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10:50 PM ET, March 24, 2014


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Yahoo! News:
Reid says GOP may have helped Russia annex Crimea  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.  —  The surprising accusation came ahead of a Monday test vote on a Russia sanctions and Ukraine aid bill that Republicans blocked before Congress left for recess two weeks ago.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Justice Scalia's Past Comes Back To Haunt Him On Birth Control  —  When the Supreme Court hears two landmark cases about birth control on Tuesday, few observers doubt that Justice Antonin Scalia's sympathies will be the Catholic business owners who charge that the mandate violates their religious liberties.
Fox News:
US, allies sideline Russia from G8; Moscow shrugs off summit snub  —  The U.S. and its allies announced Monday that they would, for now, exclude Russia from the G8 and boycott a planned summit in Sochi in retaliation over its Crimea takeover — though Russia's government shrugged off the latest efforts to isolate the country.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
George Brown / WREG-TV:
Judge Joe Brown Released From Jail  —  (Memphis) Well-known TV court judge and former Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Joe Brown has been released on his own recognizance from the Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar.  —  This comes after a request for bail was denied earlier this evening.
Jimmy Carter: Violence Against Women Is The Most Pervasive Human Rights Violation In The World  —  Former President Jimmy Carter is issuing a call to action to end the abuse and subjugation of women, which he refers to as the “worst and most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on Earth.”
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Nearly Half of Public Says ‘Right Amount’ of Malaysian Jet Coverage  —  One-in-Three Thinks Coverage Has Been Excessive  —  The public followed news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane more closely than any other story last week.  While the story has attracted extensive news coverage …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Four years later, Democrats wait for ObamaCare popularity bounce  —  Democrats have been waiting for ObamaCare to become popular for four years.  —  And counting.  —  Congressional leaders and senior White House advisers have been saying since 2010 that public opinion will turn their way sometime soon.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete  —  have more botox in me than any ten people," Dr. Seth Matarasso told me in an exam room this February.  —  He is a reality-show producer's idea of a cosmetic surgeon—his demeanor brash, his bone structure preposterous.
Discussion: and Wall Street Journal
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: 25 Years Later, A Heartbreaking Look Back At Exxon's Alaska Oil Spill  —  Around 200 people showed up at Fiesta Island in San Diego, Monday, July 17, 1989 to protest the use of Exxon products after the spill.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Brent Clingman  —  It was Good Friday on March 24 …
Discussion:, DW.DE and CNN
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
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 and Taylor Marsh
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.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
BROWN FACES HISTORY, RESIDENCY QUESTIONS IN NH BID  —  You are here  —  Home » United States Senate » Brown faces history, residency questions in NH bid  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown is suiting up his campaign armor again — faded blue jeans …
Discussion: Roll Call and The Boston Globe
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: Naked Politics and Daily Kos
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David Hogberg / The Federalist:
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: The Dish
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
House Democrats press for immigration vote
Discussion: CNN
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
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Wall Street Journal:
In Crimea, Russia may have gotten jump on West by evading U.S. eavesdropping
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Democrats to Nate Silver: You're Wrong
Evie Salomon / CBS News:
New research points to Nixon in My Lai cover-up attempt
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Washington is headed for disaster: Column
Discussion: and Hit & Run