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12:40 PM ET, March 27, 2014


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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 … California Democrat state Sen. Leland Yee might be a worthy candidate for “hypocrite of the year,” if not decade.  —  First, the story from CBS News: … Before he was arrested on those charges …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Data as Slogan, Data as Substance
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The Nate Silver-Paul Krugman Feud Just Won't End
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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
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.
Karen Matthews / Associated Press:
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 …
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
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.
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
Numbers /
Key Indicators in Media & News  —  Audience  —  Cable  —  In 2013, the cable news audience, by nearly all measures, declined.  The combined median prime-time viewership of the three major news channels—CNN, Fox News and MSNBC—dropped 11% to about 3 million, the smallest it has been since 2007.
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.
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?
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Hartford Courant:
Minimum Wage Boost Wins Senate And House Approval  —  HARTFORD — The state's minimum wage will increase to $10.10 per hour by 2017 under a controversial bill approved Wednesday by both the state Senate and the House of Representatives on largely party line votes.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gothamist
Waters of the United States  —  Determining when the Clean Water Act protected streams and wetlands became confusing and complex following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.  —  Specifically, the proposed rule clarifies that under the Clean Water Act:  — Saves businesses time and money
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
IRS commissioner: 'It's going to take years' to produce documents about Tea Party targeting  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS TEA PARTY IRS DARRELL ISSA JIM JORDAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS SCANDALS  —  Years will pass before congressional investigators can review all of the documents pertaining …
Discussion: Power Line
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
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The Nation:
Remembering Jonathan Schell: 1943-2014
Discussion: The Agonist
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid
Discussion: CNN and Capitol Report
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service incident in Netherlands was on heels of car wreck during Obama's Miami trip
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Despite ‘wake-up call’ in Ukraine, Europe reluctant to bolster its militaries
Discussion: Hot Air
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Season of the Twitch
Discussion: Althouse
ABC News:
Ordinary Russians Impose Personal Sanctions on Obama
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Israel Matzav
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Mississippi Senate Race Boils Down to G.O.P. vs. Tea Party
Discussion: The Plum Line, Sun Herald and CNN
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Baghdad Bob of health insurance
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist / Albany Times Union:
Queens assemblyman denies travel voucher payment abuse as FBI seizes records
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?