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2:25 PM ET, March 15, 2014


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New York Times:
Plane Deliberately Diverted, Malaysia Says  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia announced on Saturday afternoon that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left its planned route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing as the result of deliberate action by someone aboard.
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
Missing airliner may have flown on for 7 hours  —  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that a missing passenger jet was steered off course after its communications systems were intentionally disabled and could have potentially flown for seven additional hours.
Missing Malaysian plane: Could it have landed?
Discussion: Mediaite and Associated Press
Tom Kertscher / PolitiFact:
In Context: Were Paul Ryan's poverty comments a ‘thinly veiled racial attack’?  —  The backlash to comments U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made about poverty and inner-city residents suggested that the former vice-presidential candidate had been bigoted.  —  U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. …
Ian Haney López / Politico:
Is Paul Ryan Racist?  —  He insists not, but I hope he's learned his lesson.  —  Paul Ryan triggered a firestorm of recrimination this week.  Speaking recently on Bill Bennett's Morning in America radio program, the Wisconsin Republican and self-styled budget wonk linked poverty to …
Bari Weiss / Wall Street Journal:
Thank You for Smoking—Marijuana  —  Justin Hartfield, the founder, on his plans to legalize the drug nationwide and become the Philip Morris of pot.  —  Justin Hartfield is high.  —  “I've been high since I'm 13,” the 30-year old marijuana entrepreneur says as he sips …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Althouse
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Durbin, McCain: Send weapons to Ukraine  —  A pair of senators, including a close ally to President Obama, is calling on the White House to send arms to Ukraine.  —  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), currently visiting Ukraine, said the U.S. should supply …
Discussion: Liberaland
Jackson Lears / The New Republic:
What Washington-focused liberals miss about Progressivism  —  The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)  —  It is no secret that we are living in a second Gilded Age—another era, like the first, of corrupt rule by plutocratic elites.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charlie Cook /
You Don't Need a Weatherman  —  What the seasonal and cyclical forces in American politics suggest about the coming elections.  —  The political chatter these days is about the special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District, which was held to fill the vacancy left by the late GOP Rep. Bill Young.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Balks at Obama Pick for Surgeon General  —  WASHINGTON — Facing a possible defeat in the Senate, the White House is considering delaying a vote on President Obama's choice for surgeon general or withdrawing the nomination altogether, an acknowledgment of its fraying relationship with Senate Democrats.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Fox News:
Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property  —  All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm.  He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese.
Fox News:
Charges unlikely for Houston dad accused of shooting daughter's boyfriend, prosecutor says  —  The Houston father who police say fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was inside his daughter's bedroom early Thursday morning will likely not be charged, an area prosecutor told
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Democrats are making income inequality worse  —  Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it.  So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government's role in exacerbating inequality.
Heidi Hall / USA Today:
Judge recognizes gay marriages of 3 Tennessee couples  —  NASHVILLE — A federal judge here granted a preliminary injunction Friday against the state's ban on same-sex marriage in certain instances.  —  In October three same-sex couples filed a lawsuit asking the state to recognize …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Off the Kuff
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Issues Temporary Order That Tennessee Recognize Several Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Discussion: Advocate, Joe. My. God. and Good As You
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Russia says intercepted US drone over Crimea: arms group
Peter Coy / Businessweek:
Is Russia Pulling Money Out of U.S. for Safekeeping?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
50,000 Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform At Dartmouth After Student Publishes A ‘Rape Guide’
Discussion: Liberaland and Shakesville
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