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11:45 AM ET, March 14, 2014


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Daily Mail:
Officials ‘convinced’ two communications systems on missing jet were deliberately shut off 14-minutes apart as it emerges aircraft DID keep ‘pinging’ for hours after vanishing at 35,000 ft  — U.S. official said two separate communication systems were shut down ‘deliberately’ shortly after take-off
John Solomon / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee  —  Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absence  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah)  —  FBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors …
ABC News:
Utah Officials Call on Feds to Investigate Senators Reid, Lee
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: O-Care won't hurt Dems  —  Republicans are “wasting their time” using ObamaCare as an electoral issue, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday.  —  Days after the healthcare law was seen as a decisive issue in her party's special election loss in Florida …
Discussion: Fox News, RedState and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In jam over Obamacare, Dems don't know which way to turn
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
John McCain cites Ronald Reagan, slams GOP on Ukraine aid  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped fellow Republicans on Thursday for objecting to a package of aid and sanctions to respond to the Ukrainian crisis, calling himself “embarrassed” and telling his GOP colleagues: “Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans.”
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid blames Ukraine standoff on Kochs
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fear of Wages  —  Four years ago, some of us watched with a mixture of incredulity and horror as elite discussion of economic policy went completely off the rails.  Over the course of just a few months, influential people all over the Western world convinced themselves and each …
Jamie Self / The State:
ELECTION 2014: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator “ambiguously gay”  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Four of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's announced challengers in June's Republican primary pledged support for each other Thursday if any of them end up in a runoff with the Seneca incumbent.
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov meet for talks on Crimea vote  —  US secretary of state meets Russian foreign minister at ambassador's residence in London as he tries to halt Crimea referendum  —  • Crimea's referendum: how did we get here?
Discussion: Mashable and Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine
Discussion: Firedoglake, Yahoo! News and Guardian
Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits in Frustration With Bureaucracy  —  The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the “remarkably dysfunctional” federal bureaucracy.
Boston Beer Company, Sam Adams Cancel Participation in the St. Patrick's Day Parade  —  For questions regarding this statement, please contact:  —  Boston Beer Company  —  Statement from the Boston Beer Company:  —  “We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Warnings From the Ukraine Crisis  —  A new century's dangers begin to come into focus.  —  What has been happening in Ukraine is not a wake-up call precisely but a tugging at the attention, a demand to focus.  —  There's a sense that in some new way we are watching the 21st century take its shape and express its central realities.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The paradox of the “Ban Bossy” campaign.  —  It's a five-letter word beginning with B, and if Sheryl Sandberg and Anna Maria Chavez have their way, it will never again be used in polite company in reference to a woman, or especially a girl.  The word, of course, is “bossy.”
Obamacare Foes Run Nearly Half of Early Ads for Congress  —  President Barack Obama's health-care law is fueling an explosion in early television advertising before November's congressional elections, with close to half the commercials attacking the measure.
Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project:
Worldwide, Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality  —  Survey Report  —  Many people around the world think it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person, according to surveys in 40 countries by the Pew Research Center.  However, this view is more common in poorer countries than in wealthier ones.
Discussion: American Prospect and The Week
Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It  —  The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn't particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success.  In the days prior to Thanksgiving 2013, someone installed malware in Target's (TGT) …
Murray Carpenter / The Atlantic Online:
Why It's So Hard for Obama to Be Tough on Russia  —  It is not uncommon for second-term presidents to turn more of their attention and focus to foreign policy.  Domestic politics and policy become increasingly frustrating, as the president's partisans in Congress hunker down in preparation …
Discussion: New York Times and VodkaPundit
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
A Carter Could Turn Georgia Blue  —  Dramatic population shifts put Georgia on the path to joining North Carolina and Virginia in the electoral toss-up column.  Jason Carter, Jimmy's grandson, wants to lead the way.  —  As Wendy Davis's campaign for Texas governor flounders …
Yahoo! News:
Moms of Jonah Hill, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez: Enroll in Obamacare  —  Long before Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine was People Magazine's “sexiest man alive,” he was “rambunctious, mischievous, naughty,” his mom Patsy Noah says in a new ad meant to get more young people to sign up for Obamacare.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Emily Jane Fox /
Number of U.S. millionaires hits new high  —  It looks like the rich have finally shaken off the recession.  —  The number of U.S. households with a net worth of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, rose to 9.63 million in 2013, according to a new report from Spectrem Group, a consulting and research firm.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Resurrecting Republican Populism  —  If you want to cut to the heart of what's gone wrong in the Republican Party over the last two presidential cycles, you could do worse than start with this post from the liberal blogger Kevin Drum, lamenting the weakness of his own party's pitch to working and middle class voters:
Discussion: Instapundit
Jillian C. York / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A Short Guide to the Internet's Biggest Enemies  —  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index this week—a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers, and conduct surveillance of their citizens.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to stop — or slow — Putin
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Sink: ‘Open mind’ on November run
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama, Citing a Concern for Families, Orders a Review of Deportations
Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88
Discussion: The Agonist
Joe Biden / CNN:
Biden jokes presidential run would be bad for his golf game
Phillip Inman / Guardian:
China's Li Keqiang warns investors to prepare for wave of bankruptcies
Discussion: ParaPundit and Vox Popoli
Sarah Mimms /
Spotted in the Senate: Rep. Phil Gingrey, ‘Just Measuring the Drapes’
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Hank Campbell / The Federalist:
Five Things Neil deGrasse Tyson's “Cosmos” Gets Wrong
Discussion: Guardian
Alicia Budich / CBS News:
Democrats convinced Darrell Issa can't hold Lois Lerner in contempt
Discussion: The Reaction and The Agonist
Clive Bates / The counterfactual:
Cease and desist: making false claims about the gateway effect
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alicia Mundy / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Landrieu Steps Up Pressure on Kerry to Clear Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: Hot Air
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Former NJ gov's son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide
Discussion: Gothamist and Business Insider
Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone:
Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview
Discussion: The Switch
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Ezra Klein's Queer New Hire