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3:20 AM ET, March 19, 2014


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Chris Goodfellow / Wired:
A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet  —  There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  Terrorism, hijacking, meteors.  I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it's almost disturbing.  I tend to look for a simpler explanation …
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  —  Washington (CNN) - A longtime aide to President Barack Obama is being upped to the White House's top operations role.  —  Anita Decker Breckenridge, who has worked for Obama since his days as an Illinois state senator …
Discussion: Politico
Erin O'Neill / New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie town hall disrupted by protesters again  —  SOUTH RIVER — A group of Rutgers University students, as well as union representatives, were kicked out of a town hall meeting with Gov. Chris Christie today.  —  The group rose up in unison after Christie finished answering …
Christie faces pushback; defends conservative credentials
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
Washington Post:
NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls  —  The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country's telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Feds confirm Bush-era e-mail surveillance
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.
Discussion: American Spectator and CBS DC
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains  —  Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems.  But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater.  Why children and the poor are most susceptible …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Don't Tell Ruth Ginsburg to Retire  —  If Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had followed advice from male law professors like me, she would probably not be where she is today.  —  Her entire career has involved defying expectations and forcing her way into places where she did not “belong” …
Adam Winkler / Slate:
And that's why Hobby Lobby should lose at the Supreme Court.
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
U.S. Prosecutors in New Jersey Sought Port Authority Records on Bridge Contracts  —  Federal prosecutors in New Jersey subpoenaed records last week relating to potential conflicts of interest involving the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman, David Samson …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Steve Kastenbaum / CNN:
New set of emails, texts on N.J. bridge scandal turned over to judge
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Texas GOP Chief Tells Women To Become ‘Better Negotiators’ Instead Of Suing Over Pay  —  Texas Gop Equal Pay Greg Abbott Fair Pay Video Texas Gop Fair Pay Beth Cubriel Equal Pay Greb Abbott Equal Pay Politics News  —  The day after the head of a Texas GOP women's PAC flubbed her answer on equal pay …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Wendy Davis Is One Step Closer To Turning Texas Purple
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America Is Too Broke to Rescue Ukraine  —  The real contest between Russia and the West involves economics, not military might.  —  If only America were fighting more wars, Russia would never have taken Crimea.  That's basically the argument John McCain made last Friday in The New York Times.
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:   PUTIN'S POWER PLAY
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Lawmaker Says Sick Leave, Equal Pay Bills Make Women ‘Look Like Whiners’  —  Minnesota Women Whiners Minnesota Whiners Andrea Keiffer Whiners Minnesota Womens Economic Security Act Politics News  —  A package of bills in Minnesota that would enhance women's economic security by raising the minimum wage …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Reince Priebus predicts 2014 GOP ‘tsunami’
Discussion: Mediaite, Poliglot, CNN and Hot Air
KOMO News:
2 killed as KOMO News helicopter crashes near Space Needle  —  SEATTLE - Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burst into flames Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle.  —  Emergency personnel immediately rushed …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post, Politico and Poynter
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Meet Cloak, the ‘antisocial’ network that helps you avoid people  —  We have myriad tech-enabled ways to encounter friends (and strangers!) in real life.  We can check in on Foursquare.  Tag a location on Instagram.  Swipe on Tinder.  Tweet, from just about anywhere.
Katie Fretland / The Colorado Independent:
Oklahoma scramble to find lethal injections prompts delay in two executions  —  Oklahoma's inability to find regulated forms of lethal injection drugs has prompted postponements of two executions that had been planned for this week and next.  —  The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided today …
Discussion: Mediaite and TalkLeft
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.
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Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The Liberal Slandering of Paul Ryan
Discussion: The Fix and The Federalist
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Deterioration in U.S.-Russian Relations May Disrupt Coming Talks With Iran
Discussion: Power Line, emptywheel and Fox News
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Young Invincibles Are Killing Obamacare
Discussion: AEIdeas
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Nancy Pelosi Admits That Congress Is Scared Of The CIA
Brandon Keim / Wired:
Voracious Worm Evolves to Eat Biotech Corn Engineered to Kill It
Anne Barnard / New York Times:
Three Years of Strife and Cruelty Put Syria in Free Fall
Discussion: Business Insider
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama to Hispanics: We won't deport relatives because you enroll in ObamaCare
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Politico:
Oprah to raise money for Virginia Democrat Lavern Chatman
Discussion: CNN
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Report: Navy Yard shooting preventable
Discussion: National Review
Political Insider blog:
Paul Broun spends $33k in office cash on rhetoric coach
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Are Transponders the Main Problem? In a Word, No
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Fischer: God Hasn't Struck Down Bill Maher In Order To Give Him A Chance To Repent