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5:10 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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Democrats to stage climate ‘talkathon’
Shawn Boburg /
Feds withdraw subpoena of Port Authority chairman in conflict of interest investigation  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have withdrawn a subpoena seeking records related to Port Authority Chairman David Samson, knowledgeable sources said Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific  —  As Japan marks the third anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, Tepco is struggling to find a solution for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of contaminated water  —  A senior adviser to the operator …
Jim Sleeper / Washington Monthly:
Leon Wieseltier's Moral Posturing on Crimea Suggests He Learned Nothing From his Moral Posturing on Iraq  —  “There is the question of how to respond practically to Putin's aggression and there is the question of how to respond intellectually,” writes Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic …
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Jeffrey Thompson, alleged ‘shadow campaign’ funder, is charged in federal court  —  D.C. businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, once a major government contractor, was charged Monday in a campaign finance conspiracy that has tarnished the tenure of Mayor Vincent C. Gray and threatened his ambitions for a second term.
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.
Kevin Loker / Pew Research Center:
61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage  —  There is a little nuance here, right?  Judging by the chart, the question asked whether they favor gays and lesbians to marry *legally*.  That part doesn't really filter into the write-up:  —  A more accurate version of the second graph would read …
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hullabaloo
Thomas Frank / Salon:
We are all right-wingers now: How Fox News, ineffective liberals, corporate Dems and GOP money captured everything  —  I used to talk to the political scientist Adolph Reed, Jr. a lot back in the '90s when we both lived in Chicago and wrote for the same magazines.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Poll shows Paul Broun with double-digit lead in GOP Senate race  —  A poll released Monday conducted by left-leaning Public Policy Polling is showing some separation in the wide-open GOP contest to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.  —  The poll, commissioned by the lefty guerrilla group Better Georgia …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: As GOP certainty about Obamacare's collapse deepens, number of uninsured falls again
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton slams ‘crazy’ moves on Ukraine  —  Former President Bill Clinton on Monday jabbed Russian President Vladimir Putin for treating Ukraine as a “piece on the international chessboard” without concern for its people, and added that pushing the country toward a split was a “crazy,” outdated maneuver.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Michele Bachmann Laments That ‘The Gay Community Have So Bullied The American People’  —  Still reeling from the demise of Arizona's “right-to-discriminate” bill, Michele Bachmann said last week that she is tired of gay people “bullying” her and the American people.
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
'True Detective's' predictable, simplistic finale  —  Editor's note: Alyssa Rosenberg is PostOpinions's new culture blogger.  Her own blog will be launching in the coming days.  This post discusses the season finale of “True Detective” in extensive detail.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
The Next President Is Getting Some New Wheels  —  The model year 2017 presidential limo will replace the one unveiled at Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural  —  The leader of the free world is getting some new wheels.  —  The Secret Service is proceeding with development of a new presidential limousine …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
The New Glenn Beck  —  Glenn Beck is tired of politics.  —  “I think politics is a game, and I think people watch politics as a game, like they watch the NFL,” he tells me, leaning back in his chair.  He once thought Washington politicians “actually believed in something.”  Now, he says, “I don't think they do.”
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
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 …
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: What we know and don't know  —  (CNN) — Three days ago, a Malaysian passenger jet with more than 200 people on board vanished in the skies over Southeast Asia.  —  On Monday, investigators appeared to be no closer to explaining how a large plane could seemingly disappear into thin air.
Discussion: Reuters, Althouse and National Review
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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
David Remnick / New Yorker:
PUTIN'S PIQUE  —  In 1990, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn emerged …
Discussion: The Dish
Truth Revolt:
EXCLUSIVE: McConnell: Senate Conservatives Fund a ‘Rogue Political Operation’
White Blog:
The 2014 Economic Report of the President
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP's New Kamikaze Plan: Punish Doctors If Obamacare Isn't Chopped
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Kim Jong Un ‘elected’ with 100% of the vote
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Even After Bridgegate Scandal, Chris Christie Is in Better Shape Than You Think
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Reaction
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At A Florida Gun Show
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
New York Times:
Staking $1 Billion That Herbalife Will Fail, Then Lobbying to Bring It Down