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2:15 PM ET, March 9, 2015


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Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Republicans Warn Iran — and Obama — That Deal Won't Last  —  A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama's administration won't last after Obama leaves office.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Republican Senators Write To Leaders Of Iran, Attempt To Sabotage Nuclear Deal  —  Forty-seven Republican senators are seeking to undermine the international negotiations aimed at containing Iran's nuclear program with an open letter to the government of Iran, warning the Persian leaders …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Republican Senators Write to Iran: Deal With Obama Can Be Revoked  —  A group of nearly 50 Republican senators have written a letter to Iran to explain how the U.S. Constitution works.  The letter is “An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Discussion: Power Line
Jack Goldsmith / Lawfare:
The Error in the Senators' Letter to the Leaders of Iran  —  Josh Rogin reports that a “group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama's administration won't last after Obama leaves office.”
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Walker Rips Clinton for ‘Audacity’ in Email Scandal  —  In an interview Sunday afternoon, Scott Walker strongly criticized Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of private email as secretary of state and rejected accusations that he's guilty of hypocrisy on the issue.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Bill Clinton declines to weigh in on Hillary email debacle
Discussion: The Hill, Guardian and Political Wire
Mark Cunningham / New York Post:
Clinton, Inc. is what's wrong with America
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Does Hillary email flap mean trouble ahead for White House?
Oklahoma Daily:
OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity under investigation after video of racist chant leaks online  —  Editor's Note: This story contains graphic and racially-charged language.  —  OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members have been allegedly implicated in a video showing members participating …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Lindsey Graham Explains Why He Doesn't Use E-mail  —  The luddite question heard 'round the world.  —  CONCORD, N.H.—It was not the news that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham went on TV to make.  Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, who like the rest of Washington was exploring every angle …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Gowdy to be Special Guest, Discuss Benghazi at Virginia GOP Fundraiser
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   Graham: 'I don't email'
Feds interviewed Harry Reid for Robert Menendez probe  —  There is no indication the Democratic leader is ensnared, but he has a big political problem on his hands.  —  Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid voluntarily interviewed with Justice Department lawyers and FBI agents a year ago …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans pick up the pieces after shutdown drama
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Juan Williams / The Hill:
How conservatives capsized school reform  —  Last week President Obama invited a small group of journalists, including me, to talk with him at the White House.  —  The conversation was off-the-record.  But speaking generally about the two-hour talk, I can say the president is intent on what is happening in Congress.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Dan Pfeiffer's Exit Interview: How the White House Learned to Be Liberal
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Fox News most trusted network  —  Fox News has the most trusted network and cable news coverage in the United States, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.  But network TV is much less trustworthy than it was in the days of Walter Cronkite, American voters say.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
2016's top ten most vulnerable senators  —  Senate Democrats are hoping to take advantage of a favorable electoral map in 2016 to swing majority control back their way.  —  This cycle, Republicans are defending 24 seats compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states President Obama carried twice.
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
The Islamic State appears to be fraying from within  —  BEIRUT — The Islamic State ­appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group's strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those living under its despotic rule.
Tony Cook / Indianapolis Star:
VA manager's email mocks veteran suicides  —  A manager at the Roudebush Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis appears to mock the mental health problems of returning combat veterans in an email to her employees.  —  The email obtained by The Indianapolis Star contains photographs …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Jeremy Warner / Telegraph:
Austria is fast becoming Europe's latest debt nightmare  —  A mini-Greece is about to go off in Europe's heartlands, and markets don't even know it  —  Ah Austria, land of schnitzel, lederhosen, Mozart, alpine meadows and beer drinking.  Less widely appreciated is its special place in the history of catastrophic banking crises.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
(Actually) True War Stories at NBC News  —  No one at the table knew whether ­Williams wanted to stay in the anchor chair.  Although he seemed genetically bred to be a newscaster—with that perfect almond hair, a jutting jaw, and a commanding yet calming baritone—Williams had …
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
Barron's AP Test Prep Guide: Clarence Thomas Is A Fascist In League With KKK [PHOTOS]  —  The latest version of a top-selling study guide for the Advanced Placement European History exam explains the French Revolution with a chart which identifies Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a fascist and pairs him with the Ku Klux Klan.
Emily Hill /
KKK fliers left at Selma homes on 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’  —  Ku Klux Klan fliers were left at Selma homes on the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”  —  Robert Jones, the grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK spoke with Sunday afternoon and said about 4,000 KKK fliers …
Discussion: Politico and News One
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Russia's anti-American fever goes beyond the Soviet era's  —  MOSCOW — Thought the Soviet Union was anti-American?  Try today's Russia.  —  After a year in which furious rhetoric has been pumped across Russian airwaves, anger toward the United States is at its worst since opinion polls began tracking it.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Business Insider
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army eases ban on transgender soldiers
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's Obamacare contraception objections
Discussion: PUNDIT PRESS and Hot Air
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago:
Rep. Aaron Schock bills taxpayers for staffers' weekend in New York
Greg Hinz / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: Fred Klonsky
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush? Florida governor may pick neither
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
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Rosie Scammell / Guardian:
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