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12:45 PM 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.
Washington Post:
Poll finds Republicans resistant to Chris Christie presidential candidacy  —  As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
James Hohmann / Politico:
A viewer's guide to CPAC 2014
Discussion: CNN
Republican Rand Paul: There ‘should be a struggle to make the party better’
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
Roanoke College:
RC Poll: Virginians support same-sex marriage, Warner leads Gillespie in possible Senate race
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Monthly
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” …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton: I'm Not Comparing Putin To Hitler, I'm Just Saying He's Acting Like Hitler
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 …
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 and New York Times
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
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Why most conservatives are secretly liberals  —  A couple months ago, a Gallup poll recorded a small uptick in the percentage of Americans who identify as “liberal” — to 23 percent, or what Gallup, eliding the margin of error in the poll, called a “new high.”
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.
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: Hinterland Gazette and Liberaland
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.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House panel moves toward Russian sanctions  —  A key House committee on Thursday took the first step toward a broad package of sanctions hitting Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.  —  The House Foreign Affairs Committee is taking up a measure calling for a tougher crackdown on top Russian officials and state agencies.
Discussion: CNN
Christopher Evans / Boston Herald:
Herald Radio  —  N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows  —  Photo by:  —  Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has slipped in a new Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll when put up against New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.  —  By:  —  Joe Battenfeld
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
ABC News:
Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With Prayer  —  By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press And on Thursday, the Dalai Lama prayed in the U.S. Senate.  —  With dozen of lawmakers listening raptly, the Nobel laureate from Tibet opened the session with his favorite prayer and words of advice.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Cop-killer case sinks Obama Justice nominee
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Wendy Davis not shy to be seen with Obama
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Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
SAT to drop essay requirement and return to top score of 1600 in redesign of admission test
Discussion: Bloomberg View, Eduwonk and Wonkblog
Center for American Progress:
The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures
Discussion: ACS Blog, The Week and ThinkProgress
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Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House
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
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Poor and Hispanic Workers Are Least Likely to Have Sick Days
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Firedoglake