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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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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
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.
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 …
Iran Primer / New Articles:
Part II: Iran Responds to GOP Letter  —  On Mach 9, Iran's U.N. mission circulated the following press release detailing Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's reaction to the GOP letter on a nuclear deal.  —  Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders …
Agence France-Presse:
Iran says lawmakers' letter has sapped trust in US
Discussion: Mediaite
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors
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
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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.
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
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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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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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
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 …
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: Common Dreams and The Verge
Jennifer Mann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri Supreme Court takes over cases in Ferguson; judge resigns  —  FERGUSON  • The Missouri Supreme Court announced Monday that it will take the “extraordinary action” of reassigning all Ferguson municipal court cases to the circuit court, starting next week.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Cost of Relativism  —  One of America's leading political scientists, Robert Putnam, has just come out with a book called “Our Kids” about the growing chasm between those who live in college-educated America and those who live in high-school-educated America.  It's got a definitive collection of data about this divide.
Discussion: alicublog and First Draft
 
 
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Center for Effective Government:
As Congress Considers Legislative Improvements, New Report Shows Federal Agencies Still Struggle …
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
No, a public university may not expel students for racist speech
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed, Reuters and Hit & Run
Chelsea Karnash / CBS Philly:
Tufts Professor: I Just Want Kids To Vote Before Age 18 And Before They Leave School
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Burger King drops soft drinks from kids' meals
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Chicago
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Cruz touts opposition to same-sex marriage
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
White House Hopefuls Highlight Working-Class Struggles: Their Own
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Left's Mess in Venezuela
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and NPR
Deirdre Shesgreen / Cincinnati.com:
Sittenfeld touts Ohio tour after Brown endorses Strickland
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Chris Kaergard / Journal Star:
Bloomington attorney Mark Zalcman announces GOP primary challenge to Aaron Schock
Discussion: OnPolitics
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Even a plurality of Democrats want to move on from Obama
Discussion: Moe Lane
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
James Carville Goes Scorched Earth on MSNBC Over Hillary E-mails
Discussion: Hot Air, The Week, Moe Lane and Power Line
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
It's Been 5 Years Since Rush Limbaugh Promised to Leave the Country in 5 Years
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chicago Tribune:
Family of 9-month-old girl killed in Little Village: ‘We have no idea’
Discussion: WTVR-TV, FOX6Now.com and Raw Story
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
Former SEALs chaplain could be kicked out of Navy for Christian beliefs