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8:55 AM ET, March 28, 2014


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Amanda Cochran / CBS News:
President Obama reflects on his first meeting with Pope Francis  —  Shares -  —  President Obama, in an interview in Rome with “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley, said Russia must take steps now to reduce tensions over Ukraine.  —  “It's well known and well acknowledged …
Ian Bremmer / New York Times:
A Tortured Policy Toward Russia
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cassidy clarifies comments that uninsured are ‘less educated’  —  Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the GOP front-runner to take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) this cycle, sought to clarify comments he made characterizing the uninsured as “relatively less sophisticated, less comfortable with forms, less educated.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems push ObamaCare changes  —  Six Senate Democrats up for reelection or hailing from red states proposed legislation on Thursday aimed at changing parts of the Affordable Care Act.  —  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), whom Republicans view as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
A Whitewash for Gov. Christie  —  Lawyers hired by Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey at public expense issued their findings Thursday on the traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge in September, apparently engineered as a bizarre form of political revenge.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Chris Christie Says Aides in Bridge Scandal ‘Inexplicably Stupid’
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Report: Messy office dynamics in Bridgegate
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
The White House / BuzzFeed:
7 Reasons Why Vice President Biden Thinks You Should Get Covered By March 31  —  Because it could literally save your life.  —  BUZZFEED USER  —  This post was created by a user and has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff.  BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and creations.
BREAKING: Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
Three Possible Reasons for Latest Obamacare Delay
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
US appeals court upholds new Texas abortion rules … AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state, saying the new rules don't jeopardize women's health.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Evangelical leader shows how GOP can finesse gay marriage  —  GAY MARRIAGE REPUBLICAN PARTY RELIGION  —  In 2008, both Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain supported defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  In 2012, only Republican Mitt Romney supported traditional marriage …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
In our effort to connect the whole world with, we've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky.  —  Today, we're sharing some details of the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Considers Streaming Media Service  — Inc. is considering an advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of linking video to its $99-a-year Prime subscription service, according to people close to the company.
Brett Taylor / Twitchy:
Racist ‘joke’ has people calling for Comedy Central to #CancelColbert; Update: Tweet deleted … Is this supposed to be a joke?  Stephen Colbert thought so.  He was attempting to satirize Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his launch of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, but his joke didn't quite fly.
Shiryn Ghermezian /
Victim Breaks Down in Footage From Aftermath of Brutal Anti-Semitic Attack in France (PHOTOS/VIDEO)  —  Jewish teacher attacked in Paris.  Photo: David.  —  The Algemeiner has acquired photos and footage from the aftermath of a horrific anti-Semitic attack that took place in Paris, France late last week.
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Secret ‘Doc Fix’ Deal Angers Rank and File (Video)  —  The House on Thursday passed a bill that likely did not have the votes to pass.  —  It was clear that a bill to avert a pay hike for doctors was short on support, so Republican leaders struck a closed-door agreement with Democrats to pass …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House Abruptly Passes Medicare Pay Fix By Voice Vote
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Emily E. Smith / Oregonian:
Jessica Dutro murder trial: Motive for Tigard killing was 4-year-old's perceived homosexuality, prosecutors say  —  Jessica Dutro believed her 4-year-old son, Zachary Dutro-Boggess was gay, prosecutors told the court Wednesday, and that was her motive for subjecting him to deadly beatings.
The Atlantic Online:
On Being an Abortion Doula  —  The range of emotions involved in helping women terminate pregnancies  —  “She was chit-chatty at first,” began full-spectrum doula Annie Robinson, describing one of her first clients.  “She didn't seem anxious, didn't seem like she particularly had much to say.
Jim Romenesko:
Mississippi news anchor urges the LGBT community to ‘go on a gaycation’  —  WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Mississippi) news anchor Dave Elliott, who advises the LGBT community to take a “gaycation,” is “on the air seven days a week,” according to his bio.  Maybe he's the one who should be taking the break.
Dan Steinberg / DC Sports Bog:
Harry Reid predicts Redskins name changes within three years  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) predicted Thursday that the Redskins will change their name within three years.  —  Reid said he was unimpressed by the Redskins' new charitable endeavor for Native Americans …
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Duane Lester / The Missouri Torch:
Sikeston Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying and Intimidation She Suffered for Opposing Common Core (Video)
Discussion: BizPac Review and The PJ Tatler
Lessons for Other States from Kansas' Massive Tax Cuts
Discussion: Hullabaloo and GovBeat
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Lesbian couple files marriage lawsuit in Puerto Rico
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
Citigroup Fails Fed's Stress Test as BofA Gets Dividend Boost
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Bill Schmalfeldt / Liberaland:
The Release Of Roger Shuler Is Good News, But The Fight Continues
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Legal Schnauzer
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Why Can't the Left Govern?
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Krugman-Silver Sparring Match
Discussion: Eschaton
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Judge Tells Women Lawyers Not To Dress Like ‘An Ignorant Slut’