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8:15 AM ET, March 10, 2015

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A war of Obama's making  —  The White House and some Democrats are livid over congressional Republican attempts to circumvent President Obama's authority to make a nuclear arms deal with Iran.  They have a right to be angry — but not to be surprised.  —  There's a war going on between …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Faults G.O.P. Senators' Letter to Iran's Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday sharply rebuked nearly four dozen Republican senators who sent a letter to Iranian leaders just as nuclear negotiations reach a pivotal moment, characterizing the correspondence …
The Hill:
Outrage over GOP's letter to Iran  —  A letter from Senate Republicans to Iran about the pending nuclear deal undermines President Obama's authority to conduct foreign policy, the White House charged Monday.  —  White House press secretary Josh Earnest was unusually blunt in ripping the Senate GOP …
en.mfa.ir:
Dr. Zarif's Response to the Letter of US Senators  —  Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that “in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy.
Jack Goldsmith / Lawfare:
The Error in the Senators' Letter to the Leaders of Iran
Politico:
Hillary Clinton to address email controversy  —  Press conference likely, three sources close to the former secretary of state confirm.  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon address the controversy over her use of a private email account at the State Department, and is likely to hold …
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Washington Post:
The public deserves answers, not stonewalling, from Hillary Clinton  —  A PARAMOUNT test for those running for president is how they make decisions — how they absorb information, what principles they carry and how it is all processed to a final choice.  This is highly subjective …
Sarah Palin / Fox News:
Gov. Palin: I faced tough questions over email, so should Hillary Clinton  —  Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hands off her mobile phone after arriving to meet with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, Netherlands.
Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton eyes campaign launch in early April with plans to staff up in Iowa
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Earnest: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton corresponded via her personal email
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Nearly 60% Looking For Change in '16.  Will They Get It?  —  As for Bush, he finds himself swimming upstream on the issues of Common Core and immigration reform.  —  In the poll, 52 percent of potential GOP primary voters unfavorably view a candidate who supports the Common Core education standards - as Bush does.
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Voters see Hillary and Jeb as old hat  —  A majority of voters see 2016 frontrunners Hillary Clinton (D) and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush (R) as a “return to the policies of the past,” according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows the potential perils for each party's biggest names.
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Big 2016 Field Divides GOP  —  While Democrats Back Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush Faces More Resistance From His Party  —  The two most recognizable figures in the 2016 presidential race start off in very different positions within their own parties, and with Americans overall feeling …
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Excited for Jeb and Hillary? Just Wait for Chelsea vs. George P.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
James Carville Goes Scorched Earth on MSNBC Over Hillary E-mails
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and Power Line
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Sedition in the Name of Patriotism  —  On many occasions during the last few years, as I heard talk of secession and nullification, and of defiance of the courts, and of duly enacted statutes representing slavery and tyranny, and of Higher Laws and a Right to Revolution, and most recently …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn't even the president  —  It's safe to say that no president in modern times has had his legitimacy questioned by the opposition party as much as Barack Obama.  But as his term in office enters its final phase, Republicans are embarking …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Venezuela Executive Order  —  President Obama today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.
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The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela
Discussion: USA Today, CBS DC and The Week
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
How Slowly Did Obama Administration Learn?  —  One of the great puzzles about the Obama administration that historians will have to suss out is just what their actual position was going into and during the negotiations over the Grand Bargain.  This isn't a simple question to define, let alone attempt to answer in a definitive way.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Even a plurality of Democrats want to move on from Obama  —  The conventional wisdom inside the beltway and on the sets of cable news outlets is that the Democratic Party has grown, perhaps inexorably, more liberal over the course of the Obama era.  It is not hard to find liberal Democrats …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets  —  RESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple's iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.
Discussion: The Verge
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Former SEALs chaplain could be kicked out of Navy for Christian beliefs  —  Navy Chaplain Wes Modder is pictured with a ceremonial oar presented to him by Naval Special Warfare Command.  He received the oar at the end of his tour.  (Courtesy Wes Modder)  —  A chaplain who once ministered …
JSOnline:
Scott Walker signs right-to-work bill  —  Overhauling more than a half century of labor law in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed so-called right-to-work legislation banning labor contracts that require private sector workers to pay labor fees.  —  In a matter of weeks …
Chicago Tribune:
Family of 9-month-old girl killed in Little Village: ‘We have no idea’  —  A 9-month-old girl was found dead in the Little Village neighborhood Monday morning, her throat cut by a power saw, authorities said.  —  Police found the child — named Rosie, according to relatives …
Discussion: WTVR-TV, Raw Story and FOX6Now.com
 
 
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