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9:15 PM ET, March 21, 2014


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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: Joe. My. God. and Daily Kos
The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment - An Overview  —  IRS Health Care Tax Tip 2014-04, March 20, 2014  —  Starting January 2014, you and your family must either have health insurance coverage throughout the year, qualify for an exemption from coverage, or make a payment when you file …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Creationists Demand Airtime On ‘Cosmos’ For The Sake Of Balance  —  The Creationist group Answers In Genesis, which was already incensed about Neil deGrasse Tyson's revival of Cosmos, is now complaining that the show lacks scientific balance because it fails to provide airtime for evolution deniers.
Paul Waldman / The Plum Line:
Can the Sunday shows get better?  —  In the Washington media world, there's no more rarefied spot, both for the host and the guests, than that of the network Sunday morning shows.  So why are they so predictable, and predictably boring?  —  Most members of Congress would kill to be interviewed …
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.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional  —  A federal judge in Michigan on Friday ruled the state's 2004 ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the Detroit Free Press reported: … In his ruling, Senior United States District Judge Bernard A. Friedman wrote that the ban violates …
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and Joe. My. God.
Associated Press:
Judge strikes down Mich. same-sex marriage ban
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Roger Cohen / New York Times:   Cold Man in the Kremlin
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's pathetic response to Putin's invasion of Crimea
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.
Chris Stigall / CBS Philly:
Sharyl Attkisson: There Is Coordination Between Reporters And Politicians  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Chris Stigall talked to former CBS News Reporter Sharyl Attkisson this morning on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about the trouble reporters have to deal with while covering politicians and the government …
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
Casey Blake / USA Today:
School will allow boy to bring My Little Pony backpack  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Grayson Bruce's My Little Pony backpack will return, and with it may come new initiatives to prevent bullying in local schools.  —  Buncombe County Schools administrators met Thursday with the mother of Grayson Bruce …
Bill / Catholic League:
GAY PRIDE PARADE WON'T BEND ITS RULES  —  Bill Donohue comments on his exchange with officials from New York's Heritage of Pride parade:  —  For the past few days I have been engaged in an e-mail conversation with officials from the Heritage of Pride parade, New York's annual gay event; the dialogue has been cordial.
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
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.
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: National Review and Daily Kos
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 …
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Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg, Musk Invest in Artificial-Intelligence Company
Discussion: Wired, Guardian and Re/code
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
In Defense of Empire  —  It can ensure stability and protect …
Discussion: Guardian
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
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Adelson casino hires Blanche Lincoln
Discussion: Politico
Eight Year Old Reportedly Committed Suicide After Deportation
Discussion: The Raw Story
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
FBI agent cleared in Florida shooting of suspect questioned about Boston bombing
New York Times:
Kingmaker's Death Lays Bare Erosion of Parties' Authority
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Monkey Cage