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10:55 PM ET, March 26, 2014


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State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — State Sen. Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, law-enforcement sources said, casting yet another cloud of corruption …
The Charlotte Observer:
Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon arrested on corruption charges  —  Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday on federal public corruption laws after a four-year investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte announced.  —  Cannon was charged with theft and bribery …
Vic Lee / KGO-TV:
State Sen. Leland Yee accused of bribery, wire fraud
Bdisbrow / CBS San Francisco:
State Sen. Leland Yee Arrested, Accused In Conspiracy Involving Arms Trafficking, Campaign Fraud
Russell Berman / The Hill:
‘What the hell is this, a joke?’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday blasted the Obama administration's decision to extend enrollment in the healthcare law's insurance exchange for some people.  —  “What the hell is this, a joke?”  Boehner said at his weekly press conference.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Most uninsured unaware of March 31 deadline, half plan to remain uninsured  —  In the final days of open enrollment for new health insurance options under the ACA, substantial shares …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC is in serious trouble  —  This is the story of MSNBC in a nutshell: It rose to prominence on its criticism of George W. Bush, peaked during Barack Obama's historic 2008 campaign, and, by criticizing Republicans and championing liberal causes, sustained its viewership in the years that followed.
Discussion: American Power and VodkaPundit
Akilah Johnson / The Boston Globe:
Grossman passes kidney stone during gubernatorial debate  —  There were more than a few pained expressions worn by gubernatorial candidates during Tuesday night's forum dedicated to issues affecting Massachusetts's LGBTQ community, mostly after Scott Lively, an anti-gay candidate running to …
CBS News:
Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis  —  Shares -  —  President Obama: Ukraine and Foreign Policy  —  While a majority of Americans (56 percent) support U.S. sanctions against Russia, they are less pleased with President Obama's handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine overall.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Poll: Obama's disapproval rating hits a new high
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Women Justices Rock the Hobby Lobby Argument  —  There were two lessons from Tuesday's argument in the Hobby Lobby case in the Supreme Court.  First, it's very important that there are now three women Justices.  Second, it's even more important that it takes five votes to win.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Confusion plagues the right: Why it doesn't understand liberal views of the Hobby Lobby case
Discussion: National Review and The Dish
Brian Bennett / ESPN:
Northwestern players get union vote … In a potentially game-changing moment for college athletics, the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and can unionize.
Brendan Eich:
Inclusiveness at Mozilla  —  I am deeply honored and humbled by the CEO role.  I'm also grateful for the messages of support.  At the same time, I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla.
RGK / Hercules and the umpire:
On being a dirty old man and how young women lawyers dress  —  More than a decade ago, I freaked out when tall, statuesque, and beautiful daughter Lisa showed up at her older sister's (Marne's) wedding in a Catholic church (that we “borrowed” out of respect for the groom's religious preference) in a low-cut dress.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?  —  A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post's attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Alabama congressional candidate shoots up Obamacare bill in new ad  —  An Alabama congressional candidate uses a .40 Glock pistol, a .270 Cooper rifle and an AR-15 to destroy a copy of the Obamacare bill in a new video released by his campaign.  —  The message in candidate Will Brooke's video …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Anti-hate group blamed for inspiring Family Research Council gun attack dumped by FBI  —  CRIME WASHINGTON SECRETS GAY MARRIAGE FBI ERIC HOLDER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GAY RIGHTS FAMILY ISSUES MARRIAGE  —  The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington …
Alexandra Witze / Nature:
Dwarf planet stretches Solar System's edge  —  Icy body found far beyond Pluto raises questions about cosmic history.  —  Rights & Permissions  —  The Solar System just got a lot more far-flung.  Astronomers have discovered1 a probable dwarf planet that orbits the Sun far beyond Pluto, in the most distant trajectory known.
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Conscious Uncoupling  —  It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate.  We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Senate Candidate On Uninsured: “Less Sophisticated...Less Educated”  —  In audio obtained by BuzzFeed, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy spoke at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association's annual meeting last week about an alternative health care plan with catastrophic insurance and HSA plans for the uninsured.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Liberaland
Benjy Sarlin /
GOP threatens to push self-destruct button in Georgia Senate race  —  MACON, Ga. - 2014 is a Republican year.  The party has the map, the candidates, and the money to finally retake the Senate after blowing the last two tries by nominating weak ultra-conservative candidates in critical races.
Obama wants halo effect  —  ROME — President Barack Obama was once the biggest superstar on the international stage.  On Thursday, he heads to the Vatican to benefit from the popularity of his replacement: Pope Francis.  —  The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself …
Discussion: Gallup and Hot Air
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Rice helps break record while boosting political profile  —  Washington (CNN) - Condoleezza Rice is helping House Republicans set a new fundraising record.  —  The former secretary of state and national security advisor to President George W. Bush is headlining Wednesday night's annual March …
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts  —  By News from Elsewhere... found by BBC Monitoring  —  Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.  —  The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced …
Washington Post:
Full Transcript: President Obama gives speech addressing Europe, Russia on March 26  —  President Obama spoke in Brussels today; he's there for meetings with European Union and NATO allies.  Here is the full transcript of his remarks, courtesy of the Federal News Service.  —  Thank you.
Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Ukraine's spy dolphins switch allegiance to Russia  —  Ukrainian Army dophins, which have been trained to plan bombs and kill frogmen, will be transferred to Russia  —  Russian forces completed their take over of the Ukrainian navy's assets in Crimea with the storming of the minesweeper Cherkessy.
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