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11:30 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 …
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 …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th
Tampa Bay Times:   David Jolly elected to represent Pinellas County in Congress
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Voters Stay Negative on Christie  —  Positive feelings about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are eroding across the board — even among his once-loyal base of Republicans and Northeasterners - in the wake of allegations that top deputies engineered a massive traffic jam …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Candy Is Dandy But Pot Is Less Harmful
Discussion: The Week
NBC News:
GOP May Reap Rewards of Obama's Unpopularity in Midterms, Poll Finds - NBC News
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Mediaite
Americans Split on Obama as 69% Back Minimum Wage Hike
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Tami Luhby /
Why casino workers hate Obamacare
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly: Abraham Lincoln Would Never Have Appeared on Funny or Die
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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
Wall Street Plays 2016 Dating Game as Christie Stumbles  —  Billionaire Wilbur Ross invited Paul Ryan over for lunch.  Goldman Sachs (GS) Group Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) bankers met with Rand Paul at a fundraiser in Atlanta.  Investor Rob Arnott dropped in on Ted Cruz.
Discussion: Mediaite
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Climate Change Not a Top Worry in U.S.  —  U.S. concerns with the quality of the environment dropped in 2014 … WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twenty-eight U.S. senators held an all-night “talkathon” Monday to call attention to climate change, an issue that only 24% of Americans say they worry about a great deal.
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.
Discussion: The Verge
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Democrats Can Compete for the White Working Class  —  On the surface, the Democratic Party's bid to win back the votes of the white working class looks like an impossible task.  —  Between 2008 and 2012, President Obama's already weak support among these voters dropped from 40 percent to just 36 percent.
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Did Russ Feingold Just End a War?
Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah could have first-in-nation presidential primary
Discussion: GovBeat
Robert Menendez / Washington Post:
Russia's aggressive behavior can't go unchecked by the U.S.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jill Colvin / Politicker:
De Blasio Says He'll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight
Discussion: Business Insider
Ali Meyer / CNSNews:
Labor Force Participation Hits Record Low for Americans in Their 20s
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Kelly / Wired:
Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
Discussion: The Week
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Natasha Velez / New York Post:
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Discussion: Gawker and Hinterland Gazette
Jess Denham / The Independent:
Russell Crowe's Noah banned in three Arab countries before worldwide premiere
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Washington Post