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11:55 AM ET, March 19, 2014


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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
O-Care premiums to skyrocket  —  Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.  —  The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs.
President Obama's Final 4 revealed  —  President Barack Obama, the nation's first basketball fan, took marker to bracket with ESPN again at the White House and selected defending tournament champion Louisville, No. 1 overall seed Florida, top seed Arizona and Michigan State to advance to this year's NCAA men's Final Four.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Obama reveals Final Four bracket picks
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Malaysia Turns to F.B.I. for Help in Plane Inquiry  —  SEPANG, Malaysia — The Malaysian authorities say some data was deleted from the flight simulator that one of the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet had built in his home, and they have turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Discussion: Liberaland, Gawker and The Week
James Carville / The Hill:
Throw the lead to November  —  In early February this year, I wrote a column for The Hill in which I tried to talk Democrats off the cliff.  I warned them against having such a gloomy outlook for November.  To tell you the truth, though, when I saw the result from the Florida special election last Tuesday …
Sean Sullivan / The Fix:
The four biggest takeaways from the Illinois primaries  —  Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to pick nominees for federal and state races, several of which will be among the most hotly contested in the country this fall.  —  Here's what stood out most about the results:
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate  —  Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere.  Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Union frustration adds to Dems' woes  —  An angry and deflated union base is adding to the midterm woes for congressional Democrats.  —  Parts of the labor coalition are fed up with the White House over ObamaCare and the delayed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and they are making clear …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
L. Gordon Crovitz / Wall Street Journal:
America's Internet Surrender  —  By unilaterally retreating from online oversight, the White House pleased regimes that want to control the Web.  —  The Internet is often described as a miracle of self-regulation, which is almost true.  The exception is that the United States government has had ultimate control from the beginning.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Lawfare
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
7-11 Clerk Says She Was Fired For Giving Freezing Homeless Man A $1 Cup Of Coffee  —  Ava Lins, a 19-year-old clerk at 7-11, started making small talk with a homeless man who came into the store last Thursday night.  He told her that the homeless shelter was full and he didn't know where he was going to sleep.
Discussion: WCVB Channel 5 and MyFoxBoston
Ken Lovett / NY Daily News:
Ken Langone Apologizes For Comments Linking Fight Against Income Inequality To The Nazis (UPDATED)  —  Kenneth Langone has issued a statement apologizing for his comments linking the progressive's strategy to fight income inequality to Nazi Germany.  —  “My remarks were intended …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Libertarian-leaning Paul heads to liberal-leaning campus  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul, who's become known for venturing into unfamiliar territory for Republicans, will speak Wednesday at the liberal hotbed of the University of California at Berkeley.  —  The Kentucky Republican is expected …
Discussion: Politico
Harold Meyerson /
How to Raise Americans' Wages  —  Eight proposals to jump-start the incomes of workers.  —  Once upon a time in a faraway land—the United States following World War II—workers reaped what they sowed.  From 1947 through 1973, their income rose in lockstep with increases in productivity.
Kane shut down sting that snared Phila. officials  —  The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office ran an undercover sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city's state House delegation, on tape accepting money, The Inquirer has learned.
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky Senate passes bill to let Rand Paul run for re-election and president in 2016  —  FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make clear U.S. Sen. Rand Paul may run for two federal offices at once.  —  Household political names like Lyndon Johnson, Joe Lieberman …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Crimea crisis: Fears of war grow after Ukrainian officer is killed at military base in Simferopol  —  In an extraordinary day which redrew the map of Europe, fears were growing that widespread violence would erupt in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Greens pressure Obama to reject expansion of natural gas exports  —  Environmental groups called on President Obama Tuesday to reject pending applications to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, citing the negative impacts from natural gas throughout its life cycle.
Discussion: Hot Air
Marian Burros / New York Times:
White House's Top Pastry Chef to Leave Post  —  WASHINGTON — The first lady, Michelle Obama, is soon to lose her executive pastry chef, Bill Yosses.  And she is partly to blame.  —  She has piqued his interest in the relationship between food and health, he said in a recent telephone interview …
Obama selects replacement for departing top aide
Discussion: Politico
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
McConnell fundraiser: Wives have ‘obligation’ to sleep with husbands
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
Jonathan Allen / Political Capital:
Biden's Gavel Gaffe in Poland
Bob McManus / New York Post:
Cuomo's grasp of public opinion leaves de Blasio looking dumb
Discussion: Politicker
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Introducing ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Obama and Abbas meeting ‘difficult’, says chief Palestinian negotiator
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The Liberal Slandering of Paul Ryan
Discussion: Hot Air and The Fix
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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
U.S. Prosecutors in New Jersey Sought Port Authority Records on Bridge Contracts
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Young Invincibles Are Killing Obamacare
Discussion: AEIdeas
Katie Fretland / The Colorado Independent:
Records show Oklahoma officials wanted perks for helping Texas in search for scarce lethal injections
Discussion: Mediaite and TalkLeft
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Nancy Pelosi Admits That Congress Is Scared Of The CIA