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5:35 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.
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: Fox News, CNN and Informed Comment
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
Asma al-Sharif / Reuters:
Egyptian court sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death: lawyer  —  (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 529 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday on charges including murder, a defense lawyer said, in a sharp escalation of a crackdown on the movement.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Deep underground, federal employees process paperwork by hand in a long-outdated, inefficient system  —  In BOYERS, Pa.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
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord  —  President Obama has ordered a sharp increase in U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to Uganda and sent U.S. military aircraft there for the first time in the ongoing effort to hunt down warlord Joseph Kony across a broad swath of central Africa.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
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
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
Associated Press:
Death toll rises to 8 in Wash. mudslide  —  ARLINGTON, Wash. — Eight people are now confirmed dead after a massive landslide slammed into homes Saturday near Oso, Wash., authorities said Sunday.  —  Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday.
Discussion: The Week and Scared Monkeys
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
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
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Elias Isquith / Salon:
Rand Paul's “youth” snow job: Why he'll never, ever, ever win over young voters
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooked Timber
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Kasich Declines to Rule Out 2016 Run
Discussion: Liberaland
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Russia Without Illusions
Discussion: Hot Air
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
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John Bingham / Telegraph:
Islamic law is adopted by British legal chiefs