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2:35 PM 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 …
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 …
Xenos / Reading is for Snobs:
Shocking: Sarah Palin's Green Eggs and Ham Parody Was Ripped From Chain E-Mail  —  Today was the last day of CPAC, and the honor of being the final speaker for the convention was given to former half-term half-wit governor, Sarah Palin.  Her speech was characterized by the usual touting of …
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 …
Sen. Rand Paul / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE-RAND PAUL: STOP WARPING REAGAN'S FOREIGN POLICY  —  Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan.  Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda.  Reagan was a great leader and President.  But too often people make him into something …
Sen. Rand Paul / TIME:
U.S. Must Take Strong Action Against Putin's Aggression  —  In an op-ed for TIME, Sen. Rand Paul argues that if he were President, he would take a harder stance against the Russian President for his actions: “Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation's sovereignty …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: As GOP certainty about Obamacare's collapse deepens, number of uninsured falls again
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg View and Politico
Meet America's Most Hated Doctors  —  You received years of specialized training in a field that you're passionate about.  You've decided to work in an area of the country where you feel you can make a difference.  You have a family, and you're primarily concerned about helping other families thrive.
Colleen Crinion / Talking Points Memo:   Today We Honor Abortion Providers
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Democrats to stage climate ‘talkathon’  —  More than two dozen Democratic senators will take to the floor to show their commitment to tackling climate change  —  More than two dozen Democratic senators will take to the Senate floor on Monday for an all-night session of speeches on climate change.
Discussion: The Reaction
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Senate Democrats' donor-friendly global warming show
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At A Florida Gun Show  —  George Zimmerman signs autographs.  —  CREDIT:  —  George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was the featured guest at a central Florida gun show this weekend, where he autographed photographs for customers.
Discussion: Mediaite and FOX 35 News Orlando
Amanda Ober / WESH-TV:
George Zimmerman signs autographs at Orlando gun show
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, UPI and Gawker
Tom Boggioni / The Raw Story:
George Zimmerman appearance at Florida gun show draws blanks
Discussion: Liberaland
New York Times:
Staking $1 Billion That Herbalife Will Fail, Then Lobbying to Bring It Down  —  WASHINGTON — At a Midtown Manhattan steakhouse last June, William A. Ackman, the activist hedge fund manager who had bet a billion dollars on the collapse of the nutritional supplement company Herbalife …
Discussion: Bloomberg View and JustOneMinute
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up  —  In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid …
Discussion: Mediaite, NewsBusters and Fox News
Associated Press:
West Virginia House Passes Abortion Bill  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception has passed the West Virginia House and will be sent to the governor to sign into law.  —  On Saturday, the House passed the bill 85-15 with two delegates not voting.
Ben Fields /   Ban on abortion after 20 weeks passes Senate
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.
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Even After Bridgegate Scandal, Chris Christie Is in Better Shape Than You Think  —  When the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 6, all eyes were on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  No presidential prospect has endured a rougher few months …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Reaction
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.
CBS Denver:
Greeley Barber Shop Refuses Customers Who Smell Like Pot  —  GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) - A barber shop in Greeley refuses service to people who smell like marijuana.  —  The owner of Hugo's Barber Shop said he felt he had to step in when it got bad.  —  “I feel that it's my right to make the statement.
Discussion: Liberaland
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The 2014 Economic Report of the President
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Neil deGrasse Tyson tells CNN: Stop giving ‘equal time to the flat Earthers’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Thomas Frank / Salon:
We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's New Kamikaze Plan: Punish Doctors If Obamacare Isn't Chopped
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jerusalem Post:
US State Department: Recognition of ‘Jewish state’ not a precondition to peace talks
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: 50% in Iowa say Hillary Clinton should run for president
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
No militia means more intrusive law enforcement: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run
CNN Poll: 59% approve of sanctions against Russia
Siva Govindasamy / Reuters:
Exclusive: Malaysia plane probe narrows on mid-air disintegration - source
John Tierney / The Atlantic Online:
The True Detective Finale: That's It?
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Camp to Obama: Let's talk
Global Debt Exceeds $100 Trillion as Governments Binge, BIS Says
Discussion: Washington's Blog and Vox Popoli