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9:50 AM ET, March 7, 2014


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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.
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.
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
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
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
John Nichols /
Bernie Sanders: ‘I Am Prepared to Run for President of the United States’  —  Bernie Sanders says he is “prepared to run for president of the United States.”  That's not a formal announcement.  A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Anchorage Daily News:
State senator says access to birth control not a problem  —  JUNEAU, ALASKA — A state senator says he doesn't think access to contraception is a problem in Alaska.  —  In a floor speech, Republican Sen. Fred Dyson said he researched the issue after a colleague suggested the number of abortions …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Judge strikes down small drones ban  —  A federal judge slapped down the FAA's fine for a drone operator, saying there was no law banning the commercial use of small drones.  —  The judge's decision could open up the skies below 400 feet to farmers, photographers and entrepreneurs …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Verge
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump Thinks Jimmy Carter Is Dead  —  The real estate mogul referenced the “late, great” Jimmy Carter at CPAC Thursday.  —  Carter's grandson, who shares his name, mocked Trump for the remark.  —  Via Twitter: @JECarter4  —  View Video ›
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Thinks Jimmy Carter Is Dead
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
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 …
Andrew Klavan / City Journal:
A New Thing on Netflix  —  House of Cards is not a conservative show—except when it is.  —  House of Cards, the Netflix series about a lethally unscrupulous Washington politician, is a wonderful show, but it does sometimes stretch the limits of credulity.
First Look: Game Passed Around Alamance Sheriff's Office  —  Within hundreds of pages of evidence form the the US Justice Department's suit are pictures of a video game.  —  CONNECT  —  BURLINGTON, N.C. - Within hundreds of pages of evidence from the the U-S Justice Department's suit …
Sara Malm / Daily Mail:
Left as a warning to others, suspected ‘U.S. spy’ killed by al-Qaeda militants is chained to football goalposts after being shot dead  —  Al Qaeda militants have executed a Yemeni man accused of being an infiltrator and tied him to a football goal as a ‘warning’ to others, security officials say.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Gateway Pundit
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Marco Rubio Fires Up CPAC with Speech Defining America's Post-Obama Foreign Policy  —  On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference attendees with a fiery speech focused on redefining America's approach to foreign affairs.
Discussion: The New Republic and Hot Air
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The wages of weakness  —  Vladimir Putin is a lucky man.
Discussion: Post Politics and The Monkey Cage
Walter Russell Mead:
Russia Blows Past Obama's “Off Ramp”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Forbes
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg View:
A Bigger Congress Would Just Make More Noise
Discussion: The Dish and Sabato's Crystal Ball
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
On February Jobs Data, It's Anybody's Guess
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Ideologue vs. the Children
Discussion: Betsy's Page and National Review
Feds try to contact former top Christie aide, family
Discussion: Politico
Michigan Senate election 2014: Gary Peters gets new campaign chief
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Joshschwartzkopf / CBS St. Louis:
Teachers Become Targets in Active Shooter Drills
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
CPAC 2014: Chris Christie jabs Barack Obama, media
Discussion: CNN and Eschaton
David Weigel / Slate:
CPAC2014: Ted Cruz and the Nightmare of Iranian EMP Attacks
Kirsten Gillibrand's sexual assault bill derailed
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and CNN
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Free School Lunch Means Poor Parents Don't Care About Kids
Stars & Stripes:
Army's top sex assault prosecutor suspended after assault allegation
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain Least Popular Senator in Country
Henry A. Kissinger / Washington Post:
How the Ukraine crisis ends