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4:05 PM ET, March 17, 2014

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Agence France-Presse:
State TV says Russia could turn US to ‘radioactive ash’  —  Moscow (AFP) - A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash”, in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.
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Garry Kasparov / Politico:
Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
US Sanctions On Russia Freeze Top Officials' Assets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
News Anchor Warns Russia Could Blast US Into ‘Radioactive Dust’
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Russia Could Still Turn U.S. ‘Into Radioactive Dust,’ News Anchor in Moscow Reminds Viewers
Discussion: Mashable and The Raw Story
William J. Dobson / Slate:
The Malaysia Airlines Pilot's Politics  —  Zaharie Ahmad Shah supported Anwar Ibrahim.  That's common sense, not zealotry.  —  There is an axiom in Malaysian politics: Eventually everything comes back to Anwar Ibrahim.  So, the longer that the fumbling and inept investigation …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Host Speculates Whether Malaysia Jet's Disappearance Was ‘Supernatural’ (VIDEO)  —  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for so long that CNN is speculating whether its disappearance had something to do with the “supernatural.”  —  After a commercial airline pilot had trouble explaining …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
As U.S. Looks for Terror Links in Plane Case, Malaysia Rejects Extensive Help
New York Times:
Amid Mayoral Missteps, Irish Eyes Are Rolling in New York City  —  He wants to close schools for the Chinese New Year, has pledged fealty to an Israeli political group, sprinkles Spanish and Italian phrases into his speeches and speaks frequently of his wife's Caribbean heritage.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Scott Brown pans ‘self-serving’ pledge  —  Scott Brown on Saturday blasted Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) challenge to limit outside spending in the New Hampshire Senate race as “self-serving and hypocritical.”  —  Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who is gearing up for a run in New Hampshire …
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ThinkProgress:   In Abrupt Reversal, Scott Brown Slams Efforts To Limit Outside Spending In His Senate Race
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: Battle over pledge in Brown-Shaheen Senate fight
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Obama trap  —  Thanks to Obamacare, Democrats just lost a special election in a Florida House district that President Obama won in 2012.  So what do you think vulnerable Democrats in states and districts Obama lost in 2012 are thinking today?  —  Answer: Run away!
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
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Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Must Run on Obamacare in November
Discussion: The Week and PoliticusUSA
Daniel Simmons-Ritchie / Rapid City Journal:
Phil Jensen: South Dakota's most conservative lawmaker?  —  It was July 10, 2003, and Phil Jensen, a life-long Kansas boy and red-blooded Republican, was set for a big move.  —  Jensen and his wife were relocating from Wichita to Rapid City to live closer to family.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker Thinks Businesses Ought To Be Able To Deny Service To Black People
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Guinness Withdraws Sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day Parade  —  Guinness USA has dropped its sponsorship of the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York, joining protests of a ban on public expression of gay pride.  —  “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate …
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Nature:
All you need to know about gravitational waves  —  A beginner's guide to the BICEP2 discovery of primordial gravitational waves.  —  Rights & Permissions  —  Astronomers have announced the detection of the imprint of primordial ‘gravitational waves’ that originated in the Big Bang that created our Universe 13.8 billion years ago.
Discussion: The Verge
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Yahoo! News:
MH370 flew as low as 1,500m to avoid detection, says paper  —  The Malaysian Insider - 11 hrs ago  —  As the search for the missing flight MH370 enters its 10th day with few clues as to its whereabouts, the New Straits Times said today the Boeing 777-200ER dropped 5,000 feet (1,500m) to evade commercial radar detection.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Hot Air and Telegraph
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
That Old-Time Whistle  —  There are many negative things you can say about Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and the G.O.P.'s de facto intellectual leader.  But you have to admit that he's a very articulate guy, an expert at sounding as if he knows what he's talking about.
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Joe Scarborough for President?  Sure, Why Not?  —  The MSNBC host has Beltway buzz for his flirtation with the 2016 presidential race.  Republican primary voters may be a different story.  —  NASHUA, N.H.—In the end, Joe Scarborough's name wasn't on the ballot for the presidential straw poll …
kff.org:
Sizing Up Exchange Market Competition  —  The individual health insurance market historically has been highly concentrated, with only modest competition in most states.  At the time the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, a single insurer had at least half of the individual market …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Wonkblog
Fritz Klug / MLive.com:
Poll has Gary Peters leading Terri Lynn Land in US Senate race  —  A new poll has U.S. Rep Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, leading former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.  —  If the election were held now, 39.7 percent of the people asked would vote for Peters and 36.7 percent for Land …
Discussion: National Review and PoliticusUSA
Krystal Ball / msnbc.com:
The NRA shoots down a qualified Obama nominee  —  We reported last week that the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's surgeon general nominee, was in danger because Murthy has advocated gun safety and linked public health to gun violence.  Our reporting now appears to be coming true …
Discussion: NewsBusters
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Will Drug Test Welfare Recipients  —  Last week, Mississippi's state Senate passed a bill to drug test some welfare recipients after it passed the House earlier this year.  It's now waiting for a signature from Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who praised its passage.  It will take effect July 1.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — At 7 in the morning, they are already lined up — poultry plant workers, housekeepers, discount store clerks — to ask for help paying their heating bills or feeding their families.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gawker
 
 
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Koch Group Abandons Obamacare ‘Horror’ Stories After Fact-Check Backlash
Dan Hopkins / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
All Politics Is Presidential  —  Thirty-eight states will choose governors this November.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Revenge of the Republican consultants
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ex-gov announces bid for Congress
Discussion: CNN and America Rising
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