The Wire: March 15, 2013

  • 8:27 a.m.

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    U.S. Army vet who became jihadist killed in Syria, website claims

    A U.S. Army veteran who has fought alongside al Qaeda-linked extremist rebels against the government in Syria has been killed, according to a pro-regime video-sharing site.

  • 8:02 a.m.

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    Champions League draw: Barcelona-PSG matchup in quarterfinals

    The three Spanish qualifiers for the last eight were kept apart in Friday’s draw, with nine-time champion Real Madrid taking on Galatasaray and Malaga facing Borussia Dortmund.

  • 7:45 a.m.

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    Sen. Robert Menendez investigated by federal grand jury

    A Miami federal grand jury is investigating Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez for allegations that he improperly used his congressional muscle to benefit a wealthy campaign donor who was a friend.

  • 7:45 a.m.

    Vettel dominates practice for F1 Australian GP

    Formula One’s three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel signaled he is the man to beat again in 2013 by setting the fastest time in both practice sessions Friday for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

  • 6:43 a.m.

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    MARTIN: Carrying the torch of liberty for future generations

    Ronald Reagan called America a “shining city on a hill” at the first Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 1974. Reagan believed, as the Tea Party Patriots today believe, that the “shining city on a hill” that is America is lit by the torch of liberty, passed down through the generations from America’s Founding Fathers.

  • 6:42 a.m.

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    DIBACCO: 18 presidents with the boys on the bus

    March 15 is the 100-year anniversary of the presidential news conference. Woodrow Wilson had been in the White House less than two weeks when his private secretary, Joseph P. Tumulty, ushered 125 reporters into the Oval Office for what was the beginning of a love fest between traditionally adversarial parties.

  • 6:40 a.m.

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    NANCE: The feminist myth of 'work-family' balance

    With all of the talk of women lately, why has no one sounded the whistle that March is Women’s History Month? During the 1960s, feminist-movement moguls such as Betty Friedan championed themselves as liberators of the poor and miserable stay-at-home mothers.

  • 6:38 a.m.

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    EDITORIAL: The ethanol bubble

    When the price of a commodity rises to stratospheric heights for no apparent reason, it’s likely hysterical speculation. Only the government could come up with a bubble in a commodity that’s merely speculative. This week, the going price for a “renewable identification number” hit a high of $1.10, which is up 3,500 percent from the 3 cents it would have fetched just a few months ago.

  • 6:36 a.m.

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    EDITORIAL: The Walking Dead

    If it’s true that art imitates life (and sometimes it seems so), the National Labor Relations Board has become the bureaucratic equivalent of the television hit “The Walking Dead.”

  • 6:34 a.m.

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    EDITORIAL: The plea bargain danger

    When someone from the government says he’s just trying to help, watch out — especially if he’s offering a plea bargain. The deals often aren’t worth taking — or worse.

  • 6:32 a.m.

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    KUHNER: Reinforcements for Catholic conservatives

    The Roman Catholic Church has chosen a new leader: Pope Francis I. The Holy See has a new kind of pope. He is the first South American and Jesuit to occupy the office. He is the shepherd — the spiritual head of more than 1 billion Catholics — who now has the heavy responsibility of tending to his flock.

  • 6:32 a.m.

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    LAMBRO: Remedial economics for Democrats

    President Obama and the Democrats still don’t get it. They laid down their budget markers this week, seeking to impose nearly $1 trillion in new taxes on an economy that’s still struggling to get back on its feet.

  • 6:31 a.m.

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    FBI questions Benghazi suspect detained in Libya

    A man who is suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi is being detained and questioned in Libya, two unnamed sources say.

  • 6:30 a.m.

    Samsung refreshes iPhone-challenging Galaxy line

    Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III.

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