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9:15 AM ET, March 10, 2014


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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 …
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 and Mediaite
Siva Govindasamy / Reuters:
Exclusive: Malaysia plane probe narrows on mid-air disintegration - source  —  (Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner with 239 people on board are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday.
Discussion: National Review
Fox News:
Interpol says no country checked its database before Malaysia flight
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,” …
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
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
CPAC BONUS SATURDAY — THE PRINCESS IN EXCELSIS … WASHINGTON, D.C. — By now, and by god, it should have settled permanently in the consciousness of the nation what a huge and untoward gamble with the country John McCain and his campaign took in 2008 when they elevated Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CNN Poll: 59% approve of sanctions against Russia  —  Washington (CNN) - Slightly more Americans approve than disapprove of how President Barack Obama has so far handled the crisis in Ukraine, but that has not affected the President's overall job approval rating, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: Mediaite
John Tierney / The Atlantic Online:
The True Detective Finale: That's It?  —  Should we feel bad for Nic Pizzolatto?  Our roundtable discusses “Form and Void,” the eighth installment in HBO's series.  —  Spencer Kornhaber, Christopher Orr, and Amy Sullivan discuss the latest episode of True Detective.  —  Sullivan: Did Rust Cohle just get religion?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Continues to Fall  —  Uninsured rate drops most among lower-income and black Americans  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, measuring 15.9% so far in 2014 compared with 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Discussion: The Plum Line
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
No militia means more intrusive law enforcement: Column  —  Our Framers didn't envision a free state with the current level of government control.  —  The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alison Leigh Cowan / New York Times:
Ruling Clears Way for Skakel Libel Suit  —  A federal judge ruled that Michael C. Skakel's libel claim could proceed against the television personality Nancy Grace and her associates over comments made on her current affairs show that falsely suggested DNA evidence tied him to Martha Moxley's 1975 murder.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
On notice: Mitch McConnell is ready to “crush” the Tea Party  —  What with all the sweetness and light going on this weekend at CPAC, there really hasn't been much room set aside for the Hawt Media Topic of the Conservative Civil War.  Well, let's wrap up the weekend with a bit of mudslinging from upper chamber.
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
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David Weigel / Slate:
At CPAC, a new generation of conservatives wrestles with what it means to be a foreign policy hawk.
Global Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion as Governments Binge, BIS Says
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Maya Yarowsky /
American State Dept. Spokesman: “Palestinians need not recognize the Jewish state”
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Meet ‘Oblasio’: De Blasio's turning into Obama's twin
Discussion: Politicker and Power Line
Pagan Kennedy / New York Times:
The Fat Drug  —  IF you walk into a farm-supply store today …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Daily Kos
Mark Halperin / TIME:
Clinton Super PAC ‘Ready For Hillary’ Gets Readier
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Four Factions, No Favorite
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
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
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
Mitt Romney gathers top advisers for campaign reunion in Utah
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Little R-S-P-E-C-T
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Althouse