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11:50 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.
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 …
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.
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
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” …
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.
Politico:   Harry Reid has no apologies
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
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
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.
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
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
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 …
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Fury Erupts Over Racially-Charged Tweets After Westchester High School Basketball Game  —  MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Some high school students in Westchester County were under fire Wednesday evening, after their basketball team lost a close game.  —  As CBS 2's Don Champion reported …
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
The Numbers /
In surprising move, Corbett forestalls deep cuts in food stamps  —  In a move that surprised even his most cynical critics, Gov. Corbett on Wednesday night forestalled an estimated $3 billion in cuts to food stamps in the state over the next 10 years.  —  By doing so, Corbett became …
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Wendy Davis: I'm happy to be seen with Obama  —  Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said Thursday that she would not shy away from being seen with President Barack Obama when he visits the Lone Star State next month.  —  The Democratic state senator's comments came two days …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Rasmussen Reports
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why most conservatives are secretly liberals
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
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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
CBS News:
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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