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Amanda Becker / Reuters:
Democratic support for Hillary Clinton softens: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Democratic support for Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign is softening amid controversy over her use of personal email when secretary of state, but most Democrats are for now sticking by their party's presumed candidate.
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A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Nothing new from Clinton  —  As Hillary Clinton hides behind lame tweets, furiously planning the launch of her new and different presidential campaign, Democrats wonder if they can find a 3-D printer that could produce a new Candidate Hillary.  Hillary 2.0 would have the same resume …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hit & Run
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
How Hillary can win big  —  While Hillary Clinton is under attack from taxpayer-subsidized partisan inquisitions by Republicans in a Congress that is disapproved of by nearly 73 percent of Americans, according to Real Clear Politics, 57 percent of Americans would be proud to have her as our president …
Seth Lipsky / New York Post:
Why doesn't Obama just pardon Hillary?
Discussion: Hot Air
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
A mighty fundraising operation awaits Clinton, as well as financial hurdles
Discussion: Progress Pond and Political Wire
Yousef Munayyer / New York Times:
Netanyahu's Win Is Good for Palestine  —  WASHINGTON — IF anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday's election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch.
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New York Times:
Israel's Netanyahu Reopens Door to Palestinian State, but White House Is Unimpressed  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Thursday tried to walk back his pre-election declaration that no Palestinian state would be established on his watch, but his new assertions appeared …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Bibi Will Make History  —  Well, it's pretty clear now …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Israel's shield no more?  —  Officials say they are revisiting …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup  —  Insiders say to expect more news, less bombast and, fresh voices.  —  It would be hard to imagine a news event better tailored to MSNBC's Venn diagram of “lean forward” liberals and “place for politics” political junkies.
Jeremiah Horrigan / Times Herald-Record:
Arabic version of Pledge of Allegiance at Pine Bush High School ignites furor  — What began as an effort to celebrate national Foreign Language Week at Pine Bush High School has imploded into a raging controversy that has divided the school into angry factions.  —  » RELATED CONTENT
Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed:
College Professor Bans Student From Class For His Views On Rape  —  A 19-year-old was banned from the discussion portion of a humanities class at Reed College after students complained that his opinions on sexual assault made them feel uncomfortable.  He doesn't want to keep quiet.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Shakesville
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Huge Boehner-Pelosi Deal That Could Change Medicare Forever  —  WASHINGTON — The House's top two leaders are on the verge of securing a sweeping deal to permanently fix a gaping hole in Medicare that has haunted Congress for more than a decade while also securing significant long-term savings in the program.
Holly Yan / CNN:
Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)How do we offset the influence of big money in politics while fixing the country's abysmal voter turnout rate?  —  President Barack Obama suggests it might be time to make voting a requirement.
abc7.com:
Police arrest former nurse aide in Craigslist unborn baby stabbing  —  Police say the suspect in a baby snatching case, Dynel Lane, held a Colorado nurses' aide license  —  Police have arrested 34-year-old Dynel Catrece Lane in the stabbing of a pregnant woman who lost her baby.
Discussion: ABC News and abc7chicago.com
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abc7.com:   Police: Baby cut from womb of pregnant woman responding to Craigslist
Gdrosenblum / CBS San Francisco:
Napolitano Says 'We Don't Have To Listen To This Crap' As Half-Naked Students Protest Potential UC Tuition Hikes  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn't have to listen to this crap” as underwear-clad …
Sugar Mama / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin Mayor Steve Adler: ‘White people’ stickers appalling, offensive  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  East Austin businesses were targeted with stickers that declared them “exclusively for white people.”  —  Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, El Chilito Tacos y Café and Windmill Bicycles reported finding stickers.
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KEYE-TV:
Austin Police Investigate ‘Exclusively For White People’ Stickers On Businesses
Discussion: WGN-TV, abc30.com and Raw Story
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2015  —  Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie … Opinion Of ACA Five Years After Passage  —  The health care law has been politically divisive since its passage in March 2010.  However, the gap between favorable and unfavorable opinions …
Ray Long / Chicago Tribune:
Lobbyist sues to regain big pension he got from 1 day as substitute teacher  —  A union lobbyist who qualified for a teacher pension windfall by subbing at a school for one day is now suing a state retirement board because his benefits were scaled back once his sweet deal was exposed.
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Lee Shearerupdated / Athens Daily News:
Hoop skirts banned at UGA following Oklahoma frat video  —  Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past.  —  The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
A recently hired adviser to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R-TX) campaign-in-waiting made waves in the 2012 presidential race when he suggested it isn't God's will to have a female president.  —  On Wednesday, Perry's political action committee, RickPAC, announced that Jamie Johnson had joined as senior director.
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
White Parents On Fox News Condemn School's Black History Month Event  —  A segment on Thursday morning during the Fox News program “Fox & Friends” featured an all-white panel demanding an “apology” from a school district in Virginia for a Black History Month event about police brutality.
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Jeb Bush's forgotten father-in-law  —  Bush says his Mexican father-in-law abandoned his family to work in the U.S. That's not how his other relatives remember it.  —  Aides to Jeb Bush have said that his wife Columba's father left her family in Mexico when he immigrated to America.
Discussion: Hot Air
Shaun KingFollow / Daily Kos:
University of Virginia honors student, Martese Johnson, brutally and unjustly beaten by police  —  A popular undergraduate honors student and leader at the University of Virginia, Martese Johnson, was brutally assaulted by law enforcement near the campus very early Wednesday morning.
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Earth had warmest winter on record  —  The Earth just had its warmest winter on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday.  —  Winter is defined as the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere, and 90% of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
Discussion: The Week and New York Magazine
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Iran limited to 6K centrifuges in draft accord  —  6 photos  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday to set new goals for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of federal agencies, his latest use of his executive authority to address the root causes of climate change …
 
 
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Eliot Kleinberg / Post On Politics:
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Maria Puente / USA Today:
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Michelle Tan / Army Times:
Army investigates alleged ‘Racial Thursdays’ at unit
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz seeks to upend D.C. laws on contraception coverage, gay rights
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
USA Today:
Judge sends strong message with teacher's sentence
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Bloomberg Business:
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The Hill:
Warren has Fed chief's ear
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Fiscal hawks scuttle House Republican budget efforts