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10:40 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  —  As America settles in for another round of March Madness, its basketball fan in chief is releasing his bracket for the NCAA College Basketball Championships.  —  President Barack Obama's Final Four picks for the men's and women's tournaments …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
America Is Too Broke to Rescue Ukraine
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and National Review
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:   PUTIN'S POWER PLAY
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.
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.
Bob McManus / New York Post:
Cuomo's grasp of public opinion leaves de Blasio looking dumb  —  Is anybody looking dumber than Bill de Blasio right about now?  —  Tuesday's Quinnipiac University poll gave him a 45 percent public-approval rating, down from 53 percent in January.  This is consistent with earlier surveys, and it is astonishingly low for a new mayor.
Discussion: Politicker
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CNN's Ratings Surge Covering the Mystery of the Missing Airliner  —  On CNN, the plane rises from misty clouds accompanied by an eerie background score while anchors offer intriguing details — some new, some days old — of the disappearance of Flight 370.  The reports, broadcast continually …
Chris Goodfellow / Wired:
A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
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
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Introducing ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times  —  This post is the inaugural edition of an effort to point out some of the more regrettable examples of anonymous quotations in The Times.  I've written about this from time to time, as have my predecessors, to no little or no avail.
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.
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.
Ben Casselman / FiveThirtyEightFiveThirtyEight:
When Living Wage Is Minimum Wage  —  A generation ago, people making the minimum wage were largely teenagers.  Today, as President Obama pushes to give 25 million low-wage workers a raise, that's no longer true.  —  The minimum wage debate hinges on an essential question: Who would be affected by an increase?
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: Lawfare
Malaysia plane relatives dragged from news conference  —  Relatives were forcibly removed while trying to speak to journalists  —  Frustration with the search for missing flight MH370 boiled over into chaotic scenes as Chinese relatives were dragged away from journalists.
Discussion: Hot Air, Gawker and The Gateway Pundit
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” …
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Jonathan Allen / Political Capital:
Biden's Gavel Gaffe in Poland
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
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
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Katie Fretland / The Colorado Independent:
Oklahoma scramble to find lethal injections prompts delay in two executions
Discussion: Mediaite and TalkLeft
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Nancy Pelosi Admits That Congress Is Scared Of The CIA
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
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
GOP Lawmaker Says Sick Leave, Equal Pay Bills Make Women ‘Look Like Whiners’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
James Hamblin / The Atlantic Online:
The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains
Discussion: Prairie Weather