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12:00 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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Bill Clinton won't weigh in on Hillary's emails
Discussion: CNN, Guardian and Political Wire
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Silence is hurting Clinton, Dem says
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Will Clinton's experience be a liability?
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. …
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: On Learning to Ignore Republicans and How the White House Gave Up
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.
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:   Republicans, Democrats Split on Brian Williams' Fate, Poll Finds
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans pick up the pieces after shutdown drama  —  With the Department of Homeland Security standoff in the rearview mirror, Senate Republicans are going on offense with proposals that divide Democrats such as an Iran oversight bill and trade legislation.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Immigration reform looks dead in this Congress
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Florida banned state workers from using term ‘climate change’ - report  —  ‘Global warming’ and ‘sustainability’ among phrases allegedly barred at state's Department of Environmental Protection, investigative report finds  —  Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection …
Tristram Korten / Florida Center …:
In Florida, Officials Ban Term ‘Climate Change’
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Prosecutors protect themselves first: Column  —  When prosecutors lie and falsify evidence, ‘absolute immunity’ protects them from justice.  —  When you're charged with a crime, you're in a tough spot.  As soon as charges are filed, you're faced with the necessity of either (1) …
Rosie Scammell / Guardian:
US tourists caught carving names into Rome's Colosseum  —  Two California women break away from tour group to scratch their initials into ancient amphitheatre, where defacing walls is strictly forbidden  —  Tourists are once again getting into trouble in Italy, with two American women caught carving their names into Rome's Colosseum.
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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
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama library decision delayed by Emanuel race
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McConnell vows to raise debt limit without threatening shutdown or default
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Obama and Selma: The Meaning of ‘Bloody Sunday’
Discussion: Washington Post
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
Martin Luther King's Call for Voting Rights Inspired Isolated Hamlet
Arelis R. Hernández / Washington Post:
U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards said to be announcing Senate bid on Tuesday