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7:45 PM ET, March 29, 2014


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Washington Post:
Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race  —  LAS VEGAS — Many of the Republican Party's most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Walker, Christie Court GOP Donors in Las Vegas  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the GOP's next presidential nominee must be someone “from outside Washington.”  —  The Republican says he's not focused on the 2016 race.  But he says the nation's governors are better positioned to win …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Christie Way?  —  I'm a little confused by this.  Generally speaking when you throw someone under the bus and you want them to play along, you add as much padding to the process as possible.  That doesn't appear to be the Chris Chrisitie way.  The main fallperson turns out to be former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly.
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Washington Post:
Maryland set to replace troubled health exchange with Connecticut's system  —  Maryland officials are set to replace the state's online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut's insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision …
Kate White / Charleston Gazette:
Tomblin vetoes 20-week abortion ban  —  Governor calls 20-week cutoff unconstitutional and detrimental  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have banned abortions of fetuses after 20 weeks gestation.  The governor called the bill unconstitutional and a “detriment” to women's health.
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Arrest Climate-Change Deniers  —  Man-made climate change happens.  Man-made climate change kills a lot of people.  It's going to kill a lot more.  We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people's deaths.  It's time to punish the climate-change liars.
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Ukraine - envoys  —  (Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum …
New York Times:
Newly Released Clinton-Era Papers Show Damage Control During Scandal  —  As the White House was enveloped in the Monica Lewinsky scandal in January 1998, aides offered advice to President Bill Clinton's speechwriting team on how to use the State of the Union address that month to rebuild public confidence in the president.
Discussion: The Reaction
Spiegel Online:
GCHQ and NSA Targeted Private German Companies  —  Documents show that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America's NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database.
Joe Conason / Real Clear Politics:
In Midterm Campaign, Bill Clinton Urges Democrats to Embrace Health Care Reform  —  Defending the Affordable Care Act in his memorable nominating speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton did as he often advises his party's elected officials: Don't run away from the argument; confront it directly instead.
Milton J. Valencia / The Boston Globe:
FBI pushed elder Tsarnaev to be informer, lawyers assert  —  Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asserted Friday that his older brother and alleged accomplice had been encouraged by the FBI to be an informant and to report on the Chechen and Muslim community, according to court records.
Discussion: RT and TalkLeft
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
FiveThirtyEight to Commission Response to Disputed Climate Article  —  FiveThirtyEight relaunched less than two weeks ago.  It's been a heck of a learning experience.  When you're trying something new, it's going to take some time to get everything right, and you're going to get criticism from all quarters.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, White House Says  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia called President Obama on Friday to discuss a proposal by Mr. Obama for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, and the two leaders agreed that diplomats …
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John Sandweg / Los Angeles Times:
Who should be deported?  —  ICE should eliminate 'non-criminal …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats struggle to define a message that can save their majority
Plain Dealer:
Middleburg Heights man killed by deputies described as sovereign citizen, filed lawsuits against government
Discussion: Hatewatch and The Raw Story
Dave Urbanski /
Two Council Members Caught on Video Refusing to Stand and Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Three Mozilla Board Members Resign over Choice of New CEO
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, rarebit and The Verge
Laila Kearney / Reuters:
California senate suspends three lawmakers in criminal probes
Discussion: Hot Air