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3:05 PM ET, March 27, 2015


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama's ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate Democratic leader  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him after he retires at the end of 2016.  —  “I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” …
David Lawder / Reuters:
Senate passes Republican budget with deep safety net cuts  —  (Reuters) - The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.  —  The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress …
Manu Raju / Politico:
REID RETIRING  —  After a brutal eye injury, the 75-year-old Senate Democratic leader decides to forego another grueling campaign for reelection.  —  Harry Reid, a soft-spoken, uninspiring public speaker but savvy backroom political operator, plotted his way up the rungs of the Democratic leadership throughout his career.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:20 minutes ago
Morning Plum: Liberal groups float Elizabeth Warren for Dem Senate leader  —  The news is breaking this morning that Harry Reid will not run for reelection, which will set in motion a scramble for power at the top of the Democratic Senate leadership.  This, in turn, will intensify …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Democrats May Find it Easier to Defend Reid's Open Seat  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada announced Friday morning that he won't seek re-election when his term expires in 2016.  In a YouTube video, Reid explained his decision.  —  v=MqPWTECMIQo
Discussion: Politico
Manu Raju / Politico:
2016 brawl breaks out on Senate floor
James Hohmann / Politico:
Insiders pump the brakes on Cruz
Discussion: Hot Air, and ABC News
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dem Rep. Titus considering bid for Reid's seat
Discussion: Politico and OnPolitics
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
GERMAN NEWS REPORT: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT ...'Hero of Islamic State'?  —  GERMAN REPORT —HE WAS RADICALIZED! … Police have reportedly found an “item of significance” at the apartment of the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwing passenger plane into the Alps this week.
Simon Calder / The Independent:
Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder  —  The ill-thought reinforced cockpit door has had catastrophic consequences  —  A leading aviation security expert has condemned the rules on cockpit access as a “knee-jerk reaction to the events of 9/11” - which, he says …
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Kirsti Knolle / Reuters:
German pilot said to have suffered from depression, anxiety
Discussion: Guardian, The Week and Twitchy
Yelp Official Blog:
An Open Letter to States Considering Imposing Discrimination Laws  —  A little over one year ago I wrote an open letter to then-Arizona Governor Jan Brewer requesting that she veto SB 1062, a bill that would have allowed businesses in the state to discriminate against consumers.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
How To Kill A Discriminatory ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill: Call The Bluff  —  Georgia State Sen. Josh McKoon (R) defends his “religious freedom” bill to a House committee.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/David Goldman  —  Georgia lawmakers have been quickly advancing their own version of a …
Jana Winter / The Intercept:
Exclusive: TSA's Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists  —  Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms.  Add one point each.  Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.  —  These are just a few of the suspicious signs that the Transportation Security Administration directs …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
The four faces of Cruz  —  At the risk of giving solace to the list of possible Republican candidates for the presidency, which seems larger than the starting offense for the Texas Longhorns, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) might have begun the implosion of his presidential candidacy the day after he announced it.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ted Cruz's Senate record by the numbers
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session
Discussion: Common Dreams, Politico and The Week
Lena Dunham / New Yorker:
Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?  A Quiz  —  Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?  —  1. The first thing I noticed about him was his eyes.  —  2. We love to spend hours in bed together on Sunday mornings.  —  3. He's crazy for cream cheese.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mornings in Blue America  —  Two impossible things happened to the U.S. economy over the course of the past year — or at least they were supposed to be impossible, according to the ideology that dominates half our political spectrum.  First, remember how Obamacare was supposed to be a gigantic job killer?
Avi Issacharoff / The Times of Israel:
Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as ‘incomprehensibly’ bad  —  As Tehran hails ‘massive progress’ in talks, Jerusalem protests that regime ‘is working against American-Arab-Israeli interests without paying a price’  —  As Iran hailed “massive progress” toward a deal on its nuclear program …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Review of Rolling Stone's UVA rape story is long and damning  —  The highly anticipated review of Rolling Stone's disputed story about a University of Virginia gang rape was submitted to the magazine this week, the On Media blog has learned, and its contents are apparently quite damning.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Citing Baldness, Gohmert Scraps Presidential Campaign … Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Rep. Gohmert's most recent statement on his presidential aspirations.  —  For one fleeting moment, it appeared that Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert was thinking about running for the White House.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Gov. Scott Walker's Immigration Stance at Center of Dispute  —  A dispute over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's position on immigration erupted on Thursday, highlighting the Republican's struggle to appeal to conservatives on the explosive issue as he prepares to launch a Republican presidential bid.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bush and Walker start to sharpen their messages
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Liberal groups float Elizabeth Warren for Dem Senate leader   Find
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Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Citing Baldness, Gohmert Scraps Presidential Campaign   Find
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Review of Rolling Stone's UVA rape story is long and damning   Find
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Avi Issacharoff / The Times of Israel:
Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as ‘incomprehensibly’ bad   Find
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Campaign To Make You Care About Climate Change Is Failing Miserably   Find
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Lena Dunham / New Yorker:
Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz   Find
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The Campaign To Make You Care About Climate Change Is Failing Miserably
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Here's why the Senate stalemate over the human-trafficking bill is so complex
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Discussion: American Spectator and Mediaite
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