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12:05 PM ET, March 18, 2014

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Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
Romney: The Price of Failed Leadership  —  The President's failure to act when action was possible has diminished respect for the U.S. and made troubles worse.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Mitt Romney: President Obama, Hillary Clinton ‘failure’  —  Mitt Romney is blaming President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the situation in Ukraine, as well as other foreign policy debacles, citing a “failure” in their leadership.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
What the Fox Knows  —  FiveThirtyEight is a data journalism organization.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The kids are all right.  ObamaCare's not so hot.  —  What's the matter with kids today?  Dana Milbank, a grumpy old man at the Washington Post, would like to know.  He's not literally talking about kids, but about voting age adults—the “army of 15 million voters under 30” who “swept …
Discussion: National Review and VodkaPundit
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Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
March Madness? Fake ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare enrollments hit 5 million
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 5 Million
Politico:
The rich strike back  —  NEW YORK — Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes.
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 …
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New York Times:
Defying West, Putin Signs Treaty to Annex Crimea  —  MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin claimed Crimea as a part of Russia on Tuesday, reversing what he described as a historical mistake made by the Soviet Union 60 years ago and brushing aside international condemnation that could leave Russia deeply isolated for years to come.
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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.
Gregg Easterbrook / New York Times:
Out of Control  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN mass murderers took over the cockpits of four American airliners on Sept. 11, 2001, one of the first things they did was turn off the transponders, so the planes would not register properly on civilian radar.  —  A few months later …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: How Obama ‘Gets Things Done’  —  We need a president who rarely thinks and never speaks about how he looks in jeans.  —  Maybe Barack Obama should have given Zach Galifianakis an off-ramp, like the one he keeps trying to offer Vladimir Putin.  Those were some pretty barbed lines …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Christopher Baxter / New Jersey Online:
New bridge scandal emails bring in key Christie political strategist  —  TRENTON — Records released today by a legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings link Gov. Chris Christie's chief political strategist to discussions about fallout from the scandal …
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Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
New set of emails, texts on N.J. bridge scandal turned over to judge
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Ron Paul / USA Today:
Crimea secedes.  So what?  —  Residents of Crimea voted over the weekend on whether they would remain an autonomous region of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation.  In so doing, they joined a number of countries and regions — including recently Scotland, Catalonia and Venice …
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Wendy Davis Is One Step Closer To Turning Texas Purple  —  A new poll shows Wendy Davis within single digits of her Republican opponent—one more sign that Texas's voters are no longer reliably red.  —  Let's start by stating the obvious: It is hard for a Democrat to win statewide office in Texas today.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP blinders on civil rights  —  Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican from Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District, is standing near the blood stained driveway in Jackson where civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated as he fought for black voting rights in 1963.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chair: ‘Tsunami’ Election Coming, Especially In The Senate  —  The way Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus sees it, 2014 won't be an average election for the party out of power.  It'll be a “tsunami” wave election.  —  At a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
A Campaign Inquiry in Utah Is the Watchdogs' Worst Case  —  It is the nightmare scenario for those who worry that the modern campaign finance system has opened up new frontiers of political corruption: A candidate colludes with wealthy corporate backers and promises to defend their interests if elected.
Bobby Jindal / New York Post:
Bill de Blasio's war for poverty  —  This year, many on the left are celebrating 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty — an era that saw the creation of massive new government programs that liberals proclaimed would raise living standards for the poor.
Discussion: Post Politics
Kathy Finn / Reuters:
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, a convicted felon, to run for Congress  —  (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who had served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, said on Monday he will seek election to the U.S. Congress.  —  The 86-year-old Democrat …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
White House Jumps Through Hoops to Increase Obamacare Enrollment
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Russia's brutality with Ukraine is nothing new
Variety:
Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Guardian, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Putative Bitcoin Founder Categorically Denies It
Elad Benari / Arutz Sheva:
Erekat: Israel Must Choose - ‘Settlements’ or Peace
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
SEAL Team Raids a Tanker and Thwarts a Militia's Bid to Sell Libyan Oil
Michael Wines / New York Times:
West's Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The 1930s are calling  —  Commentators with a cruel memory …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Hit & Run
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Stenographer: ‘Assignment’ From Holy Spirit Prompted Outburst On House Floor
Discussion: Mediaite