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10:50 PM ET, March 23, 2015

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David McCabe / The Hill:
Cruz made 2016 announcement speech without a teleprompter  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his speech announcing that he would run for the presidency without the assistance of a teleprompter, his spokesman said Monday.  —  Cruz delivered his roughly half-hour announcement speech at evangelical Liberty University in Virginia.
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Andrew Harnik / Washington Post:
Transcript: Ted Cruz's speech at Liberty University  —  Here is a running transcript of Ted Cruz's address at Liberty University in which he officially announced his 2016 presidential bid.  —  CRUZ: Good to see you.  —  Thank you.  (APPLAUSE)  —  Thank you so much, President Falwell.
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Just Laid Out The Most Anti-Woman Agenda Yet  —  When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced his candidacy for president on Monday, he may have forgotten an extremely important electoral group: women.  —  In Cruz's formal announcement for president, he lamented the low voter turnout rates for the Evangelical community.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Ted Cruz Is Such a Long Shot  —  In nearly every presidential primary, a few candidates attract a lot of news media attention even though they have almost no chance to win the nomination.  Sometimes they even lead national polls or win states, but invariably their appeal is too narrow …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Fellow Texan John Cornyn won't back Ted Cruz in presidential primary  —  Sen. Rand Paul may have fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell's support for his likely 2016 presidential bid.  But Sen. Ted Cruz won't have his senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn, behind him.
Wilson / Glenn Beck:
Ted Cruz called Glenn over the weekend and revealed something Glenn thinks is really important  —  On Friday, Glenn left a cryptic message on his Facebook page.  “Just got a phone call.  Monday is going to be a good day.”  We now know that the phone call was from Ted Cruz and they discussed …
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Goes Birther on Canadian-Born Ted Cruz  —  Donald Trump remains interested in birth certificates.  —  The reality television host, real estate magnate, and serial almost-presidential candidate who repeatedly demanded that President Barack Obama produce proof that he was born in Hawaii …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
First Draft: Ted Cruz Faces More Questions on Canada Roots
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Ted Cruz Becomes First Major Candidate to Announce Presidential Bid for 2016
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Ted Cruz's new website puts donor credit card information at risk
Discussion: Techdirt
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Deflines to Hear Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires prospective voters to provide photo identification before casting their ballots.  —  Officials in Wisconsin …
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New York Times:
Netanyahu Apologizes; White House Is Unmoved  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel apologized on Monday for making what were widely condemned as racist comments last week in saying that Arab citizens were voting in “droves.”  —  But even as he spoke with a group …
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The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu apologizes to Arabs for voter turnout remark
Discussion: The Week
Ayo and Iken:
An Interview With George Zimmerman - March 2015  —  In an interview conducted in Orlando by Howard Iken, George Zimmerman discusses his viewpoint on events now that the Justice Department has declined to file charges against him  —  Duplication without prior permission prohibited.
Harriet Alexander / Telegraph:
Argentine archaeologists find secret Nazi lair in jungle  —  Stone structures in the remote region of Misiones are thought to be the ruins of a hideout build by Nazis, in case their leaders needed to flee Germany  —  A team of Argentine archaeologists investigating a series of ruins in the jungle …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Could Liberal Disgust With Campus Brownshirts Be Reaching Critical Mass?  —  You know campus radicalism—the kind that openly oppresses in the name of ending oppression—is going too far when even The Nation magazine takes notice.  Nation writer Michelle Goldberg reports about the case …
Discussion: New York Times
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns  —  WASHINGTON — It was a grueling hearing.  A month after the September 2012 attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, House Republicans grilled a top State Department official about security lapses at the outpost.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Dershowitz Rips Obama on Iran: Couldn't ‘Negotiate a One-month Lease’  —  Famed defense attorney and retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz ripped President Barack Obama in an address to a conference of pro-Israel activists in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.
Dustin Volz / National Journal:
Oil Giant BP Drops Membership With ALEC  —  The oil-and-gas super company is just the latest big firm to leave the conservative group in recent months.  —  Major oil-and-gas corporation BP announced Monday it is parting ways with the American Legislative Exchange Council, marking just the latest …
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Don't You Forget About Me: The John Hughes I Knew  —  To mark the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, P.J. O'Rourke remembers the wit, wisdom, and politics of his friend John Hughes.  —  Somehow—while we Senior Teens in our forties, fifties and sixties weren't paying attention …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Here are the first lawsuits to challenge the FCC's net neutrality rules  —  An industry trade group and a small, Texas-based Internet provider are among the first to mount a legal challenge to the federal government's new net neutrality rules.  —  On Monday, USTelecom …
Discussion: The Hill, The Verge, Techdirt and Engadget
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse  —  The 2016 election is still 19 mind-numbing, soul-killing months away.  There is, however, another important election in just six weeks, as Britain goes to the polls.  And many of the same issues are on the table.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Journalists have to decide what to do about candidates who are climate change denialists  —  Claims that climate science is a hoax, that human action is not a factor: these are not defensible positions in a normal debate.  They are ways of saying — and saying to the press — hey, the evidence doesn't matter.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Hillary Clinton meets Barack Obama at the White House  —  No word on whether she came with a ruler to measure the curtains, but Hillary Clinton did meet privately with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House  —  Clinton was in Washington for an event about the future …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Indianapolis Star:
Last Slide  —  Controversial religious freedom legislation that could protect business owners who don't want to provide services for same-sex couples is poised to become law in Indiana.  —  The Republican-controlled Indiana House approved the measure this afternoon on a 63-31 vote, largely along party lines.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Any Republicans who vote against higher defense spending should be fired  —  Let's talk a bit about which House Republican incumbents are going to draw primary opponents in 2016.  Make a note: Those GOP representatives who vote against upping Pentagon spending this week are at the top of a list …
 
 
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Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
Loretta Lynch Senate Confirmation Vote Seen Delayed Until Mid-April
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Fox News:
‘Kill the Jews!’: New fears stoked as drunken mob attacks London synagogue
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T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Charlottesville police find no evidence in U-Va. sexual assault case
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Documents Reveal Canada's Secret Hacking Tactics
Discussion: Business Insider and Common Dreams
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
High school accused of massive grade-fixing scheme
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Stephen Rex Brown / NY Daily News:
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Discussion: Raw Story and BizPac Review
CBS Philly:
Gunman Shot Dead Inside West Philadelphia Barbershop
Lev Tsitrin / American Thinker:
Obama is enraged - by Netanyahu quoting Kerry
Discussion: Israel Matzav and New York Post