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9:50 PM ET, March 1, 2015


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Mark Langfan / Reuters:
Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike  —  Kuwaiti paper claims unnamed Israeli minister with good ties with the US administration ‘revealed the attack plan to John Kerry.’  —  The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma'an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday …
William Booth / Washington Post:
Netanyahu's address to Congress will be most important speech of his life  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress will probably be the most important speech of his career — and one that has already jeopardized relations between Israel and the United States.
Discussion: FOX News Radio and The Week
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Nearly Half of Voters Disapprove of GOP's Netanyahu Invite
ABC News:
Kerry Worries Israeli PM Visit May Become ‘Political Football’
Discussion: Associated Press
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Kerry Tries to Dampen Fuss Over Israeli PM's Speech
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry Contradicts Administration: Bibi ‘Welcome to Speak in the U.S.’
Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News:
Free of Ebola but not fear  —  Nurse Nina Pham to file lawsuit against Presby parent, worries about continued health woes  —  Experimental drugs and special care helped make Nina Pham Ebola free.  But today she fears she may never escape the deadly disease.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Hard Cases  —  The great Supreme Court cases turn on the majestic ambiguities embedded in the Constitution.  It is not a simple thing to define and apply terms like “the freedom of speech,” or “equal protection of the laws,” much less explain how much process is “due.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hullabaloo
Ana Marie Cox / The Daily Beast:
Why I'm Coming Out as a Christian  —  I'm not scared that non-believers will make me feel like an outcast.  I'm scared that Christians will.  —  Who do I need to prove my faith to—and why should I try?  —  I've lately observed conservatives questioning Obama's faith with more than professional interest.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
The O'Reilly tapes: Phone recordings raise new questions about JFK story  —  One evening in March more than 30 years ago, Gaeton Fonzi received a call from a man whose voice and name are now instantly recognizable.  —  “Hi Gaeton,” the caller said.  “Bill O'Reilly.”  —  The year was 1977.
Olga TanasJason Corcoran / Bloomberg Business:
Russian Opposition Gathers in Moscow to Honor Murdered Nemtsov  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Tens of thousands marched through Moscow to honor slain political activist Boris Nemtsov in the biggest show of support for Russia's opposition in three years.
Julia Ioffe / New York Times:
After Boris Nemtsov's Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’
Reuters:   Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Hugh Hewitt On The Kinds Of Questions He'll Ask At The Debate: No Evolution  —  And no questions meant to “divide on religious grounds.”  The radio show host, who will be a part of CNN's debate, says foreign policy should come first in an interview with radio host Aaron Klein.  —  Alex Gallardo / AP Images
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
Steve Scalise vows to continue immigration fight  —  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise vowed on Sunday to keep fighting against President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration in the midst of the Department of Homeland Security funding battle.  —  Congress passed a last-minute …
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Brown / National Journal:
Democrats: Boehner Promised Us a Vote on a Clean DHS Bill Next Week
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple's New Job: Selling a Smartwatch to an Uninterested Public  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For Apple, the hard part — making a smartwatch — is nearly over.  —  Soon it will be time for the harder part: selling the long-anticipated Apple Watch to consumers who, so far, are not very excited …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Verge
RIchard Spencer / Telegraph:
How Syria's Christians stopped turning the other cheek  —  New Christian militia goes into battle against Isil - but pays a high price  —  Like many of Syria's warriors, Kino Gabriel was a student four years ago, training to be a dentist.  —  Like many other Syrians, he resisted the call to war …
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News:
Gov. Walker on CPAC, record in Wisconsin; Rep. Scalise talks DHS funding fight  —  Special Guests: Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.  —  This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” March 1, 2015.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NY Daily News:
Nancy Sinatra insists Ronan Farrow is not Frank Sinatra's son  —  Frank Sinatra would've turned 100 years old this year and Old Blue Eyes' daughter Nancy would like to make clear that that his legacy doesn't include Ronan Farrow.  —  “He's Mia's son and we love him, but he has nothing …
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Leonard Pitts Jr / miamiherald:
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Some songs have the power to excite forever  —  There are sounds it feels like you've known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it's hard to believe they were ever new.  One of those sounds is this:  —  James Jamerson thumps a heartbeat on the bass.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
TV Exec. Suing Comcast/Sharpton: 'Give Him $50k and a Bucket of Chicken and We're Good'  —  Byron Allen, the CEO of Entertainment Studios, continued his attacks on Al Sharpton in light of a discrimination lawsuit Allen and other African-American media owners filed against Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
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Brendan Smialowski / ABC News:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Caller
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Martin O'Malley, in Veiled Jab at Hillary Clinton, Derides Politics of ‘Triangulation’
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