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6:20 AM ET, March 22, 2014


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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.
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Creationists demand equal airtime on Neil deGrasse Tyson's ‘Cosmos’ to provide ‘balance’  —  Creationists held a pity party for themselves Thursday because “Cosmos” isn't being fair and balanced to their beliefs.  —  “Creationists aren't even on the radar screen for them …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
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 …
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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: Joe. My. God.
Associated Press:
Judge strikes down Mich. same-sex marriage ban
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
Whitley Walden / KLTV-TV:
Ted Nugent's appearance at upcoming Longview festival canceled by city  —  An East Texas city had to pay thousands to a controversial performer, before he even planned on performing at a July Fourth concert.  —  The City of Longview is preparing to hold its second annual Fourth of July Festival.
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.
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 …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Black Pathology And The Closing Of The Progressive Mind  —  Among opinion writers, Jonathan Chait is outranked in my esteem only by Hendrik Hertzberg.  This lovely take-down of Robert Johnson is a classic of the genre, one I studied incessantly when I was sharpening my own sword.  The sharpening never ends.
Discussion: News Desk
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
Revealed: the final 54 minutes of communication from MH370  —  The entire 54 minutes of cockpit communication aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight can be revealed, from its taxi on the runway to its final message at 1.07am of ‘all right, good night’  —  The Telegraph has obtained …
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg, Musk Invest in Artificial-Intelligence Company  —  Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook.  Ashton Kutcher portrayed Apple founder Steve Jobs in a movie.  Now, the three are joining in a $40 million investment in Vicarious FPC, a secretive artificial-intelligence company.
Discussion: Wired, Re/code and Guardian
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 …
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democrats Plan Big Ad Campaign in Challenge to Koch Brothers  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Senate Democrats, is preparing a $3 million ad campaign against Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, the libertarian-minded billionaire brothers who support conservative causes …
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: American Power and
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Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Cold Man in the Kremlin
Brandon McGinley / The Federalist:
Why Is Planned Parenthood Working To Unseat Gosnell Victim's Cousin?
Discussion: RedState and American Spectator
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Andrea Tantaros Becomes First Fox Host to Compare MH370 to Benghazi
Mark Flatten / Washington Examiner:
Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders, raising fears of domestic spying
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Willy Staley / New York Times:
Vice's Shane Smith: ‘Have We Unleashed a Monster?’
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Adelson casino hires Blanche Lincoln
Discussion: Politico
Paul Ryan Claims Most Minimum Wage Workers Are Young And Just Starting Out
Discussion: National Review and Daily Kos
Eight Year Old Reportedly Committed Suicide After Deportation
Discussion: The Raw Story
New York Times:
Kingmaker's Death Lays Bare Erosion of Parties' Authority
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Monkey Cage
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Killing Conservative Books: The Shocking End Of A Publishing Gold Rush

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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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