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5:40 PM ET, March 12, 2015


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David Brock / USA Today:
Benghazi truthers should release their e-mails  —  With nothing to hide, Hillary stands strong against Republican smear tactics.  —  Even though Hillary Clinton fully and clearly answered questions regarding her e-mail usage yesterday, the Benghazi truthers on Capitol Hill refuse to give up.
Discussion: RedState, Politico and Hot Air
Elias Isquith / Salon:
The media s**t-show is back: Why coverage of Hillary Clinton has been an embarrassment  —  A bit less than a year ago, Politico Magazine released an in-depth piece by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman about Hillary Rodham Clinton's long and incredibly fraught relationship with the national, mainstream media.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Taxpayer tab for Clinton Inc.: $16 million  —  Bill Clinton and his office have received more money through the Former Presidents Act than any other ex-president  —  By Election Day 2016, taxpayers will have paid out more than $16 million to fund Bill Clinton's pension, travel …
Susan Weich / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Two police officers are shot in Ferguson  —  FERGUSON  • Two police officers were hit by gunfire early Thursday outside the Ferguson police department.  —  The shots were fired as police were confronting protesters who had gathered outside the police station.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Iran letter blowback startles GOP  —  John McCain: “It was kind of a very rapid process.  Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm.”  —  Some Republican senators admitted Wednesday they were caught off guard by the backlash to a letter warning Iranian leaders …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
GOP, Bibi hurt Israel, USA
New York Times:
Republican Idiocy on Iran
Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66  —  Fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, having had Alzheimer's disease for eight years.  —  “The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Larry Finlay of his publishing company, Transworld.
Terry Pratchett, Discworld series author, dies aged 66
Jennifer Fermino / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani says Obama should be more like Bill Cosby, blames Brooklyn McDonald's fight, Ferguson cop shootings on President  —  Just when you thought Rudy Giuliani couldn't get crazier, the former NYC mayor blamed Obama for the brutal beatdown at a Brooklyn McDonalds — and said the president should be more like Bill Cosby.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg View:
Democrats Have No Bench?  Be Serious.  —  Dan Balz of the Washington Post says Democrats have a problem for 2016: “The absence of a strong Democratic bench.”  National Journal's Josh Kraushaar replies, “Spot-on.”  The New York Times repeats the “weak bench” line and quotes Democrats who agree …
Discussion: Washington Post and The PJ Tatler
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Tackling an Urgent Task: Building a Press Team
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Ted Cruz Without Applause is the Most Gripping Video You'll See All Day  —  The Texas senator tanks at a presidential forum.  —  If, like many Americans, your job involves watching a lot of speeches by Ted Cruz, you have grown familiar with the Texas senator's applause lines.
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents disrupted bomb investigation at White House  —  Two Secret Service agents suspected of driving under the influence and striking a White House security barricade disrupted an active bomb investigation and may have driven over the suspicious package itself …
New York's PIX11:
VIDEO: 4 teens viciously beat girl in Brooklyn McDonald's as crowd cheers … FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) - Cell phone video shows a 15-year-old girl being beaten to the ground by 4 other teens inside a Brooklyn McDonald's as dozens watched and cheered.  —  The savage fight broke out inside …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Kerry mocks Florida's reported ban on ‘climate change’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry mocked Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his deputies Thursday amid reports that the state's environmental agency banned employees from mentioning climate change.  —  Though he did not mention Florida by name …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Alex Guillén / Politico:
John Kerry slams ‘outdated’ fossil fuels — with no mention of Keystone
Discussion: American Spectator
Javier Ceriani /
Univision host fired for ‘Planet of the Apes’ Michelle Obama remark  —  A popular Univision talk show host has been fired for making derogatory comments about Michelle Obama during a popular television show; the comments were widely circulated on social media.
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
For 20 years I fought the law.  Today the law won  —  The police have been trying to nail an editor for years.  This morning, on Hampstead Heath, they finally got one  —  ell, I nearly made it.  More than 20 years of editing, with all kinds of people wanting to sue me and do me for sedition …
Discussion: Spectator and Guido Fawkes
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Progressives: We've Never Heard Of This “Progressive” Group Backing Obama's Trade Deal  —  The “Progressive Coalition For American Jobs,” run by former Obama campaign staffers, purports to represent the progressive left on the trade deal that the progressive left hates.  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Story Highlights  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans continue to name the government (18%) as the most important U.S. problem, a distinction it has had for the past four months.  Americans' mentions of the economy as the top problem (11%) dropped this month, leaving it tied with jobs (10%) for second place.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Justice Obama  —  So in his turn writing “Tilting at Windmills” in the latest issue of the Washington Monthly, contributing editor (and esteemed friend) Steven Waldman needs just three sentences to toss out a very interesting idea: … Jeffrey Toobin actually devoted a long op-ed back in 2010 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Last Secrets of the Bush Administration  —  How to find out what we still don't know.  —  In March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush.  It concerned an important deadline that was looming—one that Bush owed to Richard Nixon.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Insider Buzz Grows for Marco Rubio
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House frets return of ‘Clinton way’
Discussion: Hot Air
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Lawmakers push Twitter to deactivate terrorist accounts
Discussion: Chicago
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
State defends email practices amid Clinton fallout
Discussion: Politico and Techdirt
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
When Liberals Blew It  —  Fifty years ago this month, Democrats made a historic mistake.
 Earlier Items: 
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
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William Saletan / Slate:
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