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Morning Must Reads: March 12

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the News: Republican David Jolly wins Florida special election, What win means for 2014 midterms, Obama approval rating down, Malaysian flight updates (spoiler: still missing), Obama flexing executive muscle on extended pay

  • The (not very) quiet campaign for HIllary Clinton [TIME]
  • According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll: “By a 33 percent to 24 percent margin, Americans say their vote will be to signal opposition to the president rather than to signal support, though 41 percent say their vote will have nothing to do about Obama” [NBC News]
  • “Former Republican lobbyist David Jolly will be laughing all the way to Washington after winning a special election on Tuesday to fill the congressional seat long occupied by Republican Representative Bill Young, his former boss who died in October.” [TIME]
  • Why a Republican wave in 2014 is looking more likely now [National Journal]
  • “The Florida special election Tuesday was supposed to be an ideal chance for Democrats to show that 2014 isn’t a lost year. Instead, they were dealt another body blow, further weakening their prospects for this year’s midterms. Democrats couldn’t have asked for a more golden opportunity.” [Politico]
  • Obamacare signups reach 4.2 million in February [LA Times]
  • From The Hill: “President Obama is hoping to use his executive authorities to require American businesses to pay millions of employees overtime pay, as part of a populist election-year push targeting income inequality by the White House.The president will direct the Labor Department on Thursday to revamp regulations governing which types of employees businesses can classify as “executive or professional,” and thus avoid paying overtime.”
  • “The top military officer tapped by the White House to lead the National Security Agency is facing a potentially rocky road toward Senate confirmation, as congressional frustration with U.S. intelligence is quickly reaching a boiling point over new claims that the CIA interfered with Senate-led oversight efforts.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Wanted by Ecuador, two brothers make a mark in U.S. campaigns [NYT]
  • Updates on missing Malaysian flight: “Government and military officials said the search for a missing Malaysian airliner could hinge on an unidentified radar path that suggested the plane might have inexplicably turned, crossed back across the mainland, and flown over the Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles off its scheduled flight path.” [Washington Post]
  • How a court secretly evolved on surveillance: “Ten months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the nation’s surveillance court delivered a ruling that intelligence officials consider a milestone in the secret history of American spying and privacy law. Called the “Raw Take” order — classified docket No. 02-431 — it weakened restrictions on sharing private information about Americans, according to documents and interviews.” [NYT]
  • New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks to TIME about running for President, sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, and why women should rule [TIME]
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