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12:20 PM 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
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Paul: Bill Clinton a ‘throwback to a sort of troglodyte time’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday knocked former President Clinton as a “throwback to a sort of troglodyte time,” where men took advantage of women in the workplace.  —  Speaking to The Hill prior to his appearance …
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
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
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 …
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 …
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
Terrorism not ruled out in disappearance of Malaysia Airlines jet  —  BEIJING — Malaysian officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane Saturday said they were not ruling out terrorism — or any other causes — as reports emerged that two Europeans listed …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans question Iowa's key role in presidential balloting  —  The GOP's Iowa caucus winners have fallen short of the nomination in recent years.  And the straw poll held each election cycle has been further off-base, prompting calls to scrap it.  —  Campaign workers for Rep. Michele Bachmann huddle …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
Why the Cold War isn't back  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel's private analysis that Vladimir Putin is living “in another world” struck a chord because Russia's military incursion into Crimea does feel like a blast from the Cold War past of twilight struggle, eyeball-to-eyeball brinkmanship …
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 …
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
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Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
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Erica Martinson / Politico:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Glasstetter / Hatewatch:
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Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton ties ‘broader human development’ with women's reproductive rights
Discussion: Politico
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
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Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
John Boehner / Wall Street Journal:
Counter Putin by Liberating U.S. Natural Gas
Discussion: Wonkblog and Guardian
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Party's Pot Dilemma
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
NBC News:
Tea Party Still Winning GOP Debate - NBC News