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9:45 AM ET, March 25, 2015

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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Ted Cruz to sign up for government health care  —  Ted Cruz, one of the loudest critics of Obamacare, will soon be using it for health insurance coverage.  —  “We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care and we're in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz …
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CNN:
Ted Cruz going on Obamacare  —  Ted Cruz says he will enroll in Obamacare 01:47  —  (CNN)Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare.  —  The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act — a law he has been on a crusade to kill.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
On Global Warming, Ted Cruz Says He's Galileo, Not a Flat-Earther  —  The Texas senator is not a believer in man-made climate change.  —  The similarities between Texas Senator Ted Cruz and 16th-century astronomer Galileo Galilei are remarkable, according to Cruz.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Cruz signing up for ObamaCare  —  Sen. Ted Cruz is signing up for ObamaCare one day after launching his presidential bid.  —  Cruz, one of the biggest ObamaCare foes in Congress, found himself without health insurance after his wife, an executive at Goldman Sachs, announced she is taking an unpaid leave to join his campaign.
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Ted Cruz Knocks Goldman Sachs, Wife's Firm, Over ‘Special Favors From Government’  —  Interviewed on “With All Due Respect,” the Texas senator said that Wall Street favors from Washington should end.  —  One day after announcing himself as presidential candidate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz fired …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Ted Cruz's challenge: The other guys have done things
Rachelle Peterson / The Federalist:
Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn't Needed On Global Warming
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and BarbWire.com
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Ted Cruz Should Try Speaking to People Instead of at Them
George Sells / FOX2now.com:
Man kicked off Southwest flight over language on t-shirt … ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - A New York college student found himself stranded in St. Louis, Monday after being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight that wasn't even supposed to land here.  The conflict raises a classic first amendment debate …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cruz Candidacy  —  Ideology aside, the Republican is similar in many ways to Obama.  —  Can a smart, articulate, 40-something first term Senator trained in constitutional law, who disdains his colleagues and lacks executive experience, make the leap to the White House?
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Jeb Bush's Nightmare Scenario  —  Bush is expected to be a formidable contender for the GOP nomination.  But there are signs that his biography will lead to struggles in the primary's early stages.  —  Talk to enough Republican insiders about the presidential primary field, and you'll get a common sentiment when it comes to Jeb Bush.
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Jeb's South Carolina firewall fails to take shape
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video  —  This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.  —  A video sting operation shows Cornell's assistant dean for students …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Dems need a plan B  —  Hillary Clinton has survived the first crisis of her putative 2016 campaign.  She appears to have put Emailgate behind her, either because most people accept her explanation that she chose to use her own private email, rather than the official State Department system …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Look Before Leaping  —  I can think of many good reasons to go ahead with the nuclear deal with Iran, and I can think of just as many reasons not to.  So, if you're confused, let me see if I can confuse you even more.  —  The proposed deal to lift sanctions on Iran …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Zero Hedge
The Hill:
Sen. Reid gives cold shoulder to Pelosi agreement on Medicare  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stands as the biggest hurdle to a rare bipartisan deal on Medicare backed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Discussion: National Journal and Hot Air
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.
Washington Post:
Report: Va. governor received special treatment from Homeland Security  —  The now-No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security intervened on behalf of politically connected favor seekers — including Democrat Terry McAuliffe not long before he was elected Virginia governor …
New York Times:
U.S. to Delay Pullout of Troops From Afghanistan to Aid Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's decision to maintain troop levels in Afghanistan through 2015 is partly designed to bolster American counterterrorism efforts in that country, including the Central Intelligence Agency's ability …
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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
President Obama Announces Slowdown of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Obama to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2015
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Imagines Vivid Rape And Murder Scenario For Atheist Family  —  “Duck Dynasty” star and conservative icon Phil Robertson told a gruesome, vivid story on Friday about the hypothetical rape and murder of a family to illustrate the perils of atheism, according to audio surfaced by Right Wing Watch.
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Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
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Drew Galloway / WHNT-TV:
Photo showing children climbing on Vietnam Women's Memorial goes viral
Discussion: Fox News Insider and FOX31 Denver
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Obama Snubs Nato Chief as Crisis Rages
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Fox News
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Coats retirement in Indiana shakes up 2016 battle for Senate
Reuters:
Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes ‘imminent’: diplomat
Discussion: NPR
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Discussion: The Verge, Consumerist and PandoDaily
Nick Gass / Politico:
Barney Frank: Joe Biden 'can't keep his mouth shut or his hands to himself'
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate's old guard just says ‘no’ to pot overhaul
Discussion: Althouse
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
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