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2:25 PM ET, March 10, 2015

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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Cotton fires back at Biden over Iran letter  —  Sen. Tom Cotton is firing back at Vice President Joe Biden's criticism of his letter to Iran, saying: What does he know about foreign policy?  —  “Joe Biden, as [President] Barack Obama's own secretary of defense has said …
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Politico:
GOP dissenters: Iran letter could backfire  —  Republicans could alienate Democrats whose votes are needed to override an Iran sanctions veto.  —  Not every Senate Republican signed on to Sen. Tom Cotton's extraordinary letter to Iran's leaders, and several of those who didn't are fuming …
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.
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
‘TRAITORS’: NY Daily News Slams GOP Senators Who Signed Iran Letter (PHOTO)  —  The New York Daily News on Tuesday used its front page to condemn Republican senators for signing an open letter to Iran warning that a potential nuclear deal could be null once President Barack Obama is out of office.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Twitchy
Bloomberg Business:
Tom Cotton Says Republicans Are Not Traitors for Letter to Iran
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors
Agence France-Presse:
Iran says lawmakers' letter has sapped trust in US
Discussion: Mediaite
Senator Tom Cotton:
Search form  —  Washington, D.C.—  Senator Tom Cotton …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
White House Faults G.O.P. Senators' Letter to Iran's Leaders
CBS News:
Hillary Clinton to respond to email controversy Tuesday  —  Shares -  —  A source close to Hillary Clinton tells CBS News that the former secretary of state will speak publicly about her use of a private email account, rather than a government address while she was secretary of state.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Credentials for Hillary Press Avail Needed to Be Requested 24 Hours Ahead of Time  —  Hillary Clinton will be holding a press availability today at the United Nations in New York City.  But all members of the press won't be able to attend.  Only those who requested credentials 24 hours before the event …
Marina Koren / National Journal:
Yes, Hillary Clinton Will Hold a Press Conference.  And It's Going to Be ‘Brief.’  —  A Clinton spokesman just confirmed the biggest political event of the day.  —  Forget Hillary Clinton's speech on gender equality at the United Nations this afternoon.  What the people wanted to know on Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters, Hot Air and The Week
Clinton E-mails / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Press Conference: The Live Blog  —  Bloomberg Politics is following the run-up to former Secretary of State's Hillary Clinton press conference on Tuesday—her first press availability since September, coming amid scrutiny of her family foundation finances and private e-mail use.
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Examiner
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Oklahoma Daily:
Sigma Alpha Epsilon house mom implicated in recently surfaced racist video  —  A video surfaced Monday evening appearing to depict OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon house mom.  —  The Feb. 24, 2013 Vine, shows a woman who appears to be Beauton Gilbow saying the n-word repeatedly.
New York Times:
Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TODAY, we're filing a lawsuit against the National Security Agency to protect the rights of the 500 million people who use Wikipedia every month.  We're doing so because a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Common Dreams
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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
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, a public university may not expel students for racist speech [UPDATED in light of the students' expulsion]  —  Some Oklahoma University students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell), … Oklahoma University president David Boren said …
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed, Reuters and Hit & Run
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: Techdirt, Common Dreams and The Verge
Drug Policy Alliance:
Tuesday: Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to Introduce Historic Medical Marijuana Legislation  —  First-Ever Bill in U.S. Senate To Legalize Marijuana for Medical Use  —  Tuesday: Senate Press Conference @12:30 pm and Drug Policy Alliance Teleconference @ 3 pm Will Reveal Details
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Niraj Chokshi / Washington Post:
In a first, senators plan to introduce federal medical marijuana bill
Discussion: The Week, The Verge and Politico
 
 
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Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker questions legitimacy of Benghazi panel
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Discussion: Washington Monthly, Roll Call and CNN
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Charles Schwab must face U.S. lawsuit over bond index fund
Center for Effective Government:
As Congress Considers Legislative Improvements, New Report Shows Federal Agencies Still Struggle …
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Cost of Relativism  —  One of America's leading political …
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Burger King drops soft drinks from kids' meals
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Left's Mess in Venezuela
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Deirdre Shesgreen / Cincinnati.com:
Sittenfeld touts Ohio tour after Brown endorses Strickland