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1:30 PM ET, March 27, 2014


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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
For Columnist, a Change of Tone  —  A New York Times columnist has expressed substantially more negative sentiments about FiveThirtyEight since it left The New York Times, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.  —  The columnist, Paul Krugman, who writes about economics and politics for The Times …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The Nate Silver-Paul Krugman Feud Just Won't End  —  Nate Silver and his newfound rival Paul Krugman traded shots again on Wednesday in what looks increasingly like a battle for the last word.  —  Each barb had echoes of what the two wonks told TPM in recent emails.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Data as Slogan, Data as Substance  —  Noah Smith has the definitive piece on what's wrong, so far, with the new FiveThirtyEight.  For all the big talk about data-driven analysis,what it actually delivers is sloppy and casual opining with a bit of data used, as the old saying goes …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Krugman-Silver Sparring Match
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Eschaton
San Francisco magazine:
The Indictment Against Leland Yee Puts “The Wire's” Clay Davis to Shame  —  Sheeeeeeeeeit, partner.  —  If you thought the charges against Leland Yee would be bad, you had no idea.  As in, he offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 million in cash.  As in, he has ties to a gangster named Shrimp Boy.
Doug Powers / Twitchy:
Hypocrisy overload: Tweets from gun control advocate Leland Yee, charged with arms trafficking
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Official Said He Told Christie of Lane Closings, Bridge Scandal Report Says  —  The Port Authority official who oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge said that he had informed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey about it at a Sept. 11 memorial while the closings were occurring …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Judge Tells Women Lawyers Not To Dress Like ‘An Ignorant Slut’  —  Judge Richard Kopf, a George H.W. Bush appointee to a federal court in Nebraska, offered some strange advice to women litigators in a piece posted to his personal blog on Tuesday: don't wear clothing that would cause …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Western governments see continuing Russian buildup on Ukraine border  —  (Reuters) - U.S. and European security agencies estimate Russia has deployed military and militia units totaling more than 30,000 people along its border with eastern Ukraine, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with official reporting.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Taylor Marsh and Politico
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Despite ‘wake-up call’ in Ukraine, Europe reluctant to bolster its militaries
Discussion: Hot Air
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media's Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief  —  Well, now we know why the Washington Post did not want to invest in Ezra Klein's “explanatory journalism” nonsense.  Turns out it is just a left-wing propaganda tool trying to spin instead of explain.
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Reid the Elder dismisses gifts controversy at presser; and Reid the Younger defends daughter/Dad  —  UPDATE, 7PM: Now there is $5,000 more from 2012.  Total now $31,000.  —  And now Reid is playing the aggrieved grandfather.  Chutzpah: … “Any role” in creating this situation?  Any role?
Alejandra Cancino / Chicago Tribune:
Northwestern ruling could ‘rattle the universe of universities’  —  Northwestern football players win pivotal union case.  —  Northwestern University football players on scholarship are employees of the school and therefore entitled to hold an election to decide whether to unionize …
New York Times:
College Players Granted Right to Form Union
Wall Street Journal:
The Individual Mandate Goes Poof  —  The latest delays show that the supposed centerpiece of ObamaCare won't cause the uninsured to buy coverage.  —  One by one, the myths of the Affordable Care Act have been revealed.  When the curtain on open enrollment falls on March 31 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
Economist Tyler Cowen Pepper Sprayed While Teaching Class at George Mason University  —  Economist, author, and George Mason University (GMU) professor Tyler Cowen was pepper sprayed in his classroom today by a man trying to place him under citizen's arrest.
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Disapproval of Obama climbs to new high  —  Nearly six in 10 people disapprove of President Obama's job performance in a new poll by the Associated Press, the highest rating recorded by the newswire.  —  According to the AP-GFK survey released Wednesday, 59 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance while 41 percent approve.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid  —  Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition …
Homeless Mother Gets Job Interview But Doesn't Have Childcare, Ends Up In Jail  —  CREDIT: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office  —  Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless.  So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect.
Discussion: The Raw Story
The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime: Evidence from State Panel Data, 1990-2006  —  Abstract  —  Background  —  Debate has surrounded the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes for decades.  Some have argued medical marijuana legalization (MML) poses a threat to public health and safety …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hit & Run
New York Times:
Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds  —  A new report released by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, examining the disciplinary practices of the country's 97,000 public schools, shows that excessively punitive policies are being used at every level of the public school system — even against 4-year-olds in preschool.
James Oliphant / The Atlantic Online:
Conservatives Are Taking the Gun Fight to Knives  —  This week, the Tennessee General Assembly repealed the state's long-standing ban on switchblades, or, as their purveyors like to call them “automatic knives.”  It was one more victory for the nascent knife-rights movement …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Charlotte mayor accused of bribery, extortion  —  (CNN) — FBI agents on Wednesday arrested the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, for allegedly taking tens of thousands of dollars worth of bribes “in exchange for the use of his official position,” the U.S. attorney's office said.
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Jonathan Zimmerman / Los Angeles Times:
Good for the Bushes and the Clintons, but not good for America
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Putting Their Eggs in the Wrong Midterm Basket
The Nation:
Remembering Jonathan Schell: 1943-2014
Discussion: The Agonist
Hartford Courant:
Minimum Wage Boost Wins Senate And House Approval
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gothamist
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
IRS commissioner: 'It's going to take years' to produce documents about Tea Party targeting
Discussion: Power Line
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service incident in Netherlands was on heels of car wreck during Obama's Miami trip
 Earlier Items:
Waters of the United States
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Season of the Twitch
Discussion: Althouse
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Baghdad Bob of health insurance
David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
TN Tea Partiers freak out on TV reporter for covering their effort to block Muslim cemetery
Discussion: Murfreesboro Post and Unfogged
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?