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7:40 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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why millennials have abandoned Obama  —  The day before the Iowa caucuses in 2008, I wrote about the massive crowds of young people at Barack Obama rallies, noting that his candidacy would collapse “if they don't show up.”  —  The next night, after Obama's victory celebration in Des Moines …
Discussion: Liberaland
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?
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
In old memo, a glimpse of conflict ahead for Hillary Clinton?  —  Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton in January at the swearing-in of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Newly released Clinton White House documents may signal conflict ahead as Hillary Clinton considers her own presidential run.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Nafeez Ahmed / Guardian:
Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’?  —  Natural and social scientists develop new model of how ‘perfect storm’ of crises could unravel global system  —  A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect …
Discussion: The Agonist and Vox Popoli
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
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
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Washington Post:
Tensions mount as Crimea prepares for referendum
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
Heidi Hall / USA Today:
Judge recognizes gay marriages of 3 Tennessee couples
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Democrats are making income inequality worse
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Agence France-Presse:
Russia says intercepted US drone over Crimea: arms group
Discussion: RIA Novosti
Charlie Cook /
You Don't Need a Weatherman  —  What the seasonal and cyclical forces …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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