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10:40 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.
Tampa Bay Times:   David Jolly elected to represent Pinellas County in Congress
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ/NBC News Poll: Obama's approval rating hits new low.  —  President Obama notched the lowest approval ratings of his presidency in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, amd wide pessimism about the economy and deep frustration with Washington.
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  —  What's worse for your health: a candy bar or a joint?  —  The new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll produced a surprising answer.  Sugar.  When Americans were asked their opinion on the most harmful of four substances, tobacco (49%) …
Discussion: The Week
Americans Split on Obama as 69% Back Minimum Wage Hike
Discussion: Hot Air
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
The Hill:
Feinstein drops CIA bombshell
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Did the CIA Chief Just Dare Obama to Fire Him?
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Intrigue at the Top: CIA, Senate Feud Goes Public
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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  —  As anyone could have expected after watching Fox News today, Bill O'Reilly opened his show with a take down of President Barack Obama's appearance on Funny or Die's Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.
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.
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Jill Colvin / Politicker:
De Blasio Says He'll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Most Say U.S. Should ‘Not Get Too Involved’ in Ukraine Situation
Discussion: The Fix and Post Politics
Ali Meyer / CNSNews:
Labor Force Participation Hits Record Low for Americans in Their 20s
Kevin Kelly / Wired:
Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It
Discussion: The Week
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McConnell: We're Going to ‘Crush’ Tea Party Candidates in GOP Primaries This Year
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
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