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10:55 AM 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.
New York Times:
Sharp Changes in Altitude and Course After Jet Lost Contact  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 experienced significant changes in altitude after it lost contact with ground control, and altered its course more than once as if still under the command of a pilot …
Missing Malaysian plane: Could it have landed?  —  From Jethro Mullen, Barbara Starr and Jim Sciutto, CNN  —  (CNN) — Yet another theory is taking shape about what might have happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Maybe it landed in a remote Indian Ocean island chain.
Discussion: Mediaite, Associated Press and Hot Air
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How Democrats can flip the script on Obamacare  —  Democratic strategist Paul Begala has some advice for Dems who are worried about their “messaging” on Obamacare after the special election loss: Stop being so damn defensive about the law and show people it's worth fighting for, already.
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: Althouse
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.
Peter Coy / Businessweek:
Is Russia Pulling Money Out of U.S. for Safekeeping?  —  There's circumstantial evidence that Russia may have yanked tens of billions of dollars in assets out of a custodial account at the U.S. Federal Reserve, possibly to keep it from being frozen by U.S. authorities in case of heightened conflict in Ukraine.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Liberaland
Agence France-Presse:
Russia says intercepted US drone over Crimea: arms group  —  Moscow (AFP) - A United States surveillance drone has been intercepted above the Ukranian region of Crimea, a Russian state arms and technology group said Friday.  —  “The drone was flying at about 4,000 metres (12,000 feet) and was virtually invisible from the ground.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Dish
50,000 Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform At Dartmouth After Student Publishes A ‘Rape Guide’  —  CREDIT: Chase Carter via Flickr Creative Commons  —  Tens of thousands of Americans are pressuring Dartmouth College to strengthen its sexual assault policies, citing the fact that a student …
Discussion: Liberaland and Shakesville
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton only Dem with edge on GOP
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joe Jervis / Joe. My. God.:
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Issues Temporary Order That Tennessee Recognize Several Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Confidante's ‘Screaming Siren’: Dems Could Face Another 2010
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
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LeBron James to Promote Affordable Care Act at President Obama's Request
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
While the West Watches Crimea, Putin Cleans House in Moscow
Discussion: National Review and The Dish
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Bill Gates: People Don't Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots
Discussion: BGR and CBS DC