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2:05 PM ET, March 12, 2014


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Josh Kraushaar /
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 …
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 …
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.
David Weigel / Slate:
Florida-13: Three Things Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Republican Win
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
Republican Jolly wins Florida special election
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Candy Is Dandy But Pot Is Less Harmful
Discussion: The Week
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Voters Stay Negative on Christie
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Americans Split on Obama as 69% Back Minimum Wage Hike
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: Health insurance isn't expensive - just cancel cable and phones; Update: White House responds  —  This is a few days old, but it's amusing nonetheless.  Barack Obama appeared in a town hall for Spanish-language media on March 6th to discuss ObamaCare and promote enrollments …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
At Least One Person Killed in East Harlem Building Collapse  —  At least one person was killed when two buildings collapsed in East Harlem on Wednesday morning, according to authorities, and a senior city official suggested that there would most likely be more fatalities.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Charlie Rangel: 'Our community's 9/11'
NY Daily News:   BREAKING: Two buildings collapse, killing 2 women and injuring 17 after gas explosion in Harlem
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men  —  House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America's poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett's Morning in America Wednesday, hinting that he would focus on creating work requirements …
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.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Did the CIA Chief Just Dare Obama to Fire Him?  —  Under a sudden avalanche of criticism, CIA director John Brennan said President Obama can ‘ask me to go.’ Will he?  —  The normally cool and calm director of the CIA, John Brennan, may have flinched Tuesday.
The Hill:
Feinstein drops CIA bombshell  —  The CIA conducted an unconstitutional search of a Senate Intelligence Committee computer network that amounted to illegal spying, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) charged Tuesday in a dramatic speech on the Senate floor.  —  Feinstein said the CIA's actions …
Discussion: Firedoglake, NBC News and Politico
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens a Constitutional Crisis
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row  —  UPDATE: Glenn Ford was indeed released from prison late Tuesday afternoon local time.  The same judge who denied him relief in 2009 was the one who signed the order authorizing his release.  —  ORIGINAL STORY: Glenn Ford, a black man wrongfully convicted …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
‘The Daily Show’ Fact Checks Andrew Napolitano's Civil War Revisionism With A Game Show  —  Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday took his mockery of Fox News' Andrew Napolitano to the next level, hosting a mini-game show to debunk the commentator's revisionist views on the Civil War and American slavery.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Intercept:
How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware  —  Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.
Becky Barlish / Longview News-Journal:
Shoot first, ask questions later method puts former Beckville resident in Alabama hospital  —  A Beckville graduate was shot in Alabama by an Opelika Police officer Thursday after the man stopped on the side of the interstate because of a minor traffic accident.
Paul Glastris / Washington Monthly:
The Limits of the Wonkosphere  —  Are we entering a golden age of policy journalism?  Consider the evidence.  Ezra Klein, founder of the Washington Post's phenomenally successful online policy news site Wonkblog, recently left to form what he says will be an even more revolutionary digital venture in explanatory policy journalism.
Stuart A. Reid / Politico:
Did Russ Feingold just end a war?  —  The unlikely story of how the former Wisconsin senator made peace in Congo.  —  On a Saturday morning in late January, Russ Feingold descended a tight path in the hilly forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kahuzi-Biega National Park to look for gorillas.
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Jonathan Broder / Roll Call:
Ukraine's Neighbors Urge Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports
Discussion: Hot Air
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Senate Bill Proposes Tough Sanctions on Russia
Discussion: Politico
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg:
Cash Abroad Rises $206 Billion as Apple to IBM Avoid Tax
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies
Discussion: Politico, OnPolitics and Post Politics
New York Times:
How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies' Reach
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Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Democrats Can Compete for the White Working Class
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Climate Change Not a Top Worry in U.S.
Wall Street Plays 2016 Dating Game as Christie Stumbles
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Kevin Kelly / Wired:
Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Week
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Charlie Crist Loves to Love You