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8:30 AM ET, March 10, 2014


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right  —  WASHINGTON — As conservative activist groups stirred up trouble for establishment Republican Senate candidates in 2010 and 2012, party leaders in Washington first tried to ignore the insurgents, then tried to reason with them …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Four Factions, No Favorite
Discussion: Althouse, Washington Post and Politico
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
On notice: Mitch McConnell is ready to “crush” the Tea Party
Discussion: Riehl World News and Fox News
Andrew Solomon / New Yorker:
The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers.  —  In Peter Lanza's new house, on a secluded private road in Fairfield County, Connecticut, is an attic room overflowing with shipping crates of what he calls “the stuff.”  Since the day in December, 2012, when his son Adam killed his own mother …
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Disparate Theories on Fate of Jet as Search Grows  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — As military aircraft and a flotilla of ships from a half-dozen nations combed the waters south of Vietnam on Sunday for signs of a jet with 239 people onboard that vanished a day earlier, the authorities …
Fox News:
Interpol says no country checked its database before Malaysia flight
Dylan Byers / Politico:
John Kerry's brutal CNN joke  —  Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a knife to the heart of CNN during Saturday night's address at the annual Gridiron Club dinner, the white-tie-and-tails event hosted by Washington's most prestigious press group.  —  During a humorous and well-received speech …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Camp to Obama: Let's talk  —  The House's top tax writer is pointing to areas where he thinks he can work with President Obama, just days after releasing a comprehensive plan for overhauling the code.  —  “My takeaway is there are some common issues that we can address,” …
Pagan Kennedy / New York Times:
The Fat Drug  —  IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you're likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock.  That's because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals' bodies, helping them pack on pounds.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Liberty, Equality, Efficiency  —  Most people, if pressed on the subject, would probably agree that extreme income inequality is a bad thing, although a fair number of conservatives believe that the whole subject of income distribution should be banned from public discourse.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to Dems: It's time to worry  —  The election is coming, the election is coming!  —  That's the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all.
Mark Halperin / TIME:
Clinton Super PAC ‘Ready For Hillary’ Gets Readier  —  Hillary Clinton's shadow presidential campaign is shifting into overdrive with the ‘Ready For Hillary’ Super PAC's website getting a makeover  —  This weekend is a big one for the juggernaut Hillary Clinton for President shadow campaign.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
George Zimmerman appearance at Florida gun show draws blanks  —  George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watchman who was acquitted of the shooting and killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, failed to draw many fans at an Orlando gun show on Saturday, according to the NY Daily News.
Discussion: Liberaland and NY Daily News
Maya Yarowsky /
American State Dept. Spokesman: “Palestinians need not recognize the Jewish state”  —  Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's continued requests of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state within the framework of negotiations for peace, the American State Department spokeswoman …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Meet ‘Oblasio’: De Blasio's turning into Obama's twin  —  When a politician denounces politics, you know he's feeling the heat.  When that politician is Bill de Blasio and he aims his ire at charter schools, the media and taxpayers, you know his brain is stuck in reverse.
Discussion: Politicker and Power Line
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Global Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion as Governments Binge, BIS Says
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles
Discussion: Right Wing News and ThinkProgress
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is It About CPAC?  —  In a Q&A I held yesterday at The Hive …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Eschaton
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Crist: Democrats ‘ought to strengthen up’ and support Obamacare
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
Mitt Romney gathers top advisers for campaign reunion in Utah
Ron Suskind / New York Times:
Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Little R-S-P-E-C-T
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Althouse
The Hill:
Is US losing new cold war?
Discussion: Slate and Hot Air