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7:35 AM ET, March 18, 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 …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The 1930s are calling  —  Commentators with a cruel memory have recalled the moment from one of the 2012 presidential debates when President Obama cited Mitt Romney's warning about the growing threat from Russia and dismissed it with a superficially sophisticated remark: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Hit & Run
Garry Kasparov / Politico:
Vladimir Putin and the Lessons of 1938
Discussion:, CNN and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kathy Finn / Reuters:
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwards, a convicted felon, to run for Congress
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ex-gov announces bid for Congress
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.
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 …
Elad Benari / Arutz Sheva:
Erekat: Israel Must Choose - ‘Settlements’ or Peace  —  The chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on Monday once again blamed Israel for the lack of progress in peace talks, saying that the Israelis must choose between “settlements” and peace.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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: Taylor Marsh
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
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: Politico and Associated Press
Michael Wines / New York Times:
West's Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights  —  MUMFORD, Tex. — Across the parched American West, the long drought has set off a series of fierce legal and political battles over who controls an increasingly dear treasure — water.  —  Just outside this minuscule farm town …
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: Wired, The Verge and Sean Carroll
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
ObamaCare enrollments hit 5 million
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
SEAL Team Raids a Tanker and Thwarts a Militia's Bid to Sell Libyan Oil
Guardian editor receives European Press award for Edward Snowden story
Matthew Perrone / Associated Press:
Marijuana Study In Veterans Wins Federal Backing
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and ThinkProgress
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Stenographer: ‘Assignment’ From Holy Spirit Prompted Outburst On House Floor
Discussion: Mediaite
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Sizing Up Exchange Market Competition
Discussion: Wonkblog and Talking Points Memo
Dan Hopkins / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
All Politics Is Presidential  —  Thirty-six 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
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Revenge of the Republican consultants
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Obama's Policy Is Put to the Test as Crises Challenge Caution