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10:35 PM ET, March 17, 2014


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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators  —  Putin is set to respond to Obama's sanctions of Russian officials with his own list.  Several U.S. Senators and officials will be banned from visiting Russia, including Sen. Dick Durbin.  —  U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials …
ABC News:
Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama's Sanctions  —  MOSCOW - Russia's deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama's sanction against him today asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.  —  The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials …
New York Times:
Defying Sanctions, Putin Declares Crimea Independent  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia signed a decree late Monday night formally recognizing Ukraine's Crimea region as a “sovereign and independent state,” defying the United States and Europe just hours after they imposed …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S., E.U. announce sanctions following vote in Crimea  —  The Obama administration slapped sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials Monday, saying it was targeting “cronies” and senior advisers of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian arms industry and those responsible …
Garry Kasparov / Politico:
Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
US Sanctions On Russia Freeze Top Officials' Assets
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
What the Fox Knows  —  FiveThirtyEight is a data journalism organization.  Let me explain what we mean by that, and why we think the intersection of data and journalism is so important.  —  If you're a casual reader of FiveThirtyEight, you may associate us with election forecasting …
Marilyn Tavenner /
Marketplace Enrollment Hits 5 Million Milestone  —  As this historic open enrollment period enters its final weeks, millions of Americans are finding quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Fernando Valdez and Denise Schroeder were part of a weekend wave of consumers signing …
Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
L'Wren Scott dead: Fashion designer and Mick Jagger girlfriend found dead in apparent suicide  —  Mick Jagger is ‘completely shocked and devastated by the news,’ spokesperson says in statement.  Scott's body, discovered hanging from a scarf tied to a doorknob in her apartment on 11th Avenue …
Lauren McGaughy / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
It's official: Edwin Edwards is running for Congress  —  Just three years after his release from federal prison, former Gov. Edwin Edwards is throwing his hat into the open race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District.  —  The 86-year-old Silver Fox, known for his memorable …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ex-gov announces bid for Congress
Discussion: America Rising and CNN
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker Thinks Businesses Ought To Be Able To Deny Service To Black People
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Malaysia Backtracks on When Airliner's Communications Were Disabled  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — As the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stretched into a 10th day, the Malaysian authorities on Monday identified the plane's first officer as the last person in the cockpit to speak to ground control.
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Koch Group Abandons Obamacare ‘Horror’ Stories After Fact-Check Backlash  —  Have we heard the last Obamacare “horror” story?  If new ads from the Koch Brothers-backed group are any indication, we might have.  —  Americans for Prosperity, the well-funded conservative group …
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
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Stenographer: ‘Assignment’ From Holy Spirit Prompted Outburst On House Floor  —  The stenographer who was carried off the House floor in October for an outburst in which she yelled into a microphone about God, Freemasons and a divided government explained in a video published Sunday that she acted on “assignment” from the Holy Spirit.
Discussion: Mediaite
Mother Jones:
24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America  —  The only thing green about that bud is its chlorophyll.  —  You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies?  Think again.  The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic.
Discussion: Watts Up With That?
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The 1930s are calling  —  Commentators with a cruel memory have recalled the moment from one of the 2012 president debates when President Obama cited Mitt Romney's warning about the growing threat from Russia and dismissed it with a superficially sophisticated one-liner: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Hit & Run
Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
New set of emails, texts on N.J. bridge scandal turned over to judge  —  (CNN) - Newly revealed emails between key figures in a political scandal roiling the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were turned over to a state court judge on Monday.  —  Members of a legislative …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
In Abrupt Reversal, Scott Brown Slams Efforts To Limit Outside Spending In His Senate Race  —  In 2012, then-Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) proposed a “People's Pledge” to keep outside groups from interfering in his re-election race against now-Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D).
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
NY Daily News:
Hunger crisis: Charities are strained as nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers depend on aid for food  —  In a city of wealth, 1.4 million people rely on a network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens to eat.  That's an increase of 200,000 people in five years, and the city's programs are struggling to keep up with that need.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Revenge of the Republican consultants  —  Ten of the consulting firms that formed the core of the push to elect Mitt Romney — reaping a combined $1 billion in the process — have survived a tea party assault and are again among the highest-grossing and best-positioned players in Republican politics.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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David Cole / The New York Review of Books:
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Matthew Perrone / Associated Press:
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Dan Hopkins / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
All Politics Is Presidential  —  Thirty-eight states will choose governors this November.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Krystal Ball /
The NRA shoots down a qualified Obama nominee
Discussion: Guardian and NewsBusters
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Democrats' Obama trap
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
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Discussion: PoliticusUSA and National Review
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape
Discussion: The Other McCain, Gawker and Daily Kos
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CNN Host Speculates Whether Malaysia Jet's Disappearance Was ‘Supernatural’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Yahoo! News:
MH370 flew as low as 1,500m to avoid detection, says paper
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, Hot Air and Telegraph