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7:15 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ari Berman /
Willie Horton Politics: Senate Votes Against Civil Rights
New York Times:
Democrats in Senate Reject Pick by Obama
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Plum Line
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” …
US Department of State:
President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine  —  Fact Sheet  —  Office of the Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton: I'm Not Comparing Putin To Hitler, I'm Just Saying He's Acting Like Hitler
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Darrell Issa Holds Absurd IRS Hearing In Which He Is The Only One Allowed To Speak
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberaland
David French / National Review:
The IRS: The Government's Most Pathetic Agency
Discussion: Fox News and Scared Monkeys
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Some Policies Get More Time in Health Shift
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
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 …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Poor and Hispanic Workers Are Least Likely to Have Sick Days  —  New York City last week mandated that companies with five or more employees offer at least five paid sick days to their workers, becoming one of only a handful of cities to establish paid sick leave.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Republican Rand Paul: There ‘should be a struggle to make the party better’  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul delivered a fervent plea Wednesday to expand the Republican Party and make the GOP more compassionate toward those “who aren't treated fairly by the criminal justice system,” …
Discussion: Politico and The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: 24Ahead
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.
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Sen. Gallardo discloses he's gay
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Refusing to Photograph a Gay Wedding Isn't Hateful