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7:40 AM ET, March 21, 2014


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Alexey A. Navalny / New York Times:
How to Punish Putin  —  MOSCOW — AS I write this, I am under house arrest.  I was detained at a rally in support of anti-Putin protesters who were jailed last month.  —  In September, I ran for mayor of Moscow as a pro-reform, pro-democracy opposition candidate and received almost a third …
Associated Press:
EU targets Putin's inner circle, scraps summit
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, RT and OnPolitics
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. and Russia Swap Sanctions Tit for Tat Over Crimean Crisis
Discussion: The Week, Fortune, Fox News and Daily Kos
We are this Generation's Workmen:
Your Dashed Hopes  —  Fred W. Phelps, Sr. Has Gone The Way of All Flesh, And Has Died on March 19, 2014  —  Westboro Baptist Church Issues the Following Commentary:  —  Psalm 2:1 ¶  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  —  The world-wide media …
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies at 84  —  TOPEKA, Kan. — The Rev. Fred Phelps, the virulently antigay preacher who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died here on Wednesday.
Discussion: American Spectator, Althouse and CNN
Sarah Plake / Associated Press:
No Funeral, After Death Of Westboro Church Founder Fred Phelps
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
News Anchor Retracts Claim That Jay Carney Gets Questions In Advance  —  Phoenix news anchor Catherine Anaya acknowledged on Thursday that she didn't have things quite right earlier this week when she said White House press secretary Jay Carney gets questions in advance from reporters.
Discussion: Politico and The Week
KPHO-TV:   Catherine Anaya  —  Three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Kos Folds Up the Big Tent  —  If Markos Moulitsas had his way there'd be no Affordable Care Act, no Dodd-Frank, no economic stimulus package.  That's the price when purity tests are applied to Democrats.  —  In a remarkable post yesterday, Moulitsas, founder and publisher …
The biggest lease holder in Canada's oil sands isn't Exxon Mobil or Chevron.  It's the Koch brothers.  —  David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)  —  You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada's oil sands, or tar sands …
Anjulie Palta / Koch Cash:   1.1 Million Acres in Canada and Counting: Koch Interest in Keystone XL Pipeline Confirmed
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.
Discussion: WJLA-TV, Taylor Marsh and CNN
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Forced To Apologize For His Reporter's Disgusting Tweets  —  A conservative reporter and his high-profile boss extended an apology to Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray on Wednesday night for a pair of crude and sexist tweets that immediately set off an uproar.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Ryan, Obama and ‘Racism’  —  Two men use similar language and the left calls one a bigot.  —  A week later, and liberals are still lining up to assail Paul Ryan's “racism.”  The episode is worth noting not because Mr. Ryan said anything wrong, but because of what it shows about the political habits of today's elected and media left.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Leslie Patton / Bloomberg:
Starbucks to Bring Alcohol Sales to Thousands of Stores  —  Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) is going big on booze.  —  Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview.
Hanna Rosin / The Atlantic Online:
The Overprotected Kid  —  A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer.  A new kind of playground points to a better solution.  —  A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers.
Associated Press:
Thousands of Preschool Kids Face Suspension  —  Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools — and they're disproportionately black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.  —  Data to be released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Koch Group Seeks Lasting Voice for Small Government  —  WASHINGTON — Americans for Prosperity — the group backed by the Koch brothers that has been pouring millions of dollars into competitive Senate races to the rising alarm of Democrats — was also among the politically active groups …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Denies Tennessee's Request To Halt Recognition Of Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  As of now, Tennessee officials must recognize three same-sex couples' marriages.  —  Jay Paul / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge has denied Tennessee's request to put …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Brown Confounded By Republican Who Benefitted From Obamacare  —  It seems Scott Brown, the once (and future?)  U.S. senator, didn't have an answer when confronted with one of his fellow Republicans who has benefitted from Obamacare.  —  The Huffington Post flagged the Wednesday story from the Coos County Democrat.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Lawrence E. Walsh, Prosecutor in Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies at 102
House To Vote On Controversial ‘No More National Parks’ Policy
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Nina Mandell / USA Today:
Delaware's coach ignored Joe Biden's good-luck call because he doesn't pick up his phone on game day
Discussion: Politico and Red Alert Politics
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Anita Hill: Biden Did ‘Terrible Job’ Running Clarence Thomas Hearings (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Noah Berlatsky / The Atlantic Online:
Students Who Do Sex Work
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
General Is Reprimanded, but Spared Jail, in Misconduct Case
Discussion: Feministing
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Fink /
This drone can steal what's on your phone
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court faces wave of free-speech cases from conservatives
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse
Sarah Jaffe / Washington Post:
Journalists' and activists' strange approach to low-wage workers