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8:50 PM ET, March 11, 2015

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Paul Waldman / The Week:
The media already bungled Hillary's ‘emailgate’  —  Hillary Clinton found herself in a familiar place on Tuesday: amid a gaggle of excited reporters eagerly shouting questions at her about a matter they thought was of the highest importance and she thought was absurdly trivial.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
eGhazi: Why Democrats and Hillary Clinton Need A Contested Primary  —  Share This: Digg! … As Laura Clawson deftly describes, the Media is turrible on its best days, but when the Clintons are involved, they reach seemingly impossible nadirs, and stay down there.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Let's Give 'Em Something To Talk About  —  At Lunch Buffet I drew attention to a post from Armando Llorens (a.k.a. Big Tent Democrat) at Talk Left that made the best argument I've heard so far as to why primary competition could actually be good for Hillary Clinton:
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Early in 2016 Race, Clinton's Toughest Foe Appears to Be the News Media  —  With no other powerful Democrats likely to run against her, Hillary Rodham Clinton's toughest adversary for her party's presidential nomination in 2016 has now become clear.  It is an opponent that challenged …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, the Email Controversy and the 2016 Presidential Race
Gallup:
Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's much-publicized and controversial address to Congress, Americans' opinions of him have worsened.  His favorable rating is down seven percentage points, to 38%, while his unfavorable rating has increased five points, to 29%.
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Jean-Luc Renaudie / Agence France-Presse:
As Israel vote looms, centre-left pulls ahead of PM Netanyahu's Likud  —  Jerusalem (AFP) - Less than a week before Israel's second general election in two years, Isaac Herzog's centre-left Zionist Union opened up a lead on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud, polls showed Wednesday.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Is It Sheldon Adelson's World?
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.
Fox News:
Embattled Ferguson police chief to resign, sources say  —  FILE 2014: Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson will announce his resignation on Wednesday, sources tell Fox News.  Jackson's department has been criticized after a Justice Department probe.  (Reuters)
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Morning Joe, Bill Kristol Blame Racist SAE Video on Rap Music  —  The concerned parents on Morning Joe found something to be outraged about over the video of SAE frat members engaged in a racist chant: namely the rapper Waka Flocka Flame's decision not to perform for the fraternity …
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Robert Wilonsky / The Scoop Blog:
Parker Rice, parents of Levi Pettit apologize for ‘horrible mistake’ made in OU SAE video
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Morning Joe Finds the Real Racists in Oklahoma: Rap Musicians
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Kos and CBS News
WTKR-TV:
Portsmouth Sheriff furious with judges after being told to remove American flag display from courthouse … Portsmouth, Va. - Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson says he is furious after a group of judges told him to take down an American flag display.  —  Sheriff Watson said his agency got …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service agents investigated for driving car into White House barrier  —  The administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Obama's protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades …
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
“Former Fetus” Signs Cause Stir at Capitol … Signs calling some state lawmakers former fetuses are causing a stir at the Capitol, with one representative accusing another of intimidating his staff by removing them.  —  One of the signs appeared Wednesday morning on the wall outside Rep. Jonathan Stickland's office.
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Tom LoBianco / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana state rep apologizes for sexting with Sydney Leathers  —  Indiana Rep. Justin Moed is apologizing for sexting with Sydney Leathers, the Evansville woman at the center of the 2013 Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.  —  “I am truly sorry I have hurt the ones I love most with my poor judgment.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   No, Really: Lawmaker Busted For Sexting With Woman From Weiner Scandal
Benjamin Hardy / ArkansasTimes:
Casting out demons: why Justin Harris got rid of kids he applied pressure to adopt  —  Rep. Justin Harris blames DHS for the fallout related to his adoption of three young girls, but sources familiar with the situation contradict his story and paint a troubling picture of the adoption process and the girls' time in the Harris household.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Lindsey Graham Jokes: I'd Use the Military to Force Congress to Reverse Defense Cuts  —  During his remarks before the Concord City Republican Committee last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested that robust military spending is absolutely necessary to defeat ISIS forces abroad, and that …
Discussion: Hot Air and Joe. My. God.
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Andrew Burton / National Review:
Suspicious Fires Twice Destroyed Key Sharpton Records  —  And he didn't comply with tax and campaign filing requirements.  —  As Al Sharpton ran for mayor of New York City in 1997 and for president in 2003, fires at his offices reportedly destroyed critical financial records …
Discussion: Hot Air
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
The Snow Is Melting!  But What a Mess It Left Behind  —  The snow is melting.  Spring has almost sprung!  The mercury pokes upward, and New Yorkers' spirits rise apace.  It would be understandable, after this winter that seemed delivered from deepest Siberia, if all city dwellers walked around …
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Des Moines Register:
Lisa Myers: TV journalism deteriorating  —  Let's start with a riddle: How can one spend months in Iowa and not have a favorite restaurant or bar or museum or park?  —  Be a correspondent for a national news network covering the Iowa caucuses, that's how.  —  “I must say that I rarely went …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Hot Air
Caleb Bonham / Campus Reform:
EXCLUSIVE: California profs ‘unequivocally’ endorse American flag ban  — An online letter supporting students at UC Irvine who wanted to ban national flags, including the American flag, from their organization's lobby, has over 1,200 signatures.  —  In a letter uncovered …
David Goldstein / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Precedent for GOP's Iran letter hard to find, historians say  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Historian's Office has so far been unable to find another example in the chamber's history where one political party openly tried to deal with a foreign power against a presidential policy …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
IT Expert Says He Traced Hillary's Email Server To Manhattan Government Building [VIDEO]  —  Cyber-security expert Vinny Troia told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday that he traced the IP address of the server Hillary Clinton used to host the private email account she used as secretary …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Leak investigation stalls amid fears of confirming U.S.-Israel operation  —  A sensitive leak investigation of a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has stalled amid concerns that a prosecution in federal court could force the government to confirm a joint U.S.-Israeli covert …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann Warns Of Impending Sharknado Outside White House  —  WASHINGTON — A star has been born.  —  Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday starred in a cameo for “Sharknado 3,” the cult-classic fantasy movie series featuring vicious, airborne sharks riding deadly tornadoes from the sea.
 
 
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
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