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4:35 PM ET, March 24, 2014


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Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
MH370: Australian plane detects new objects - live updates  —  Sort by:  —  10.06am GMT  —  Here's the full-text of Hishammuddin's opening statement to today's breifing: … Updated at 10.06am GMT  —  9.59am GMT  —  Malaysia's daily press briefing has come to an end.
Discussion: The Week
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals  —  The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants  —  The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste …
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
Taxpayers fund creationism in the classroom  —  Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs …
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Meet Business Insider's Newest Political Columnist — Anthony Weiner  —  Business Insider is very pleased to announce former New York City mayoral candidate and Congressman Anthony Weiner will be contributing a new monthly column to our politics page.  —  The new column, which will be titled …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton found him to be cold and worrisome, but predicted he would be a tough and able leader.  George W. Bush wanted to make him a friend and partner in the war on terror, but grew disillusioned over time.
Michael A. McFaul / New York Times:
Confronting Putin's Russia
Discussion: Mediaite
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Obama Trolls Libertarians And Tea Partiers With New Obamacare Bumper Sticker  —  Don't tread on my Obamacare.  —  —  AP  —  Now Obama allies have made their own version of the emblematic banner in support of Obamacare:  —  The sticker replaces …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Inquiry Is Said to Clear Christie, but That's His Lawyers' Verdict  —  With his office suddenly engulfed in scandal over lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey two months ago summoned a pair of top defense lawyers from an elite law firm to the State House …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wealth Over Work  —  It seems safe to say that “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year — and maybe of the decade.  Mr. Piketty, arguably the world's leading expert on income and wealth inequality …
Read This One Document To Understand What The Christian Right Hopes To Gain From Hobby Lobby  —  2009 was a grim year for social conservatives.  Barack Obama was an ambitious and popular new president.  Republicans, and their conservative philosophy, were largely discredited in the public eye by a failed war and a massive recession.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Libertarian Group Comes Out Against Ron Paul On Russia  —  “Former Congressman Ron Paul, whose views are interpreted by many as wholly representative of the libertarian movement, gets it wrong when he speaks of Crimea's right to secede,” Students for Liberty's founder says.  —  Steve Marcus / Reuters / Reuters
Alex Roarty /
Democrats to Nate Silver: You're Wrong  —  Guy Cecil says the famed statistician was wrong in 2012 and will be wrong again in 2014 with his prediction of a GOP Senate takeover.  —  NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Nate Silver attends the 16th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on May 21, 2012 in New York City.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
When the Scientist Is Also a Philosopher  —  Do you want to know a dirty little secret of economists who give policy advice?  When we do so, we are often speaking not just as economic scientists, but also as political philosophers.  Our recommendations are based not only on our understanding …
Wall Street Journal:
In Crimea, Russia may have gotten jump on West by evading U.S. eavesdropping  —  In Crimea, U.S. intelligence officials are concluding that Russian planners might have gotten a jump on the West by evading U.S. eavesdropping.
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Rick Scott's Top Latino Fundraiser Leaves Campaign After Campaign Staff Allegedly Made Racist Jokes  —  On late Thursday, billionaire Mike Fernandez abruptly resigned his post as the finance co-chair of Governor Rick Scott's (R-FL) reelection campaign.  The prominent Cuban-American health …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Naked Politics
Lloyd Green / The Daily Beast:
‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate  —  When it comes to green gentry liberalism, think of an Americanized version of the PBS hit—where everyone knows his or her place, and our betters look best.  —  Last week was a good week for natural gas, but a bad one for green gentry liberalism.
David Weigel / Slate:
Bashing the Kochs Can Triple a Democrat's Fundraising Haul  —  When the Senate returns this week, we'll learn whether Harry Reid will continue his epic assault on Charles and David Koch.  As far as the party's concerned, it's been working—it's gotten the press to cover their attacks …
NBC News:
DAVID GREGORY:  —  The current, the issue that oceanographers will look at, how formidable is that?  If you're finding some wreckage even now, the way this thing could be moving, how big of a piece is it?  —  BOB HAGER:  —  They've got very elaborate schemes on the computer where they can trace back the currents of the ocean.
Evie Salomon / CBS News:
New research points to Nixon in My Lai cover-up attempt  —  One of the most shameful chapters in American military history, the 1968 massacre of unarmed Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops, just got worse  —  This past week marked the 46th anniversary of the My Lai massacre …
Karen Heller /
The gifts that keep on giving  —  The failed, shuttered, and yet much-debated attorney general's sting against Democratic elected officials is like a poor man's American Hustle, something David O. Russell wouldn't touch with a bad comb-over.  —  It seems so terribly Pennsylvanian.
John Fund / National Review:
Philly DA Blows the Whistle on Pennsylvania's State AG
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House Democrats press for immigration vote  —  House Democrats plan to launch a discharge petition on Wednesday in a long-shot effort to force a floor vote on immigration reform - their latest move to pressure Republicans to advance an overhaul this year.  —  Already this year …
Discussion: CNN
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Washington is headed for disaster: Column  —  New novel spotlights the weakness of our country in the face of crisis.  —  I've just finished reading Bill Quick's new disaster novel, Lightning Fall, and it's got me thinking about national disasters, and what to do about them.
Discussion: Hit & Run and
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Whites More Solidly Republican in Recent Years
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The GOP's Racial Dog Whistling and the Social Safety Net
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Fourth Anniversary of Obamacare Brings Billions in Costs to Economy
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Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal as Russia seizes naval base
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Times
Matt Viser / The Boston Globe:
Barrage of ads laying foundation for Brown
Discussion: ABC News
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Nilay Patel, No Longer Managing Editor of The Verge, Moves to
Gail Collins / New York Times:
This Is What 80 Looks Like  —  ON Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord