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3:20 AM ET, March 24, 2014


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightFeatures:
FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast: GOP Is Slight Favorite in Race for Senate Control  —  When FiveThirtyEight last issued a U.S. Senate forecast — way back in July — we concluded the race for Senate control was a toss-up.  That was a little ahead of the conventional wisdom at the time …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Tarnished Silver  —  Timothy Egan joins the chorus of those dismayed by Nate Silver's new FiveThirtyEight.  I sorry, but I have to agree: so far it looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.  —  But I'd argue that many of the critics are getting the problem wrong.
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz / New York Times:
The Geography of Fame  —  WHERE do the most successful Americans come from?  I was curious.  So I downloaded Wikipedia.  (You can do that sort of thing nowadays.)  —  With a little coding, I had a data set of more than 150,000 Americans deemed by Wikipedia's editors to be notable.
Simon Parry / Daily Mail:
Police hunt mystery woman who made final phone call to doomed jet captain as first picture emerges of his estranged wife and family  —  The captain of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 received a two-minute call shortly before take-off from a mystery woman using a mobile phone number obtained under a false identity.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
France may have found part of jet
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and CNN
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Carter fears NSA is spying on his emails  —  Former President Jimmy Carter (D) says he thinks the National Security Agency might be monitoring his emails.  —  In an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Carter said he sends messages to foreign leaders via snail mail instead.
Discussion: Liberaland
Eric Bradner / Politico:
Jimmy Carter doubts his own privacy
Discussion: CNN and Informed Comment
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Deep underground, federal employees process paperwork by hand in a long-outdated, inefficient system  —  In BOYERS, Pa. — The trucks full of paperwork come every day, turning off a country road north of Pittsburgh and descending through a gateway into the earth.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Au Revoir, Entrepreneurs  —  Guillaume Santacruz, an aspiring French entrepreneur, brushed the rain from his black sweater and skinny jeans and headed down to a cavernous basement inside Campus London, a seven-story hive run by Google in the city's East End.
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Obama aide: US sanctions effectively weakening Russia  —  White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken argued Sunday the United States' sanctions are effectively hurting Russia's economy even though they haven't deterred Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Liberaland
Greg Clary / CNN:
House Intel chair says Putin isn't done in Ukraine
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden links Russia's anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - STUDY: OBAMA MOST WELL-TRAVELED, EXPENSIVE PRESIDENT IN HISTORY THROUGH FIVE YEARS  —  President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling abroad than other U.S. president in history at this point in their presidencies, according to a forthcoming study from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation …
Discussion: Liberaland
Martin Crutsinger / ABC News:
US Treasury Secretary Lew to Undergo Surgery  —  The Treasury Department says Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will undergo surgery Tuesday to treat a benign enlarged prostate.  —  Treasury says the surgical procedure will be performed on an outpatient basis in New York.
Discussion: Politico
Elias Isquith / Salon:
Rand Paul's “youth” snow job: Why he'll never, ever, ever win over young voters  —  With a Chris Christie comeback looking less likely and a Jeb Bush shadow campaign only just now entering its preliminary stages, the political media that isn't tethered to the Hillary Clinton beat …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooked Timber
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Russia Without Illusions  —  SINCE the end of the Cold War, America's policy toward Russia has been shaped by two dangerous illusions.  —  The first was the conceit that with the right incentives, eyes-to-soul presidential connections and diplomatic reset buttons, Russia could become what we think of …
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The Post: Depantsed but not deloused  —  Commenting on John Hinderaker's two rounds with the Washington Post's Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, Brit Hume renders this judgment on Twitter: … “Eviscerate” means “disembowel.”  Brit is an experienced journalist.
New York Times:
Crying Wolf on Religious Liberty  —  This week, the owners of two secular, for-profit corporations will ask the Supreme Court to take a radical turn and allow them to impose their religious views on their employees — by refusing to permit them contraceptive coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act.
The Hill:   Dems ramp up offense on ObamaCare
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Kasich Declines to Rule Out 2016 Run
Discussion: Liberaland
New York Times:
Paul Has Ideas, but His Backers Want 2016 Plan
Discussion: EconLog, Hot Air and The Reaction
Philip Rucker / Post Politics:
Sheldon Adelson plans VIP dinner for Jeb Bush at GOP gathering in Vegas
Discussion: Liberaland
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
NATO general warns of further Russian aggression
Discussion: Liberaland and The Agonist
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs