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10:55 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
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In jam over Obamacare, Dems don't know which way to turn  —  OBAMACARE KATHLEEN SEBELIUS WALL STREET JOURNAL  —  When it comes to Obamacare, many Democrats take comfort in polls showing a small majority of voters, or at least a plurality, oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act.
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
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Pelosi: Alleged CIA spying on Senate committee ‘appalling’
Discussion: Politico
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
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Hipster Homophobia: Ezra Klein's Vox hires Falwell-loving gay-bashing “gay”
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.”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jobless deal came down to wire
Discussion: Daily Kos and National Review
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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.
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
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.”
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
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
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
David Weigel / Slate:
Paul Ryan Accused of Racism for Suggesting That There's Endemic Poverty in Inner Cities  —  In conservative rhetoric, in talk radio especially, it's easy to find tone-deaf talking-down about race.  Democrats want to do to America what they did to Detroit.  Black voters don't seem to understand …
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
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Sink: ‘Open mind’ on November run
John Solomon / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama, Citing a Concern for Families, Orders a Review of Deportations
Discussion: The Plum Line and Post Politics
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
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Spotted in the Senate: Rep. Phil Gingrey, ‘Just Measuring the Drapes’
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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
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Former NJ gov's son found dead in Mexico of apparent suicide
Discussion: Business Insider
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Ron Paul: Putin Has ‘Law on His Side’ with Crimean Invasion
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hit & Run