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3:15 PM ET, March 13, 2014


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Lauren Victoria Burke / Crew of 42:
Paul Ryan: Inner City Comments Had “Nothing to Do Whatsoever With Race”  —  ** EXCLUSIVE ** Ryan: Poverty Discussion Had Nothing to do with Race.  After comments Wednesday morning on Bill Bennett's radio show Morning in America, Rep. Paul Ryan explained Wednesday afternoon that his discussion with Bennett had “nothing” to do with race.
Ryan Defends Comments On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men  —  Rep. Paul Ryan's claim that young “inner city” men are “not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work” because they rely on government assistance has sparked outrage from a growing number of Democratic lawmakers …
Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
What Paul Ryan Gets Wrong About ‘Inner-City’ Poverty  —  If there's deep poverty in our urban centers, it's not because of culture, it's because of racism and public policy.  —  It was late last year when Paul Ryan couldn't stop talking about poverty.  “I want to figure out a way for conservatives …
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Why Dems are tying Republicans to the Koch brothers
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:   Obama endangers Dems
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 …
Austin American-Statesman:
2 dead after car crashes into SXSW crowd  —  According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, an APD officer who is part of a DWI task force attempted to stop a driver of a gray Toyota sedan at a Shell gas station on the Interstate 35 frontage road.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
So how many have paid ACA premiums?  —  'I can't tell you because I don't know that.  We don't collect it,' Sebelius says.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  The White House insists it doesn't know how many people are fully enrolled in Obamacare, but insurers say they've handed over enough data …
Administration Does About-Face on Fate of ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies
Discussion: Wonkblog
Sam Baker /
White House: Sequester No Longer Applies to Part of Obamacare
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Weekly Standard
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Longer mandate delay for some who saw health plans canceled  —  The Obama administration is allowing some people with canceled health plans to avoid penalties under the individual mandate for an additional two years.  —  The little noticed change, first reported by The Wall Street Journal …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   GOP Plots New Round Of Hostage-Taking To Stop Obamacare
New York Times:
Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine  —  MOSCOW — Russia's Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany warned the Kremlin to abandon the politics of the 19th …
Americans Stick With Obamacare as Opposition Burns Bright  —  President Barack Obama's health-care law is becoming more entrenched, with 64 percent of Americans now supporting it outright or backing small changes.  —  Even so, the fervor of the opposition shows no sign of abating …
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Business groups stunned as Obama gives millions overtime  —  Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Tim Stanley /
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
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Man Who Accidentally Shot Himself Sues Police For Taking His Guns  —  A Kearney, Mo. man who accidentally shot himself in November decided to sue the town's police department for seizing his firearms, the Kearney Courier reported Thursday.  —  Terry Coleman accidentally discharged …
Discussion: Kearney Courier
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 …
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
McDonald's Workers in Three States File Suits Claiming Underpayment
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
In narrow vote, Senate backs ending early voting on weekends
Discussion: Liberaland
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Scott Brown Hiring Campaign Staff In New Hampshire
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans Cite Jobs, Economy, Gov't as Top U.S. Problems
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
It's come to this: Obama threatens to veto Republican bills that ... require him to follow the law
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Steve Israel: I hope Alex Sink runs again
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Game Over? Another Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Thwarted
Discussion: Clarion-Ledger
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes
Deborah Tannen / USA Today:
‘Bossy’ is more than a word to women: Column
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Moonbattery
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
McConnell Is Not as Vulnerable as He Seems
Discussion: Mediaite
Abrahm Lustgarten / The Daily Beast:
How Chesapeake Energy, the Kings of Fracking, Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate Update: Domino Effects
Ann Coulter /
Right-Wing Mobs? Say It Isn't So, Conservatives!
Discussion: RedState