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10:35 AM ET, March 11, 2014


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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.
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 …
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis  —  Washington (CNN) - President Obama took his message of health care for all to a cult internet comedy show, in an effort to get young people to sign up for Obamacare.  —  He appeared alongside Zach Galifianakis in the comedian and actor's mock talk-show called “Between Two Ferns.”
Discussion: Politico
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The Jolly-Sink showdown: What to watch  —  After almost $9 million in outside spending, a storm of attacks and counterattacks and endless speculation about its implications for the midterms, voters will cast their ballots in the Florida special congressional election on Tuesday.
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Drama-filled Florida race is 2014 bellwether  —  Lackluster candidates, millions spent, a third-party candidate: Every detail of Tuesday's special election in Florida's 13th District makes it unusual, but the bellwether district is still the first indication of the 2014 electoral mood.
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton slams ‘crazy’ moves on Ukraine
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:   Obama's All Eisenhower On Russia
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Old-school leftists are unhappy with Obama's America.  —  At two old-school leftists, Thomas Frank and Adolph Reed Jr., offer a surprisingly interesting critique of the contemporary left and President Obama.  Notwithstanding the unwieldy headline, “We Are All Right-Wingers Now …
Discussion: Instapundit
Thomas Frank / Salon:
We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Wall Street Journal:
Iranians Using Stolen Passports on Malaysia Airlines Flight Had No Known Terror Ties, Officials Say  —  Both Apparently Sought Only to Migrate to Europe  —  Day four and still no sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, but investigators identified the men traveling on the two passports earlier determined to have been stolen.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:   Use of Stolen Passports on Missing Jet Highlights Security Flaw
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
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Democratic Donor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Campaign Donations  —  A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Jeffrey Thompson, alleged ‘shadow campaign’ funder, is charged in federal court
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Joe McGinniss, ‘Fatal Vision’ Author, Dies at 71  —  Joe McGinniss, the author who reported on political campaigns and murder cases in the books “The Selling of the President” and “Fatal Vision,” died on Monday.  He was 71.  —  His death was confirmed on his Facebook page …
Discussion: Althouse and Mediaite
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 …
Katie McDonough / Salon:
The right's other “war on women”: 5 ways the assault is about way more than abortion  —  From guns to poverty, here's why the party is doomed  —  Republicans are having a tough time shaking the “war on women” label, probably because they can't stop themselves from sounding — and voting — like a bunch of raging misogynists.
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 …
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy  —  Iranian defector Abolghassem Mesbahi says Pan Am 103 attack was revenge for US Navy strike on Iranian passenger jet  —  The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and The PJ Tatler
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Masha Gessen / Los Angeles Times:
Is Vladimir Putin insane? Hardly
Discussion: The Week
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A President Blinded by Righteousness
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Ted Cruz's Obamacare nightmare: House Republicans are preparing to improve the law
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Snowden Inc.  —  First, National Security Agency leaker Edward …
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Where to dump contaminated water
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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
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
The Next President Is Getting Some New Wheels
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: Enroll America told reporter ‘no truth’ to Kathleen Sebelius fundraising claims
Discussion: Fox News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast Cuts Sony Deal to Sell ‘House of Cards,’ Early-Release Movies