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2:10 PM ET, March 6, 2014


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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Christie To Harry Reid: ‘Stop Picking On Great Americans’ Charles And David Koch  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a message for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): leave Charles and David Koch alone!  —  Reid has escalated his tirade against the billionaire Koch brothers …
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.
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.
Mark Mardell / BBC:
Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia  —  Regional First Deputy PM Rustam Temirgaliev tells the BBC's John Simpson: “Crimea now is Russia”  —  MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation.
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine crisis ends
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House panel moves toward Russian sanctions
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain Least Popular Senator in Country  —PPP's newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country.  Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove.
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:
A viewer's guide to CPAC 2014
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McConnell gets lukewarm CPAC reception  —  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a lukewarm reception from conservatives gathered for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, despite delivering a speech full of conservative red meat.  —  The Senate minority leader's …
James Hohmann / Politico:   CPAC 2014: Mitch McConnell: Obama bad for ‘little guy’
Politico:   Harry Reid has no apologies
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
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.
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.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Harkin: DOJ Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White  —  Debo Adegbile U.S. Senate Justice Department Mumia Abu Jamal Tom Harkin Tom Harkin Racial Department of Justice Justice Department Doj Civil Rights Division Chief Justice John Roberts Mass Murderer Politics News
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Cop-killer case sinks Obama Justice nominee
Wesley Lowery / Post Politics:
Senate rejects Obama appointment of Debo Adegbile to top civil rights post
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner: Issa Was ‘Within His Rights’ To Cut Off Democrat's Mic  —  House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) was “within his rights” to cut off the microphone of Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the committee, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Thursday.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Darrell Issa silences Democrats and hits a new low
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
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
Patrick Poole / PJ Media:
(EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate … While IRS officials were targeting Tea Party groups for special scrutiny of their 501(c)3 tax exempt applications, the IRS also hired a policeman who had been prosecuted by the Justice Department — and convicted in federal court …
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Military's top general offers grim outlook on nation's defense  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top military commander painted a dark picture Tuesday of future U.S. defense capabilities clouded by shrinking Pentagon budgets and adversaries' technological advances that he said would erode American battlefield superiority.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and CANNONFIRE
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use  —  Getty Images is betting their business on embeddable photos  —  If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked.  There's more than a hundred years of photography here …
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Brandy Zadrozny / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Pentagon's $59 Billion ‘Black Budget’
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's vacation plans in jeopardy
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Former IRS Official Lerner Gave Interview to DOJ
Christopher Evans / Boston Herald:
Herald Radio  —  N.H. voters sour on Scott Brown, new Suffolk-Herald poll shows
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Wendy Davis not shy to be seen with Obama
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Rasmussen Reports
The Numbers /
In surprising move, Corbett forestalls deep cuts in food stamps
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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
David Nather / Politico:
And the GOP economic plan is ... ?
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's Time to Increase the Size of the House
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Cuomo Burnishes His Political Brand, Using de Blasio as His Foil
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Hillary walks back Putin-Hitler comparison
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Poor and Hispanic Workers Are Least Likely to Have Sick Days
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Firedoglake