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3:05 AM ET, March 27, 2014


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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  —  FBI, crime, SFPD, chinatown, gang violence, leland yee, san mateo, sacramento, senate, san francisco news, vic lee  —  More: Bio, E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, News Team  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — State Senator Leland Yee is in federal court …
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
5 GOP senators flout John Boehner on jobless aid
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2014
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Poll: Obama's disapproval rating hits a new high  —  The AP-GfK poll shows 59 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama — a point higher than the previous high set in December.  —  Obama's approval rating stands at 41 percent.  That's the second-lowest figure the poll has ever found.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis
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 …
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.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist / Albany Times Union:
Queens assemblyman denies travel voucher payment abuse as FBI seizes records  —  Assemblyman claims innocence during apparent probe of travel voucher abuse  —  William Scarborough rose early Wednesday in his Howard Johnson motel room to down a few ibuprofen for his pre-arthritis.
Discussion: Business Insider
Karen Matthews / Associated Press:
REPORT: NY SCHOOLS ARE MOST RACIALLY SEGREGATED … NEW YORK (AP) — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Ed Driscoll
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 …
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 …
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 …
Husna Haq / Christian Science Monitor:
Jimmy Carter's new book ‘A Call to Action’ receives positive reviews  —  In Carter's new book, he says that he believes the biggest challenge facing our world today is the subjugation and abuse of women and girls.  —  It is a crisis that manifests itself across the world in the form of child marriage …
Discussion: RT and Post Politics
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.
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.
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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
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Putin's Latest Dirty Trick: Leaking Private Phone Calls
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Abu Ghaith, Bin Laden's Son-in-Law, Is Convicted in Terror Trial
Discussion: RT, Mashable and National Review
Medical Economics:
Proposed SGR patch includes one-year ICD-10 delay
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sarah Palin endorses ‘pork-cutting’ Joni Ernst in Iowa
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Rice helps break record while boosting political profile
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tania Branigan / Guardian:
MH370: 122 objects spotted in Indian Ocean are ‘most credible lead yet’
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Roland Oliphant / Telegraph:
Ukraine's spy dolphins switch allegiance to Russia
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
The New Billionaire Political Bosses
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
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GOP threatens to push self-destruct button in Georgia Senate race
Lauren French / Politico:
Republicans hammer new IRS chief over tea party melee
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Lindsay Abrams / Salon:
10,853 out of 10,855 scientists agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame
North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts