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12:50 PM ET, March 9, 2015


 Top Items: 
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Emails May Be a Key to Addressing ‘Pay-to-Play’ Whispers at Clinton Foundation  —  There are not two Clinton controversies.  There is one big, hairy deal.  —  “Follow the money.”  That apocryphal phrase, attributed to Watergate whistle-blower “Deep Throat,” explains why the biggest threat …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Faces Test of Record as Women's Advocate  —  MIAMI — It was supposed to be a carefully planned anniversary to mark one of the most important and widely praised moments in Hillary Rodham Clinton's political career — and to remind the country, ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Does Hillary email flap mean trouble ahead for White House?
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Bill Clinton won't weigh in on Hillary's emails
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and Political Wire
Mark Cunningham / New York Post:
Clinton, Inc. is what's wrong with America
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Silence is hurting Clinton, Dem says
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
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 …
Samantha Vicent / Tulsa World:
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity closes OU chapter after racist video appears online
ABC News:
University of Oklahoma Fraternity Closed After Video of Racist Chant
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   Graham: 'I don't email'
NBC News:
Graham's surprising answer: “I don't email. …
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Right Scoop
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:   Republicans, Democrats Split on Brian Williams' Fate, Poll Finds
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
Mark Tower /
Planet Fitness transgender-friendly policy 'threatens women's safety,' Midland lawmaker says  —  Members of Planet Fitness, 4572 State in Green Acres Plaza, Saginaw Township, work out during lunch break on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013. … MIDLAND, MI — The decision by a local Planet Fitness …
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
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: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin Signs ‘Right to Work’ Bill  —  MADISON, Wis. — For decades, states across the South, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains enacted policies, known as “right to work,” that prevented organized labor from forcing all workers to pay union dues or fees.  But the industrial Midwest resisted.
Discussion: The Week
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Walker Rips Clinton for ‘Audacity’ in Email Scandal: She Put Her Personal Interest Before the National Interest
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Russia's anti-American fever goes beyond the Soviet era's
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Business Insider
Suge Knight ... FULL VIDEO of Fatal Hit and Run
Discussion: KTLA, News One and CBS Los Angeles
Lynn Sweet / Chicago:
Rep. Aaron Schock bills taxpayers for staffers' weekend in New York
Discussion: Political Wire and
Greg Hinz / Bloomberg Business:
Rauner pension math would mean big cuts for current state employees
Discussion: Fred Klonsky
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush? Florida governor may pick neither
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McConnell vows to raise debt limit without threatening shutdown or default
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans pick up the pieces after shutdown drama
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Prosecutors protect themselves first: Column
Rosie Scammell / Guardian:
US tourists caught carving names into Rome's Colosseum
Arelis R. Hernández / Washington Post:
U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards said to be announcing Senate bid on Tuesday