Obama told the American Medical Association's convention that, whatever the provisions of the health-care bill he would sign …
Discussion: Power Line
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Some Policies Get More Time in Health Shift
Wesley Lowery / Post Politics:
Senate rejects Obama appointment of Debo Adegbile to top civil rights post  —  Opponents of President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division prevailed in blocking his confirmation Wednesday, as he failed to clear a procedural hurdle.
Meet The 7 Democrats Who Just Voted Down A Civil Rights Nominee For Supporting Civil Rights
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
SAT to drop essay requirement and return to top score of 1600 in redesign of admission test  —  The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended …
Discussion: Eduwonk and Wonkblog
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
A New SAT Aims to Realign With Schoolwork
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.
Andrea Grimes / RH Reality Check:
BREAKING: Two Texas Reproductive Health Clinics Close, a Harbinger of a Coming Access Crisis  —  Two more reproductive health clinics—one an abortion provider—in underserved areas of Texas closed their doors this week, as the effects of the omnibus anti-abortion access bill passed last summer …
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House  —  “Our founders put the first amendment first for a reason.  It protects all Americans' right to free speech, regardless of political affiliation or views.”  This statement was made by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) in 2007 …
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Center for American Progress:
The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
Harry Siegel / NY Daily News:
Spike Lee and other sentimental segregationists
Art Swift / Gallup:
Secretary of State Kerry's Favorability Rising in the U.S.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Politico
New York Times:
Cuomo Burnishes His Political Brand, Using de Blasio as His Foil
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Poor and Hispanic Workers Are Least Likely to Have Sick Days
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Firedoglake
Roanoke College:
RC Poll: Virginians support same-sex marriage, Warner leads Gillespie in possible Senate race
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
CBS News:
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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Fox News:
Judge rejects financial support requests by New Jersey teen suing parents
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Sen. Gallardo discloses he's gay