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5:45 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  —  THIS is a season of possibility for Republican politicians.  Their party is poised to do well in November.  Their Democratic opponents are stuck in neutral — waiting for Hillary, praying for Obamacare.  And thanks to a few strategically placed traffic cones …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH defends Obama's Key Largo vacation
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
What Is It About CPAC?  —  In a Q&A I held yesterday at The Hive (sub req), a reader asked (in so many words), What is it about CPAC?  Every year it totally takes over the political news space.  There's wall to wall coverage.  Netroots Nation, which is also held every year …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Has the Conservative Political Action Conference Purged the Kooks?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Little R-S-P-E-C-T  —  WASHINGTON — IF you can't spell it, you can't get it.  —  President Obama pulled a Quayle Thursday night at a White House performance by the women of soul and muffed the title of Aretha Franklin's anthem.  “R-S-P-E-C-T,” he said, looking a bit confused and eliciting laughter.
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette and Althouse
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
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
Mitt Romney gathers top advisers for campaign reunion in Utah  —  Is Mitt Romney getting the band back together?  —  The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has invited his debate prep advisers and senior campaign aides to his mountaintop chalet in Park City, Utah, for a weekend of skiing later this month …
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: Power Line
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.
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 …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and American Spectator
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Richard Read / Oregonian:
Feds accuse longshoremen of threatening to rape United Grain manager's daughter, harm boss's kids
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Crist: Democrats ‘ought to strengthen up’ and support Obamacare
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Ron Suskind / New York Times:
Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney
Jonathan Turley / Los Angeles Times:
The president's power grab
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Is US losing new cold war?
Discussion: Slate, Hot Air and Politico
Ray Long / Chicago Tribune:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright's daughter found guilty of money laundering
USA Today:
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Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
McConnell waves musket, falls flat at CPAC