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11:50 AM ET, March 25, 2014


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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.'s Bulk Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress …
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Obama to set out proposal to end NSA's mass collection of phone data  —  Administration plan would require NSA to seek a court order to search phone records held by telecoms companies  —  The Obama administration is to set out how it proposes to end the mass collection of Americans' phone call data …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
White House plan would end NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone data
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Hot Air
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters:
Obama to propose curbing NSA bulk collection of phone records: report
Discussion: Guardian and Liberaland
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Thrillseekers Catch Base Jump From World Trade Center On Helmet Cam  —  The world never got to see any of the photos a New Jersey 16-year-old took when he spent two hours at the top of 1 World Trade Center before getting caught last week, but this insane video makes up for it.
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
Helmet camera shows skydiver's remarkable jump from World Trade Center  —  WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO: The three daredevils, along with their lookout, pulled off a breathtaking jump from the Freedom Tower.  But the price they paid was surrendering to cops Monday to face charges such as burglary.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and The Week
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP finds unwinding Obamacare vexing now that it's taken root  —  Republicans are still determined to repeal Obamacare, even though they have famously failed to unite behind an alternative.  Now, it is dawning on some in the GOP that even if they succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act …
Alleged New Jersey Rape Victim Says Pleas for Help Were Ignored  —  The alleged victim says bystanders ignored her pleas for help when she escaped, and that authorities didn't take her report seriously for weeks  —  A woman with multiple sclerosis says she was knocked out by strangers …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Donald Rumsfeld: ‘It does not take a genius’  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration's handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country.  —  “We have status of forces agreements probably …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Jim Acosta / CNN:
U.S., other powers kick Russia out of G8
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
CBS News:
Poll: Most say U.S. doesn't have a responsibility in Ukraine  —  Shares -  —  Most Americans don't think the U.S. is obliged to intervene in the recent annexation by Russia of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.  A majority of 61 percent of Americans do not think the U.S. has a responsibility …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Brock reflects on his Clinton evolution  —  David Brock's long journey trailing Bill and Hillary Clinton — first as a nemesis and now as an ally — is leading him to the couple's former home state of Arkansas.  —  It's there, in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCaskill says relationship with Hillary Clinton is ‘fine’
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Risen: Obama administration is this generation's ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’  —  “It won't take me long to alienate everyone in the room,” Jeffrey Toobin told an audience in New York Friday.  “For better or worse, it has been clear there is no journalistic privilege under the First Amendment.”
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes  —  A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel.  —  The drug is nicotine, in its potent, liquid form — extracted from tobacco and tinctured …
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Washington Redskins Owner Starts Foundation To Aid ‘Original Americans’  —  The owner of the Washington Redskins, who adamantly refuses to change the team's controversial name that many believe to be a racial slur, announced Monday he was starting a new foundation to aid Native Americans called the …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016  —  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 …
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.
Gabriel Malor / The Federalist:
Six Lies The Leftist Media Tells About The Contraception Mandate Cases
New York Times:
General Motors Misled Grieving Families on a Lethal Flaw  —  It was nearly five years ago that any doubts were laid to rest among engineers at General Motors about a dangerous and faulty ignition switch.  At a meeting on May 15, 2009, they learned that data in the black boxes …
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans may have …
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi  —  Republicans turned the Democrats' leader in the House into the prime reason to keep a Florida district in GOP hands.  No wonder they fear her: she's as responsible for liberal success in Washington as President Obama has been.
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
AFP Airs New Anti-Obamacare Ad in Michigan  —  Another day, another ad blasting Obamacare from the conservative Americans for Prosperity.  —  The latest television spot in the group's $30 million media blitz is airing in Michigan, where the U.S. Senate race pits the former secretary of state …
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Maya Shwayder / Jerusalem Post:
White House expresses ‘deep disappointment’ after Saudis deny visa to ‘Post’ journalist
Discussion: Fox News and The Huffington Post
Julian Zelizer / CNN:
Why Obama is losing millennials
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Davis Renews Equal Pay Attack on Abbott
Discussion: Politico and Off the Kuff
Air pollution ‘kills 7 million people a year’
Discussion:, The Week and The Verge
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:
Reeva to Oscar Pistorius: 'I'm scared of you sometimes'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Washington Post
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Desperate about Keystone XL? Throw mud at the Kochs
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 Earlier Items: 
Emily Atkin / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: 25 Years Later, A Heartbreaking Look Back At Exxon's Alaska Oil Spill
Discussion: DW.DE, and CNN
David Hogberg / The Federalist:
The “No Obamacare Horror Stories” Fairy Tale
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, and Forbes
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Don't Believe the Rand Paul Hipster Hype
Discussion: The Dish