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4:20 PM ET, March 24, 2015

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Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
Israel Spied on Iran Talks  —  Ally's snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal  —  Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran's nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks.
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Jason Zengerle / GQ:
What If Sarah Palin Were a Brain Surgeon?  —  Until two years ago, Ben Carson was a mild-mannered neurosurgeon—a hero to black America, the subject of a tender made-for-TV movie.  Then he started raving about Nazis and America's demise.  Now he's the Tea Party's great White House hope—and the GOP's worst nightmare.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner ‘baffled’ by Israeli spying report  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday he was “shocked” and “baffled” by reports the Israeli government had spied on sensitive U.S.-Iran nuclear talks and passed information to members of Congress to whip up opposition to a potential deal.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Orwellian Obama Presidency  —  Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory.  —  The humiliating denouement to America's involvement in Yemen came over the weekend, when U.S. Special Forces were forced to evacuate a base from which they had operated against the local branch of al Qaeda.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
James Baker blasts Benjamin Netanyahu
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Video of White House Incident Released
Discussion: Politico
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Rep. Peter King Threatens to Jump Off a Bridge if Cruz Gets GOP Nomination  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN's The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Started Listening To Country Music Because Of 9/11 (VIDEO)  —  Leaving no political stone unturned, newly-declared presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a very particular answer on Tuesday when asked about his taste in music.  —  “You know, music is interesting,” he said on CBS “This Morning.”
Discussion: Mediaite
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Ted Cruz Cannot Be Serious
Helena Andrews / Washington Post:
The White House head florist is gone and rumors are flying about why  —  When White House chief pastry chef Bill Yosses left the executive mansion last summer, the president publicly mourned the loss of “the crust master's” mysteriously addictive pies.  And when the first family's personal chef and pal …
Angelina Jolie Pitt / New York Times:
Diary of a Surgery  —  LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy.  A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene.  It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Washington Post Columnist Declares Ferguson Is The ‘Liberal Benghazi’  —  Liberals have found an ideological bugaboo on par with Benghazi in the Michael Brown shooting, according to Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen.  —  “Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi,” Cohen wrote in a column published Monday night.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ferguson and Benghazi's troubling parallels
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Booman Tribune
BREITBART.COM:
Reports: MSM Reporters Give Hillary Clinton Standing Ovation after She Takes No Questions, Jokes about Email Scandal  —  On Monday evening, mainstream media reporters reportedly gave Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she joked about her private email scandal and took no questions …
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Clinton Jokes About Private Email and ‘Complicated’ Press Relationship
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Hillary Clinton seeks clean slate with press
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Abdul Hakim-Shabazz / IndyPolitics.Org:
Coats Not Running for Re-Election  —  U.S. Senator Dan Coats has just informed Indy Politics that he will NOT run for another term in the U.S. Senate.  —  Coats said he deliberated for months before making his decision.  He says he informed leadership this morning today of his decision.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems see glimmer of hope in Dan Coats' retirement  —  Indiana Sen. Dan Coats' announcement on Tuesday that he will not seek another term has heartened Democrats who now see a slight chance to pick off a red-state Senate seat in 2016.  —  At the top of Democrats' wish list is former Sen. Evan Bayh …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Phil Robertson Hypothesizes About Atheist Family Getting Raped And Killed  —  On Friday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles aired a speech that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty delivered at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast earlier that day, in which Robertson offered gruesome details about how an atheist father …
Andrew Marszal / Telegraph:
Germanwings Airbus A320 crashes in French Alps with 150 people on board: latest  —  Germanwings plane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf disappeared off the radar before crashing near Digne-les-Bains  —  13.12 Gerard Monchablon, an Air France pilot, is speaking live on BFM TV now.
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Beka Economopoulos / The Natural History Museum:
An Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community  —  To Museums of Science and Natural History:  —  As members of the scientific community we devote our lives to understanding the world, and sharing this understanding with the public.  We are deeply concerned …
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Here's How $20 Oil Could Become a Reality If Storage Runs Out  —  The looming storage crisis explained … There's the makings of a crisis swirling in America's oil-storage tanks, and the next few months will determine whether it's a minor annoyance, or a major blow, to U.S. oil.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Craig Giammona / Bloomberg Business:
Taco Bell Introduces Breakfast Biscuits in Bid for Morning Sales  —  (Bloomberg) — Taco Bell is sticking with the playbook that helped it muscle into the breakfast business last year: Take a breakfast sandwich, and put it in a taco.  —  The fast-food chain will introduce a new line of Biscuit Tacos …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver, USA Today and KFOR-TV
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Supreme Court Justices Blast The Corrections System  —  Justices Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy during a congressional hearing Monday, March 23.  —  CREDIT: Screenshot from C-SPAN  —  The prisons are one of the most misunderstood institutions of government.  Solitary confinement drives individuals insane.
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Russia's return to Nicaragua worrying many in Central America
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Bart Bedsole / KAJA-TV:
TAMUCC students appalled at racial slurs found inside apartment
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
Dem Rep Rips Breitbart Editor as ‘Orthodox’ Jew at Anti-Israel Convention
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Caught Between Dueling Forces on Education: Teachers and Wealthy Donors
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC Pundit Speculates Jet Crashed In France Because Of ‘Hacking’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama picks Shailagh Murray to replace Pfeiffer
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Yahoo:
Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe
Discussion: Washington Monthly and JSOnline
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Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Wrong Time to Coddle
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Discussion: UPI and Hullabaloo
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
America isn't better with ObamaCare
Rahm Emanuel / Salon:
Why the left hates this man: Rahm Emanuel's sins against the progressive movement