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8:20 AM ET, March 13, 2014

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Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Health Law Tied to G.O.P. Victory in Florida Race  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — For Democrats hoping to claim a prized House seat in a swing district, Alex Sink seemed a shining candidate: a moderate, business-minded banker and former candidate for governor with ample experience in running a big race and raising money for it.
Discussion: Althouse
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Midterms an Obamacare referendum? Not so fast.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP peddles snake oil about Florida election: Lessons from last night's race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Weigel / Slate:
Florida-13: Three Things Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Republican Win
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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
Missing Airplane Flew On for Hours  —  Engine Data Suggest Malaysia Flight Was Airborne Long After Radar Disappearance, U.S. Investigators Say  —  U.S. investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location …
Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
Bill Clinton Is the Best Friend Democrats Have for 2014  —  No political figure has more endorsement power in 2014 than the former president.  —  If Democrats can't get Pope Francis to come and campaign with them ahead of this year's midterm elections, they're at least already trotting out the next best thing: Bill Clinton.
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Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Right-Wing Mobs? Say It Isn't So, Conservatives!
Discussion: RedState
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Dreaming of ‘President Ted Cruz’ will turn into a nightmare for the GOP
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 13, 2014 - Clinton Up As Obama, Christie Crash In Iowa, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Democrat Braley Leads In U.S. Senate Race  —  In an early look at the 2016 presidential race in Iowa, Secretary Clinton leads Gov. Christie 48 - 35 percent, reversing a 45 …
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Saving unborn like saving elderly  —  If Americans don't protect the unborn, they won't protect people at the end of life either, Mike Huckabee said Wednesday night at a Washington gala sponsored by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Is Huckabee serious about a 2016 bid?  —  Mike Huckabee is gearing up for another run for the White House — and this time, his party is paying attention.  —  Top advisers to the former Arkansas governor say the Republican's flirtation with a 2016 run is real after he ultimately passed on a bid last time.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Piers Morgan's guest explains to him why he lost his CNN show: because he was rude  —  There's been a lot of debate about why Piers Morgan lost his CNN talk show.  A couple of days ago the comedian Chelsea Handler gave him a definitive explanation.  Piers was “interviewing” her …
Discussion: Samizdata
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite vows of help, White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air, Reuters and The Raw Story
Mike Allen / Politico:
DEMS' DOWNER DAY: Discouraging loss in swing House seat to flawed R who ran hard against Obamacare — WSJ/NBC: 48% less likely to vote for solid Obama backer — B'DAYS: Jake Tapper, Mitt Romney, Marcy  —  VANITY FAIR's April cover, “GAME ON!  ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Four: The making of the biggest …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Sharks Are Circling Around Hillary  —  Dems are on the defensive again in response to allegations that a Clinton comrade was involved in questionable campaign funding.  Oh yes, it's feeding time, aka ‘silly’ season, again.  —  The political world is on tenterhooks waiting for Hillary Clinton …
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Feminist Studies Professor Accused of Assaulting Teenage Prolife Demonstrator  —  SANTA BARBARA - A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant …
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Journalism startups aren't a revolution if they're filled with all these white men  —  Nate Silver has a chart to hire for ‘clubhouse chemistry’.  Ever heard of something called ‘workplace diversity’?  —  When the predictive superstar Nate Silver announced last summer that he would defect …
Bob Kealing / WESH-TV:
Real estate scammer says he's too obese for prison  —  James Olivos sentenced to 5 years  —  A real estate swindler who claims he's too morbidly obese to begin serving his federal prison term got no sympathy from a judge Tuesday.  —  James Olivos pleaded guilty and was sentenced in December …
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Knesset passes first Basic Law in 22 years: Referendum on land concessions  —  Law requires a referendum on any treaty that entails giving up land to which Israeli law applies.  —  The referendum law requiring a referendum on concessions of any sovereign land became a Basic Law …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Holder Endorses Proposed Drug Sentencing Changes  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in bloated federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.
Discussion: Politico
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama threatens vetoes of bills requiring him to follow the law  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA CONSTITUTIONALITY LAW  —  President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it …
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Oklahoma Fox Station Cuts Evolution From ‘Cosmos’ By Editing Only 15 Seconds  —  In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night's “Cosmos” science documentary by cutting only 15 seconds from the broadcast.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Alan Grayson's wife drops restraining order  —  The wife of Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson has voluntarily dropped a temporary restraining order against him following an allegation that he shoved her.  —  “Ms. Carson-Grayson has apparently dropped the petition for injunction that she levied …
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Perry's Deconstructive Governing Agenda  —  In his speech at CPAC, Texas Governor Rick Perry brought the crowd to its feet by saying this:  —  Nowhere does the Constitution say we should federalize classrooms.  Nowhere does it give federal officials primary responsibility over the air we breathe, the land we farm, the water we drink.
The Switch:
Google is encrypting search globally.  That's bad for the NSA and China's censors.  —  Google has begun routinely encrypting Web searches conducted in China, posing a bold new challenge to that nation's powerful system for censoring the Internet and tracking what individual users are viewing online.
 
 
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Vanessa Grigoriadis / Vanity Fair:
O.K., Glass: Make Google Eyes
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Anita Hill Is Celebrated in the Documentary ‘Anita’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and OnPolitics
Juliet Eilperin / The Fix:
In comments protesting Keystone, foreigners play a key role
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Ronan Farrow: Awesome on Twitter, Awful on Television
Joseph Williams / The Atlantic Online:
My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor
Discussion: Instapundit
Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Britain To Have Its First Same-Sex Married Couples By Midnight On 13 March
Discussion: The Dish
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Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Senate committee approves bill to let Rand Paul run for re-election and president in 2016
Discussion: Roll Call and OnPolitics
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rahall: I supported Bush more than Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Judgment and Leadership  —  Charlie Crist, now running …
Discussion: Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate UI vote unlikely this week
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Jan Brewer / CNN:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer won't seek reelection
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Lance Bass visits W.H., flubs site address
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Caller and CNN
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rasmussen Poll: Scott Walker Tied With Democratic Challenger
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and PoliticusUSA
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men