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4:10 PM ET, March 21, 2014


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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Dems ‘get clobbered’ in midterms  —  President Obama complained Thursday that Democrats “get clobbered” in midterm elections, blaming a “toxic” atmosphere in Washington for suppressing key Democratic constituencies.  —  “The challenge is that our politics in Washington have become …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
President Obama: ‘In midterms, we get clobbered’  —  President Barack Obama told Democratic donors that Democrats tend to “get clobbered” in midterm elections, and in order to win in November they need to turn out the vote.  —  Speaking at the suburban Miami home of basketball legend Alonzo Mourning …
USA Today:
RNC Chairman: Obamacare still stinks
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Clinton's Top Selling Point in 2016: First Female President  —  Top negatives are not being qualified; continuing Obama's agenda  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans say the best or most positive thing about a possible Hillary Clinton presidency — if she were to run and be elected in 2016 …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's delay: Frozen field or human shield?  —  The claim has hardened into accepted fact among many Democratic operatives: Hillary Clinton is freezing the Democratic 2016 field as she waits until possibly late this year to decide on another presidential run.
Wall Street Journal:
Leaders Seek to Rescue New York's Bike-Share Program  —  Leaders of Citi Bike are moving quickly to raise tens of millions of dollars to rescue the popular bike-share program as it loses money, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Citi Bike's bright blue bicycles have become …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End Of A Publishing Gold Rush  —  A decade ago, mainstream publishers became convinced they could make millions by churning out books for the right — and now the bubble may be bursting.  From Allan Bloom to Ann Coulter.  —  The conservative book business has seen better days.
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Dept. of Education: Black preschoolers far more likely to be suspended than white counterparts  —  Although black children only represent about 18 percent of the students enrolled in preschool, according to a study released on Friday by the Department of Education's Civil Rights division …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines
Willy Staley / New York Times:
Vice's Shane Smith: ‘Have We Unleashed a Monster?’  —  You recently began something called Vice News.  How is it different from what Vice already does?  Through YouTube, we learned that our audience wants more news.  So news is going to be its own offering.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge's Permission Before Having Sex In Own Home  —  There's nothing that sets the mood for a romantic evening like petitioning a judge for permission to have sex at the end of the night.  —  If Massachusetts State Sen. Richard J. Ross (R) …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Lindsay Toler / Daily RFT:
Chase Martinson Loses College Acceptance After Coming Out as Gay on Facebook  —  When Chase Martinson took a break from his studies at Hannibal-LaGrange University to manage his health issues, he expected it to be temporary hiccup on his path to becoming a nurse.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Adelson casino hires Blanche Lincoln  —  Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) will be lobbying for Las Vegas Sands at her firm Lincoln Policy Group, according to new disclosure records.  —  The casino, which is owned by billionaire and major GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, is pushing Congress to enact a ban on Internet gambling.
Discussion: Politico
Constanze Letsch / Guardian:
Turkey Twitter users flout Erdogan ban on micro-blogging site  —  Twitter use breaks new record in country as Turks defy purge of social media platform by Ankara  —  Turkish users of Twitter - including the country's president - have flouted a block on the social media platform …
Andy Fox / WAVY-TV:
Record cleared for student involved in razor incident  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach sixth grader who came to the aid of a classmate who was cutting his arm returned to school Friday with a clean record after initially facing expulsion for her actions.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Drudge Is (Probably) Lying About Paying A Huge Obamacare ‘Liberty Tax’  —  It seems conservative monolith Matt Drudge is taking some pride in paying the penalty for not purchasing insurance under Obamacare.  He's even got a name for it. … There's just one problem …
Discussion: and Joe. My. God.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Putin's quiet Latin America play  —  Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.  —  To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hot Air
Sam Eifling / Associated Press:
Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.  —  Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act.
Eight Year Old Reportedly Committed Suicide After Deportation  —  Children of immigrant parents sing the “Happy Birthday” song to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in front of a Capitol Hill office building.  —  CREDIT: ThinkProgress/ Esther Y. Lee  —  An eight year old reportedly committed suicide …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders, raising fears of domestic spying  —  CRIME WATCHDOG THE PENTAGON FBI BIG GOVERNMENT NATIONAL SECURITY TERRORISM ACCOUNTABILITY NAVY CIVIL RIGHTS ACLU FOURTH AMENDMENT  —  A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Kingmaker's Death Lays Bare Erosion of Parties' Authority  —  WASHINGTON — When Robert S. Strauss headed the Democratic Party in the early 1970s, he was a man of unusual sway.  A phone call could change a presidential campaign, or at times, even the presidency itself.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Monkey Cage
Paul Ryan Claims Most Minimum Wage Workers Are Young And Just Starting Out  —  ELKHORN, WI — Raising the minimum wage would destroy the entry-level opportunities that young Americans need to start “climbing the ladder of life,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Thursday at a town hall meeting.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
FBI agent cleared in Florida shooting of suspect questioned about Boston bombing  —  A Florida prosecutor has ruled that an FBI agent was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a Chechen man connected to two brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing.
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Brandon McGinley / The Federalist:
Why Is Planned Parenthood Working To Unseat Gosnell Victim's Cousin?
Discussion: American Spectator and RedState
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Andrea Tantaros Becomes First Fox Host to Compare MH370 to Benghazi
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NBC News ‘Doubling Down’ On David Gregory As ‘Meet The Press’ Expands Online
Taiwan Legislature occupiers' ultimatum passes without response from government
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Week
Kolten Parker / Texas Politics:
Women earn more in Wendy Davis' Senate office than men
Ashley Killough / CNN:
2016 watch: Biden heads to New Hampshire
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's pathetic response to Putin's invasion of Crimea
Wall Street Journal:
Ryan, Obama and ‘Racism’
Discussion: Mediaite
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.
We are this Generation's Workmen:
Your Dashed Hopes  —  Fred W. Phelps, Sr. Has Gone …