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5:35 PM 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.
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James Poniewozik / TIME:
REVIEW: The First Cringe-Humor President  —  President Obama goes beyond the late-night interview to prove, with Zach Galifianakis, that insult comedy isn't just for Congress anymore.  —  This is what gridlock gets you.  Unable to get major legislation through a divided Congress …
Discussion: The Verge, Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Matthew Hoye / CNN:
No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Washington Post:
Transcript: Sen. Dianne Feinstein says CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday morning accused the CIA of violating federal law, detailing how the agency secretly removed documents from computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Feinstein: CIA searched Intelligence Committee computers
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Snowden On CIA: 'Suddenly It's A Scandal' When Congress Is Listened In On
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
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.
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
PPP poll: Alex Sink 48%, David Jolly45%, Lucas Overby 6%
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Drama-filled Florida race is 2014 bellwether
Marisa Schultz / detroitnews.com:
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.
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Vanity Fair:
The Game of Thrones TV-Show Creators Already Know What Happens at the End of the Book Series  —  Vanity Fair contributing editor Jim Windolf talks to George R. R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the ongoing book series on which the popular HBO show Game of Thrones is based …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Joe McGinniss, the journalist who harassed Sarah Palin, dead at 71.  —  Too bad to put in a life's work and have something creepy that you did be the #1 thing many or most people attach to your name when they see that you died.  —  “The Selling of the President” was a great exposé of the what it takes to run for President.
Discussion: The Dish
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Joe McGinniss, ‘Fatal Vision’ Author, Dies at 71
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
Associated Press:   Roger Ailes: Joe McGinniss changed political writing forever
Nora Caplan-Bricker / The New Republic:
Mike Huckabee Could Be President—If Only He Wanted It  —  Mike Huckabee had asked me to send him my picture.  He'd be sans entourage for our meeting at a Starbucks near Fox News's midtown Manhattan headquarters, and he wanted to be able to pick me out of the crowd.
CNN:
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 …
New York Times:
Even Before Fort Lee Lane Closings, Port Authority Was a Christie Tool  —  For a state that lost hundreds of lives on Sept. 11, the gifts were emotionally resonant: pieces of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center.  They were presented by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
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NBC News:
Bridget Kelly goes to court to quash subpoenas
Discussion: Mediaite
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Republicans Keep Lying to Their Base, and It's Preventing Them From Governing  —  Republicans like to promise things they can't deliver, like huge tax cuts that pay for themselves or health reform plans that don't disrupt the existing system.  And that's made life difficult for Democrats trying …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama: Ike Redivivus?  —  In critique of the George W. Bush administration, and in praise of the perceived foreign-policy restraint of Obama's first five years in the White House, a persistent myth has arisen that Obama is reminiscent of Eisenhower — in the sense of being a president …
Discussion: watersblogged!
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Erratic House Republicans Have Officially Lost It On Obamacare  —  What do House Republicans want to do with Obamacare?  Depends on the day.  —  Last week, they passed a repeal of the law's individual mandate, pure political showmanship that appealed to the right-wing base that hasn't given up the dream of fully repealing the law.
Discussion: Salon and The BRAD BLOG
ThinkProgress:
Colorado Is Considering A Bill To Send Doctors To Prison For Prescribing Emergency Contraception  —  Pro-life and pro-choice supporters face off in front of the State Capitol in Denver  —  Colorado lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would ban all abortions and possibly emergency contraception …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCain calls bad poll number ‘bogus’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called a poll that finds he has a 30 percent job approval in Arizona “bogus” on Monday.  —  “There is a bogus poll out there,” McCain said on Fox Business' “Cavuto.”  “I can sense the people of my state.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Steady health care sign-ups may miss goal of 6M  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The administration says President Barack Obama's health care law made steady progress in February, with more than 940,000 people signing up for coverage.  —  Even so, it's starting to look like the White House could well miss …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
 
 
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Mimi Dwyer / The New Republic:
A softball interview did the leaker no favors
Associated Press:
Senate sends Obama childhood cancer research bill
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
John McDuling / Quartz:
“The Upshot” is the New York Times' replacement for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Joseph Malchow / Wall Street Journal:
Joseph Malchow: Those Nonsensical ‘Google Bus’ Attacks
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Wendy Davis' filibuster against late-term abortion ban repels Texas Hispanics
Discussion: American Spectator
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Only 15 Percent of Top Films in 2013 Put Women in Lead Roles, Study Finds
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Althouse
John Winslow / Washington Monthly:
Jamie Dimon's Raise Proves That The MegaBanks Need To Be Broken Up
Discussion: Booman Tribune
E.J. Schultz / AdAge:
Honey Maid's Take on Wholesome Families Includes Gay Couple
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Killough / CNN:
First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
‘No Free School Lunches!’ The Rise Of A Conservative Rallying Cry
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Leaderless Doctrine  —  We're in the middle of a remarkable shift …
Masha Gessen / Los Angeles Times:
Is Vladimir Putin insane? Hardly
Katie McDonough / Salon:
The right's other “war on women”: 5 ways the assault is about way more than abortion
Manu Raju / Politico:
Harry Reid plots to block potential 2016 foe
Discussion: Fox News