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12:20 PM ET, March 7, 2014


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New York Times:
Keeping Your Insurance Policy  —  The Obama administration announced a new policy on Wednesday that will allow many people to renew their existing insurance policies for two more years even though the policies don't provide the comprehensive coverage and consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: ObamaCare not reaching uninsured  —  ObamaCare isn't achieving its primary goal of extending coverage to the uninsured, according to a new study.  —  The survey released Thursday by the McKinsey & Co. consulting firm found that only 27 percent of people who have selected a plan …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
New health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, two surveys find  —  The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway in signing up Americans who lack insurance, the Affordable Care Act's central goal, according to a pair of new surveys.
Sam Baker /
HHS Doesn't Know How Many Uninsured Are Signing Up for Obamacare
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Number of Americans Saying ACA Has Hurt Them Inches Up
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hit & Run
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rick Perry brings CPAC crowd to its feet  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered one of the best-received speeches so far at the Conservative Political Action Conference, bringing the audience to its feet and eliciting loud cheers Friday morning as he outlined …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Mike Huckabee / CNN:
Perry: ‘Time for a little rebellion’
Discussion: Politico
Pew Research Center's Social & …:
Millennials in Adulthood  —  Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends  —  Overview  —  The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood.  Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The wages of weakness  —  Vladimir Putin is a lucky man.  And he's got three more years of luck to come.  —  He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it's not in Russia's interest, not even strategically clever.  Indeed, it's a sign of weakness.  —  Really?  Crimea belonged to Moscow for 200 years.
Discussion: Post Politics and The Monkey Cage
Yahoo! News:
Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates
Walter Russell Mead:
Russia Blows Past Obama's “Off Ramp”
Juan Williams / Fox News:
Rutgers rage against Rice — why do liberals have so much hate for black conservatives?  —  Have you heard the news?  —  Condoleezza Rice lacks “moral authority.”  She fails to meet the standards of “exemplary citizenship” and she does not have what it takes to “inspire” graduating college seniors.
Discussion: Hot Air
Issa apologizes, skirts censure  —  Vista rep says he has personally apologized for cutting off Rep. Elijah Cummings during hearing  —  A chastened Rep. Darrell Issa says he has apologized to a fellow senior lawmaker for abruptly cutting off his microphone during a hearing Wednesday …
Mary Grace Lucas / CNN:
Issa tries to ‘clear the air’ with Rep. Cummings
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama drives ahead with domestic agenda - and vacation - amid Ukraine crisis  —  Miami (CNN) - The standoff between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin isn't preventing the U.S. leader from pressing forward with the ambitious domestic agenda he laid out in January's State of the Union address.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Ukraine Throws Wrench Into Obama Vacation Plan
Discussion: Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
President Obama, Vladimir Putin speak on Ukraine crisis
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hammock Fallacy  —  Hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.  So when you see something like the current scramble by Republicans to declare their deep concern for America's poor, it's a good sign, indicating a positive change in social norms.  Goodbye, sneering at the 47 percent; hello, fake compassion.
Discussion: Guardian, The Plum Line and Daily Kos
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
FBI probing alleged removal of documents from CIA by Senate staffers  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating the alleged unauthorized removal of classified documents from a secret CIA facility by Senate Intelligence Committee staff who prepared a study of the agency's use …
Discussion: emptywheel and The Raw Story
Massimo Calabresi / TIME:
Justice Considers Probe of Senate Staffers in Dispute Over Torture Report
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Dish
Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
America's “First Blogger” Charlie Peters Hands Over the Reins of his Tilting at Windmills Column  —  If you have been perusing the new issue of the Washington Monthly—and if you haven't you should because it's full of great reads, like this and this and this and this and this—you may have noticed an important change.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Greg's Opinion
MJ Lee / Politico:
Jobs report better than expected  —  A better-than-expected jobs report released on Friday eased some concerns that the economic recovery is stalling, and helped spur optimism that labor conditions could pick back up once the weather improves.  —  The Labor Department reported …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats filibuster an Obama nominee.  —  Yesterday marked a first for President Obama, as one of his nominees was deprived of Senate confirmation by a Democratic filibuster.  The 47-52 procedural vote that blocked the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for civil rights …
Discussion: and National Review
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Missing: GOP Contender in N.H. Senate Race  —  Before New Hampshire voters begin relishing their role as early vetters of 2016 presidential candidates, they may be hosting a marquee Senate race in 2014.  But for now, that political show is missing a leading man.
Discussion: OnPolitics
Washington Post:
New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans  —  Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Discussion: Politico and
Haimy Assefa / CNN:
Massachusetts Legislature passes ‘upskirting’ ban  —  (CNN) — Massachusetts lawmakers Thursday passed a bill banning “upskirting” in response to a ruling by the state's highest court that said a law aimed at criminalizing voyeurism did not apply to the snapping of secret photos up a woman's skirt.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Hot Air and The Week
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
AP EXCLUSIVE: MAN SAID TO CREATE BITCOIN DENIES IT  —  You are here  —  Home » Business » AP Exclusive: Man said to create bitcoin denies it  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery …
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Are laws limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds constitutional?
Discussion: Hit & Run
John Aziz / The Week:
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Jessicamarcus / CBS New York:
American Atheists Work To Keep WTC Cross Out Of 9/11 Museum
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
On February Jobs Data, It's Anybody's Guess
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Ideologue vs. the Children
Discussion: National Review and Betsy's Page
Sara Malm / Daily Mail:
Left as a warning to others, suspected ‘U.S. spy’ …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Gateway Pundit
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Marco Rubio Fires Up CPAC with Speech Defining America's Post-Obama Foreign Policy
Discussion: The New Republic and Hot Air
Feds try to contact former top Christie aide, family
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Judge strikes down small drones ban
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Verge
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Andrew Klavan / City Journal:
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