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12:20 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.
Caleb Bonham / Campus Reform:
Prof: Ted Cruz and Republicans are resurrecting ‘discrimination’  — “Politics of the 1960s to Now” is a class taught by Prof. Chris Hamilton, a two-time Fulbright Scholar at Washburn University.  — According to a student, Prof. Hamilton's course claims that Ted Cruz …
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Can You “Imagine” Ted Cruz as President?  —  “I'm running for President, and I hope to earn your support!” the forty-four year-old Texas Senator Ted Cruz said on Twitter, shortly after midnight on Monday, accompanying his tweet with a thirty-second campaign commercial that featured footage …
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?
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Started Listening To Country Music Because Of 9/11 (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite, Hit & Run and Slate
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Rep. Peter King Threatens to Jump Off a Bridge if Cruz Gets GOP Nomination
Fox News Insider:
Megyn to Rand Paul: Why Weren't You First to Announce a 2016 Run?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and OnPolitics
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 …
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.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ferguson and Benghazi's troubling parallels  —  Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi.  It is more of a cause than a place, more of an ideological statement than an incident.  Ferguson was not the racist murder it was thought to be, and Benghazi was not an incident in which the Obama …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Washington Post Columnist Declares Ferguson Is The ‘Liberal Benghazi’
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: abc7chicago.com
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Obama to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2015
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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Emily Schultheis / National Journal:
Hillary Clinton Offers the Media an Olive Branch—and a Lecture
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Dan Balz, Washington Post chief correspondent, wins Toner Prize
Indianapolis Star:
Gen Con threatens to move convention if Gov. Mike Pence signs religious freedom bill  —  The organizers of Gen Con, the city's largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs controversial religious freedom legislation …
Rachelle Peterson / The Federalist:
Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn't Needed On Global Warming  —  Is it morally permissible to allow “climate deniers” to appear in print and televised media?  —  Columbia University journalism students wrestled with this question recently at a screening of the new documentary, “Merchants of Doubt.”
Discussion: BarbWire.com and Ed Driscoll
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Coats retirement in Indiana shakes up 2016 battle for Senate  —  Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Tuesday announced that he will not run for reelection in 2016.  —  “Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate,” Coats said in a statement.  “This was not an easy decision.
Reuters:
Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes ‘imminent’: diplomat  —  (Reuters) - Iraq's request to the U.S.-led coalition for air strikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent”, a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition told Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: NPR
 
 
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