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5:30 PM ET, March 11, 2015


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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.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, the Email Controversy and the 2016 Presidential Race
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 …
Robert Wilonsky / The Scoop Blog:
Parker Rice, parents of Levi Pettit apologize for ‘horrible mistake’ made in OU SAE video  —  Update at 6:40 p.m.: Moments after Levi Pettit's family apologized for their son's behavior in the SAE video, Parker Rice — the recent Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas graduate — sent his own apology, via his father Bob.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Morning Joe Finds the Real Racists in Oklahoma: Rap Musicians
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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%.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Is It Sheldon Adelson's World?
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)
John Eligon / New York Times:
Ferguson Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, Expected to Step Down Amid Criticism  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — The embattled police chief of Ferguson, the focus of bitter complaints of racial discrimination within his department that turned into national protests after one of his white officers fatally shot …
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.
NBC News:
The Clinton Way: Hillary Follows a Familiar Script
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
McCain: GOP letter to Iran not ‘most effective’ response  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the signers of the controversial letter to Iran's leadership, admitted Tuesday night that the letter might not have been the way to express frustration that President Obama isn't working with Congress on nuclear negotiations with Tehran.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom Cotton / USA Today:
Sen. Cotton: Why we wrote the letter to Iran
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.
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Aaron Schock: I ‘certainly hope’ I didn't break the law  —  The embattled congressman gets testy in a face-to-face interview.  —  Getty  —  PEORIA, Ill. — The question to Rep. Aaron Schock was simple: Do you think you've broken any rules or federal laws?  But the scandal-plagued congressman did not have a definitive answer.
Susan B. Glasser  —  Susan Glasser is the Editor of POLITICO.  She was also the founding editor of POLITICO Magazine, the award-winning publication featuring both long-form reporting and opinion journalism.  Launched in November 2013, the magazine publishes daily online and bimonthly in print …
Discussion: Washington Post and FishbowlDC
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.
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
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 …
Andrew DeMillo / The Baxter Bulletin:
Bill would allow Sen. Cotton to run for president  —  LITTLE ROCK - U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is barely into his third month in office, but a lawmaker in his home state of Arkansas wants to pave the way for the freshman Republican to run for re-election and the White House in 2020.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
Emails Reveal Lobbyist Had Undisclosed Role In Cuomo Financial Crisis Investigation  —  The Albany Times Union co-published a version of this story.  —  Previously undisclosed emails by a mortgage industry lobbyist doubling as a consultant for then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo show …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz's claim that the IRS tax code has more words than the Bible  —  In a speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) talked about how the U.S. could restore “growth and opportunity” for small businesses, saying the answer is through tax and regulatory reform.
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 …
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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Des Moines Register:
Lisa Myers: TV journalism deteriorating
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The Huffington Post:
Senate Bill Would Effectively End The Federal War On Medical Marijuana
Nick Gass / Politico:
Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney boosts French comedian with anti-Semitic history
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Florida governor's race 10 photos
Discussion: Political Wire and OnPolitics
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Feingold leads Johnson in rematch
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Exclusive — Rand Paul: Arm The Kurds To Battle ISIS And Radical Islam, Give Them Kurdistan
Discussion: Hit & Run and Samizdata
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Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Three States Would Be Hardest Hit If Supreme Court Upends Health-Law Subsidies
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Ben Shapiro /
Is Being Gay a Choice?  —  Last week, Dr. Ben Carson stepped onto …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Noah Smith / Bloomberg View:
A Tech Bubble or Just a Mistake?
Russia says has right to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea: report
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Will Scandal Sink Clinton's Nomination?
Discussion: Power Line