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4:40 PM ET, March 14, 2015


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Joshua Muravchik / Washington Post:
War with Iran is probably our best option  —  Joshua Muravchik is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.  —  The logical flaw in the indictment of a looming “very bad” nuclear deal with Iran that Israeli Prime Minister …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The GOP takes it a letter too far  —  “To the President of the United States,” intoned the master of ceremonies.  Members of an Army advocacy group and active-duty soldiers stationed in the Buffalo area rose to their feet for the toast.  The year was 1962, John F. Kennedy was president …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Flagging before election, Netanyahu ramps up rhetoric  —  (Reuters) - Flagging in opinion polls before Tuesday's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally Israeli rightists by casting his centre-left challengers as tools of a global campaign to usurp power.
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
C.I.A. Funds Found Their Way Into Qaeda Coffers  —  WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2010, Afghan officials struck a deal to free an Afghan diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda.  But the price was steep — $5 million — and senior security officials were scrambling to come up with the money.
Discussion: Business Insider, Lawfare and Mediaite
Mark Green /
Body camera captures incredible rescue of baby Lily from car in Spanish Fork River  —  WARNING: The videos in this story contain raw footage of emergency crews responding to a crash that left a woman dead and her daughter in critical condition.  Some may find some of the images disturbing, viewer discretion is advised.
Discussion: KFOR-TV, KTLA, FOX31 Denver and
Joe Raedle / National Review:
It's Hillary All the Way Down  —  If you want to know what Hillary Clinton would be like as president, you're seeing it right now. … Dear Reader (including some intrepid Indiana Jones of the future who will one day stumble on the last missing piece of the “Clintonemail” …
Discussion: Twitchy and Moe Lane
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Beck Threatens to Quit NRA if They Re-Elect ‘Secret Muslim’ Grover Norquist to Board  —  Radio host Glenn Beck announced recently that he would quit the National Rifle Association completely if they re-elected Grover Norquist, whom he accused of being sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, to its board.
Christopher McCall / Reuters:
Huge Pacific cyclone devastates Vanuatu, at least eight dead  —  (Reuters) - One of the Pacific Ocean's most powerful ever storms devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday, tearing off roofs, uprooting trees and killing at least eight people with the toll set to rise, aid officials said.
Steven Strogatz / New Yorker:
Why Pi Matters  —  Every March 14th, mathematicians like me are prodded out of our burrows like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, blinking and bewildered by all the fuss.  Yes, it's Pi Day again.  And not just any Pi Day.  They're calling this the Pi Day of the century: 3.14.15.  Pi to five digits.
Mehdi Hasan / The New Republic:
How Islamic Is the Islamic State?  Not at All.  —  What The Atlantic got wrong about ISIS  —  It is difficult to forget the names, or the images, of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning and Peter Kassig.  The barbaric beheadings between August and November 2014 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope, on anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate  —  (Reuters) - Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.
Vatican Radio English:
Pope Francis on his Pontificate to date
ISIS spokesperson: We want Paris and Jerusalem  —  In new recording, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani rejects claims group suffering setbacks, vows attacks on White House, Big Ben, and Eiffel Tower.  —  Roi Kais  —  A spokesperson for the Islamic State militants released a recording claiming the group …
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Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush Says He Has a ‘Grown-Up’ Immigration Plan
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court rebuffs Obama on immigration stay timing
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