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8:55 AM ET, March 12, 2014

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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
David Jolly's victory spells trouble for Democrats nationwide  —  If I'm a Democratic House member in any competitive district in America or a Democratic incumbent senator up for re-election this year in a moderate-to-conservative state like North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Alaska or Louisiana …
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What Should We Read Into FL-13?  Maybe Nothing.  —  Here are three basic thoughts on the race:  —  1. My sense is that the Democratic candidate, former state chief financial officer and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink, will probably win.  —  Back in mid-January …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Florida race shows Democrats' Obamacare dilemma  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE 2014 ELECTIONS  —  The widely respected Florida political analyst Adam Smith sees big problems for Democrats in the loss of Alex Sink to Republican David Jolly in the special election to fill the House seat from Florida's 13th Congressional District.
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Why a Republican Wave in 2014 is Looking More Likely Now  —  David Jolly wasn't expected to win Tuesday's special election.  But he capitalized on an increasingly favorable political environment for the GOP.  —  Tuesday night's special election in Florida should be a serious scare for Democrats …
Tampa Bay Times:
David Jolly elected to represent Pinellas County in Congress  —  CLEARWATER — Republican David Jolly on Tuesday night won the closely-watched, extremely expensive and relentlessly negative battle for Florida's 13th Congressional District, signaling trouble for Democrats as they head …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th  —  Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida's 13th District on Tuesday in an unusually expensive race watched closely by both parties as the midterm election season kicks into high gear.
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption  —  HHS quietly repeals the individual purchase rule for two more years.  —  ObamaCare's implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate.
Discussion: The Federalist
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HHS.gov:
Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace climbs to 4.2 million in February  —  27 percent of February Federal Marketplace enrollees are young adults  —  Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace continued to rise in February to a five-month total of 4.2 million.
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Why casino workers hate Obamacare
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Washington Free Beacon:
Oklahoma Man Loses Insurance Due to Obamacare, Owes $100K in Bills
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Administration: 4.2 million people signed up for Obamacare plans through February
Discussion: The Hill
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens a Constitutional Crisis  —  The allegations of CIA snooping on congressional investigators isn't just a scandal—the whole premise of secret government is in question.  —  Feinstein: Arno Burgi/DPA/ZUMA; CIA flag: CIA/Wikimedia Commons
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Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Intrigue at the Top: CIA, Senate Feud Goes Public
Discussion: Politico
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
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
SENATOR: CIA IMPROPERLY SEARCHED COMPUTER NETWORK
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Between Two Ferns: The Selling of the President, 2014  —  President Obama stormed the internet Tuesday with his appearance on Zach Galifianakis's beloved series Between Two Ferns:  —  There are (in my opinion) some solidly entertaining moments here, but of course Obama's reason for appearing …
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly: Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Funny or Die
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Charlie Crist Loves to Love You  —  Florida's ex-governor is running for his old job—now as a Democrat.  Is he a craven opportunist or a voter-pleasing pragmatist for a time of ideological exhaustion?  —  Every time I say something about politicians, Charlie Crist corrects me.  —  “Public servant.
Natasha Velez / New York Post:
Gal dead after ‘black-market’ butt injection  —  A black-market New Jersey beautician botched a silicone butt injection at a seedy Meatpacking District hotel, leaving her client to die after suffering seizure-like symptoms, police said Tuesday.  —  Tamira Mobley, 28, has been charged …
Discussion: Gawker and Hinterland Gazette
Miscellany Blue:
Rep. Kyle Tasker: ‘50,000 battered women and I still eat mine plain’  —  State House Rep. Kyle Tasker (R-Nottingham) is no stranger to controversy, but an image he posted today on a public Facebook page is exceptional even by his standards.  —  Tasker posted the image while commenting …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Kevin Kelly / Wired:
Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
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Jess Denham / The Independent:
Russell Crowe's Noah banned in three Arab countries before worldwide premiere
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Washington Post
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
McConnell: We're Going to ‘Crush’ Tea Party Candidates in GOP Primaries This Year
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
With clock ticking on mortgage relief, homeowners wonder what's ahead
Discussion: National Review
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare signups slow down in February, youth enrollment well below target
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Robin Marty / Politico:
The Cookiecott  —  Pro-life groups say the Girl Scouts …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Liberaland
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John McDuling / Quartz:
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