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1:30 PM ET, March 14, 2014


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Exclusive: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course - sources  —  (Reuters) - Military radar data suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown hundreds of miles off course, heightening suspicions of foul play among investigators …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Jetliner ‘Pinged’ Satellites With Location, Altitude for Hours After Disappearance  —  WSJ has confirmed that the pilot had the ability to manually turn off the transponder on Flight MH370.  Why is the transponder so significant?  WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.
ABC News:
Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately, US Officials Say … Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure.
Sierra Marquina / Ryan Seacrest:
President Barack Obama Talks Affordable Care Act, Zach Galifianakis, and Shopping at Gap  —  President of the United States Barack Obama phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday to encourage young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and revealed how he was able to keep …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: O-Care won't hurt Dems
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In jam over Obamacare, Dems don't know which way to turn
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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: Washington Monthly and Instapundit
Associated Press:
Lavrov: No common vision with US on Ukraine  —  LONDON (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that differences remain between Moscow and the U.S. following negotiations in London aimed at ending the crisis in Ukraine, whose strategic Crimea region is voting this weekend on whether to secede.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov meet for talks on Crimea vote
Discussion: Mashable and Outside the Beltway
CBS News:
Scott Brown to launch exploratory committee for N.H. Senate bid  —  In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, then-Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Brown has begun seeking campaign staff while courting New Hampshire's political elite.  AP/ALEX BRANDON  —  Shares -
Discussion: ThinkProgress, OnPolitics and Mediaite
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 …
Nick Anderson / Washington Post:
New Obama administration proposal to regulate for-profit colleges  —  The Obama administration is proposing to tighten oversight of for-profit colleges through new rules that seek to limit how much debt students can amass in career-training programs.  —  The proposal, announced Friday …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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) …
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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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Zuckerberg Says He Called Obama To Express ‘Frustration’ Over NSA Surveillance
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Most Do Not See Global Warming as Serious Threat
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Yahoo! News:
Moms of Jonah Hill, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez: Enroll in Obamacare
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
How to stop — or slow — Putin
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
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Number of U.S. millionaires hits new high
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Murray Carpenter / The Atlantic Online:
Why It's So Hard for Obama to Be Tough on Russia
Discussion: VodkaPundit and New York Times
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
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
Clive Bates / The counterfactual:
Cease and desist: making false claims about the gateway effect
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Former NJ gov's son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide
Discussion: Gothamist and Business Insider