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2:40 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 …
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
Tom Cotton Says Republicans Are Not Traitors for Letter to Iran  —  (Bloomberg) — A letter sent by 47 Republican senators to Iranian leaders in defiance of President Barack Obama is a civics lesson, not the act of traitors, said Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, the freshman Republican who drafted the message.
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
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.
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Was the GOP's Iran letter really unprecedented?  —  From Reagan to Clinton, both Democrats and Republicans have tried to sabotage the other party's foreign policy.  —  The senator was outraged.  Congress had challenged the foreign policy of the president, ignoring that he is …
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)
Discussion: Joe. My. God., Twitchy and The Hill
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Tom Cotton May Just Have Undermined His Own Cause
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Tom Cotton hands Dems an easy way of siding with Obama on Iran
Agence France-Presse:
Iran says lawmakers' letter has sapped trust in US
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
University of Oklahoma Expels 2 Students Over Racist Fraternity Video  —  NORMAN, Okla. — Officials with the University of Oklahoma here on Tuesday expelled two students they had identified as playing a leading role in singing a racist chant on a bus over the weekend that has sparked outrage across the country.
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
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Democrats are not so fired up about Hillary Clinton  —  The International Association of Fire Fighters attracted 10 possible presidential candidates to the union's conference in Washington this week, including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for the Republicans.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Unarmed naked man shot to death by DeKalb police officer  —  DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) - A DeKalb County police officer shot and killed a naked, unarmed man at an apartment complex Monday afternoon.  —  It happened in the parking lot at the Heights at Chamblee complex in the 3000 block of Chamblee Tucker Road.
Discussion: Mediaite and NBC News
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Electoral College-Rigging Bill Makes Comeback in Michigan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Greece's defence minister threatens to send migrants including jihadists to Western Europe
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
52 senators warn of sweeping ammo bans, say Second Amendment ‘at risk’
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Condoleezza Rice Used a State Department Email Address
Discussion: Politico
Liz Ford / Guardian:
World leaders pledge to achieve gender equality by 2030
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
Richer and Poorer
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Democratic lawmaker questions legitimacy of Benghazi panel
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Steve King: Boehner Canceled My Trip Abroad After DHS Shutdown Fight
Discussion: Washington Monthly, CNN and Roll Call
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Charles Schwab must face U.S. lawsuit over bond index fund
Drug Policy Alliance:
Tuesday: Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) …
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 …
Discussion: alicublog and First Draft
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Left's Mess in Venezuela
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and NPR