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12:25 AM ET, March 12, 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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Washington Post:
Some top Democrats are alarmed about Clinton's readiness for a campaign  —  Senior Democrats are increasingly worried that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not ready to run for president, fearing that the clumsy and insular handling of the nine-day fracas over her private e-mails was a warning sign …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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
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:
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos, BuzzFeed and NBC News
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
5 Questions Hillary Clinton Ducked
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, the Email Controversy and the 2016 Presidential Race
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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Secret Service probed for drunk-driving incident, report says
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.
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Politico:
A Hillary Clinton feeding frenzy in the GOP House  —  Three House committees are looking to investigate the presumptive Democratic nominee's email practices.  —  Now that the Hillary Clinton email flap has blown up into the biggest news story in Washington, seemingly every House Republican wants in on the action.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
IT Expert Says He Traced Hillary's Email Server To Manhattan Government Building [VIDEO]
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hate mail: Senators seek to sabotage Obama's foreign policy  —  The letter sent Monday by 47 Republican senators to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warning him not to sign an agreement with major nations limiting his country's nuclear program, was damaging to America's role in the world.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Is It Sheldon Adelson's World?
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Republican Senator's Adviser Formerly Served As Editor Of Neo-Confederate Magazine  —  One of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham's longtime advisers was the editor-in-chief of a neo-Confederate magazine — a magazine Graham gave an interview to in 1999.  In an interview with BuzzFeed News, the adviser disavows his former views.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
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 …
Christine Byers / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson resigns  —  FERGUSON  • Police Chief Thomas Jackson has resigned from the police department effective March 19.  —  In an exclusive interview, Jackson said he felt it was time for the city to move on.  —  “I believe this is the appropriate thing to do at this time,” Jackson said.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
No, Really: Lawmaker Busted For Sexting With Woman From Weiner Scandal  —  In a tabloid-worthy twist, a Democratic lawmaker in Indiana has been busted for sexting with the same woman who brought down former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) two years ago.  —  Indiana state Rep. Justin Moed (D) …
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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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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Morning Joe Finds the Real Racists in Oklahoma: Rap Musicians
Discussion: Guardian and Raw Story
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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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: Fox News Insider and Hot Air
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, Hot Air and Mediaite
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
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 …
 
 
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