Morning Must Reads: March 11

In the news: powerful small states, North Korea, Hamid Karzai, outsourced battles, and the new three amigos in the Senate.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • North Korea declares invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean war.
  • Research ties economic inequality to gap in life expectancy, confusing potential Medicare and Social Security reforms.
  • Small states win: in Rutland, Vermont the federal government has spent $2,500 per person since early 2009, compared with $600 per person across the state border in Washington County, New York.
  • Before meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday that the Taliban were killing Afghan civilians “in service to America.” He believes the U.S. is talking to the Taliban to control Afghanistan’s resources, and that America won’t leave after their NATO mandate expires in 2014.
  • Outsourcing: The U.S. uses local soldiers in its fight against Al Qaeda in East Africa.
  • Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz are the new three amigos.