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8:55 AM ET, March 11, 2014


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS News  —  CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
New York Times:
The Democrats Stand Up to the Kochs  —  Democrats have for too long been passive in the face of the vast amounts of corporate money, most of it secret, that are being spent to evict them from office and dismantle their policies.  By far the largest voice in many of this year's political races …
Marisa Schultz /
Dexter cancer patient who called health care ‘unaffordable’ will save more than $1K  —  Washington— A Dexter cancer patient featured in a conservative group's TV ad campaign denouncing her new health care coverage as “unaffordable” will save more than $1,000 this year.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's New Approach Takes a Humorous Turn  —  WASHINGTON — In “Between Two Ferns,” an off-color online parody of celebrity interview shows, the comedian Zach Galifianakis has spanked Justin Bieber with his belt, discussed Charlize Theron's thighs and asked Natalie Portman for her phone number.
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA TODAY.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton slams ‘crazy’ moves on Ukraine
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:   Obama's All Eisenhower On Russia
David Remnick / New Yorker:
PUTIN'S PIQUE  —  In 1990, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn emerged …
Discussion: The Dish
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Florida's Midterm Warm Up  —  special election in the Sunshine State's District 13, otherwise known as Swingtown USA, is an important—and close-one for both parties.  —  Less than 18 months after the 2012 election, the fulcrum of American politics rests once again in Central Florida.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems can't run on Obamacare and can't hide from it either  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE 2014 ELECTIONS  —  Some Democrats hope to minimize the importance of Obamacare as a political issue by focusing on other topics in this November's midterm elections.  Some hope to win by promising to fix …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and CNN
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
26 Democrats Plan a Senate All-Nighter on Climate Change  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate was headed into another all-nighter Monday evening as 26 Democrats who call themselves the “climate caucus” planned to speak nonstop about climate change from about 6:30 p.m. until 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Science Deniers: ‘Science Is Not There For You To Cherry Pick’  —  CREDIT: Frank Micelotta/Invision for FOX/AP Images  —  Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of National Geographic and Fox's new show Cosmos, said Sunday that he thinks the media needs …
CNN Poll: Support for Obamacare slightly edges up  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes …
Discussion: Hot Air
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Use of Stolen Passports on Missing Jet Highlights Security Flaw  —  WASHINGTON — As an armada of ships, planes and helicopters combed the waters south of Vietnam on Monday for any sign of a missing Malaysian airliner, aviation safety experts said the discovery that two passengers aboard …
Feds withdraw subpoena of Port Authority chairman in conflict of interest investigation  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan took steps late last week to open an inquiry into Port Authority Chairman David Samson, only to withdraw their subpoena for documents Monday afternoon and cede control …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid plots to block potential 2016 foe  —  Harry Reid isn't on Nevada's ballot this year, but he may as well be.  —  The shrewd Senate majority leader is putting the strength of his formidable political machine behind a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor whose fate …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Snowden Inc.  —  First, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden popped up in Hong Kong.  Then, Russia.  By Monday, the fugitive from justice, a man regularly accused of treason, was in Austin, Texas, hitting the nation's hottest tech festival — via the Web, of course.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Ted Cruz's Obamacare nightmare: House Republicans are preparing to improve the law  —  After 50 attempts to repeal it failed, political survival now forces the GOP to accept and fix the law they hate  —  On Friday, while pretty much everyone in the national press corps was hypnotized by CPAC's Grand Kabuki …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's New Kamikaze Plan: Punish Doctors If Obamacare Isn't Chopped
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Katie McDonough / Salon:
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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Jeffrey Thompson, alleged ‘shadow campaign’ funder, is charged in federal court
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Where to dump contaminated water
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
The New Glenn Beck  —  Glenn Beck is tired of politics.
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Jim Sleeper / Washington Monthly:
Leon Wieseltier's Moral Posturing on Crimea Suggests He Learned Nothing From his Moral Posturing on Iraq
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
'True Detective's' predictable, simplistic finale
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The Next President Is Getting Some New Wheels
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Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: Enroll America told reporter ‘no truth’ to Kathleen Sebelius fundraising claims
Discussion: Fox News
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Congressman Says The Government Didn't Shut Down During The Government Shutdown
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Gawker's John Cook to First Look
Thomas Frank / Salon:
We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything