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12:35 PM ET, March 7, 2015


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GOP leader headed to Selma after all  —  1965's ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, Alabama 6 photos  —  About 600 people began a 50-mile march from Selma to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery on March 7, 1965.  They intended to protest discriminatory practices that prevented black people from voting.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Team Clinton Will Beat the Press - Again  —  They know they can outlast the media's attention, even with the email scandal.  —  The second-guessing of Hillary Clinton's email hygiene while secretary of state has produced hundreds of news stories and a slew of compelling questions.
David Shambaugh / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Chinese Crackup  —  The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi Jinping's ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point  —  On Thursday, the National People's Congress convened in Beijing in what has become a familiar annual ritual.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Campus Reform:
U. California students remove offensive American flag from ‘inclusive’ space  — The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine voted to ban hanging flags in its main lobby.  —  The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted Tuesday to remove all flags …
New York Times:
Menendez Is to Face Corruption Charges, U.S. Official Says  —  The Justice Department is preparing to file corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez, a scrappy 61-year-old veteran of New Jersey politics, after a two-year investigation into allegations that he accepted gifts …
Discussion: Gretawire and Talking Points Memo
Feds prepare corruption charges against Sen. Menendez 01:41  —  People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors' request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively.  An announcement could come within weeks.
John Hawkins /
Republicans Should Dump The Elephant and Adopt A Rubber Stamp As Their Symbol  —  How do you think Republicans would have done in the 2014 elections if they had told the truth about what they intended to do when they took over the Senate?  What if they had campaigned on working hand-in-hand …
Lysee Mitri / KRQE-TV:
Seniors vote for Communism-themed prom  —  ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - They're calling it “prom-munism.”  Seniors at an Albuquerque school want their prom to have a Communism theme.  Seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School near I-25 and Paseo del Norte voted online this week for the theme of their prom this year.
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Iowa cattle call puts farm policy in the 2016 spotlight  —  Agriculture.will be center stage for Republican hopefuls.  —  A dozen GOP presidential hopefuls, 250 reporters, 1,000 spectators and one agribusiness mogul will descend on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday to discuss something …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and ABC News
Chris Johnston / Guardian:
Russia detains two men in Boris Nemtsov murder inquiry  —  Two men from North Caucasus region detained in connection with February killing of Russian opposition leader  —  Russian authorities have detained two men in connection with the murder of the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Washington Post:
Scott Walker gets a crash course in foreign policy  —  On a recent Monday at Washington's Willard InterContinental hotel, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was schooled on the world by some of the GOP's leading foreign-policy lights.  In a two-hour tutorial, seated around a table in the Taft Room sipping sodas …
Discussion: JSOnline
Wesley Goheen / WNEM-TV:
Planet Fitness drops member after gender identity complaint  —  It's a business that sells itself on being non-judgmental but Planet Fitness has allegedly revoked the membership of a woman for complaining.  —  Yvette Cormier, a member at the Midland location, says she had no idea what that meant until a few days ago.
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Wellesley College to accept transgender women
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid Endorses Chris Van Hollen For Senate
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hot Air
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Discussion: Washington Monthly

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