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12:45 PM ET, March 12, 2014


 Top Items: 
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Voters Stay Negative on Christie
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ Poll: Candy Is Dandy But Pot Is Less Harmful
Discussion: The Week
Americans Split on Obama as 69% Back Minimum Wage Hike
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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 and Politico
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Did the CIA Chief Just Dare Obama to Fire Him?
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.
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.
NY Daily News:   BREAKING: Two buildings collapse, killing 2 women and injuring 17 after gas explosion in Harlem
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.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: Abraham Lincoln wouldn't do ‘Ferns’
Discussion: Daily Kos, BuzzFeed, National Review and CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
Thomas Fitzgerald /
Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies  —  The Big Dog did not forget his debt to Marjorie Margolies.  —  Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be the special guest at an April fundraiser for Margolies' effort to reclaim the U.S. House seat she lost two decades ago …
Discussion: Politico, OnPolitics and Post Politics
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.
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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
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Chelsea Clinton: ‘I taught my parents how to text’
Discussion: The Fix and Towleroad News #gay
Becky Barlish / Longview News-Journal:
Shoot first, ask questions later method puts former Beckville resident in Alabama hospital
New York Times:
How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies' Reach
Stuart A. Reid / Politico:
Did Russ Feingold just end a war?
Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah could have first-in-nation presidential primary
Discussion: GovBeat
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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: The Week
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Charlie Crist Loves to Love You