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11:10 AM ET, March 8, 2014


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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The IRS's behavior taxes credulity  —  What's been said of confession — that it is good for one's soul but bad for one's reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent.  Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
Discussion: Power Line and Cafe Hayek
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
IRS caves on Lois Lerner documents, will provide Congress with ALL of her emails since tea party targeting scheme began  — Lois Lerner was hurried out of the IRS after her role was exposed in a program that targeted conservative tax-exemption applicant groups
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Last Word From Bartcop  —  Bartcop, who was one of the original (and best) liberal bloggers, died today.  —  This is the end of an era.  Bartcop, one of the original liberal bloggers, died this morning of flu, pneumonia and leukemia.  He inspired many of us, and left a legacy of hard hitting yet …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The uninsured aren't buying what the ObamaCare marketplace is selling.  —  ObamaCare is now in the sixth and final month of its extended inaugural open-enrollment period.  If you want to buy medical insurance through the exchange—a big if, we realize—you have until the end of the month to do it …
Busted in Nicaragua: ex-Rep. David Rivera's pal, Ana Alliegro, in FBI custody over campaign scheme  —  Ana Alliegro, the gal pal of former U.S. Rep. David Rivera, was arrested and informally extradited Friday from Nicaragua to Miami, where a federal grand jury charged her in a four-count indictment …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Paul electrifies conservative base  —  A presidential-sounding Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wowed the the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday afternoon, proving he still captures the imagination of the party's libertarian-leaning wing.  —  Speaking to a standing room-only crowd …
Discussion: CNN
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: A president should love liberty
Discussion: CNN
Idaho Statesman:
Otter's career in film, as it were, is a cautionary tale  —  A Western shot in Idaho in 1993 was rereleased with many sex scenes.  —  Did you hear the one about the guy who went to see a man about a horse and ended up in a soft-core porn movie?  —  It is not a joke.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
CPAC Panelist: It Is ‘A Liberal Lie’ That States Ban Gay Marriage  —  Conservative radio host Michael Medved said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that no state has ever banned gay marriage and any claim to the contrary is “a liberal lie.”
Fox News:
Obama, Biden stick to vacation schedules despite Ukraine crisis  —  The White House brushed off concerns Friday that, with the crisis in Crimea intensifying, now might not be the best time for President Obama — and his vice president — to go on vacation.  —  The travel schedules …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Party's Pot Dilemma  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Christopher Beach was trying to defend keeping marijuana illegal to a roomful of conservatives, and it was not going well.  —  When Beach insisted the drug war has not been a complete failure, laughter rippled through the crowd.
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
Woman's auto-payments hid her death for six years  —  (CNN) — For years, the payments went out of the woman's bank account.  —  Nobody batted an eyelid.  Bills were paid.  And life went on as normal in the quiet neighborhood of Pontiac, Michigan.  —  Neighbors didn't notice anything unusual.
Discussion: The Raw Story and HyperVocal
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
A story too good to check: Paul Ryan and the tale of the brown paper bag  —  “The left is making a big mistake here.  What they're offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul.  The American people want more than that.  This reminds me of a story I heard from Eloise Anderson.
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Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Glasstetter / Hatewatch:
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Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
Dan Merica / CNN:
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Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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Discussion: Guardian and Talking Points Memo
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