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3:03 AM ET, March 14, 2014


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Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Ezra Klein's Queer New Hire  —  Brandon Ambrosino (Photo Courtesy of Media Matters)  —  On Tuesday, former Washington Post pundit (and Prospect alum) Ezra Klein sent a shock wave through the gay community by announcing he had hired gay anti-gay apologist Brandon Ambrosino to join him at Vox Media …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Vox's Unbelievably Terrible New Hire  —  On Wednesday, Ezra Klein's new media venture, Vox, announced that it had hired Brandon Ambrosino as a writing fellow, presumably to cover the LGBTQ beat.  Vox likely thought that by hiring Ambrosino, the outlet would be introducing a brash, unconventional new voice to a broader audience.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Hipster Homophobia: Ezra Klein's Vox hires Falwell-loving gay-bashing “gay”  —  Ezra Klein's new Web media venture,, has just hired a controversial gay-bashing “gay” named Brandon Ambrosino to write for the new online publication.  (Vox on Facebook, Vox on Twitter.)
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Paul Ryan's ‘inner city’ comment might mean he's racist, but he sure is classist  —  Does he think black people are lazy?  He definitely thinks poor people are.  And laws reinforce lawmakers with logic like that.  —  “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular …
Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Landrieu Steps Up Pressure on Kerry to Clear Keystone XL Pipeline  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana intensified the pressure on Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Senate colleague, to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  During a hearing on the State Department's 2015 budget …
Discussion: Hot Air
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’  —  Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called recent allegations of CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee “pretty appalling” and said the agency's response to the controversy has been “befuddling” so far.
Discussion: Politico
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner invites Pope to address Congress
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
CIA lawyer Robert Eatinger is no stranger to controversy
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
White House withholds thousands of documents from Senate CIA probe, despite vows of help
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Former NJ gov's son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide  —  The son of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine killed himself in a Mexico City hotel, sources told The Post on Thursday.  —  Jeffrey Corzine, 31, was the youngest of Corzine's three children with ex-wife and childhood sweetheart Joanne Corzine.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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 …
Clive Bates / The counterfactual:
Cease and desist: making false claims about the gateway effect  —  I am totally exasperated by nonsensical spin about the so-called gateway effect from pseudo-scientists, misguided officials, prohibitionists and propagandists.  —  Unable to take any more, I decided to write to Professor Stanton Glantz …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine  —  JOHN KERRY RUSSIA PENNAVE FOREIGN POLICY EUROPE UKRAINE EU CRIMEA  —  Secretary of State John Kerry warned of serious repercussions for Russia on Monday if last-ditch talks over the weekend to resolve the crisis in Ukraine failed …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Guardian
Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone:
Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview  —  The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet  —  At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic.  In his view, the world …
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Hecklers ejected after disrupting Christie town hall in Mount Laurel  —  MOUNT LAUREL — Angry protesters turned up at Gov. Chris Christie's town hall today, shouting criticisms about the governor's handling of the George Washington Bridge scandal and Hurricane Sandy relief funding.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jobless deal came down to wire  —  Senators struck a bipartisan deal on Thursday to revive expired long-term jobless benefits following months of dramatic stops-and-starts on the issue.  —  After an afternoon of frantic negotiations, five senators from each party announced a deal …
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Ron Paul: Putin Has ‘Law on His Side’ with Crimean Invasion  —  Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) appeared on the Fox Business Network's The Independents on Wednesday night where he was asked for his thoughts about the worsening situation in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hit & Run
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
GOP FORMER SEN. BROWN SEEKS STAFF FOR NH RUN  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » GOP former Sen. Brown seeks staff for NH run  —  BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has begun seeking campaign staff while aggressively courting New Hampshire's political elite …
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.
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is Hurting Democratic Candidates Because Republicans Are Hurting Obamacare  —  The Democrats last night narrowly lost the special election for the Florida congressional seat held for years by the late Republican Bill Young, and the pundits' verdict is clear: it's Obamacare that done it.
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Alicia Budich / CBS News:
Democrats convinced Darrell Issa can't hold Lois Lerner in contempt
Discussion: The Reaction and The Agonist
How The Upshot Will Help Navigate the News
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
A Post-Mortem on the Fla. Special Election
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Chris Matthews: ‘The Senate Goes’
Discussion: NewsBusters and Hot Air
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Longer mandate delay for some who saw health plans canceled
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Obama endangers Dems
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
McDonald's Workers in Three States File Suits Claiming Underpayment
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Man Who Accidentally Shot Himself Sues Police For Taking His Guns
Discussion: Kearney Courier
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
In narrow vote, Senate backs ending early voting on weekends
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
So how many have paid ACA premiums?
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Americans Cite Jobs, Economy, Gov't as Top U.S. Problems
Philip Elliott / Associated Press: