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11:40 PM ET, March 14, 2015


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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Santorum: Obama ignoring evil  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, accused President Obama on Saturday of ignoring evil.  —  In his speech to a conservative audience at the National Security Action Summit in South Carolina, Santorum blasted …
Discussion: Political Wire
Steven Edwards / Fox News:
Source: Senate panel probing possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort  —  A powerful U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a bipartisan probe into an American nonprofit's funding of efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Obama …
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.
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 …
Julia Ioffe / Washington Post:
This is why it's impossible for the Kremlin to lie about Putin's weird disappearance  —  The president's carefully cultivated image rests on never showing weakness.  —  It's been more than a week now since anybody's seen Russian President Vladimir Putin.  He had a mundane meeting …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
As governor, Jeb Bush used e-mail to discuss security, troop deployments  —  Jeb Bush used his private e-mail account as Florida governor to discuss security and military issues such as troop deployments to the Middle East and the protection of nuclear plants, according to a review of publicly released records.
Discussion: Political Wire and Balloon Juice
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
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's fear of the trail
Discussion: Political Wire, Ed Driscoll and Hot Air
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Housemate Takes Blame for Shining Laser at Planes in Bronx  —  After being charged this week with injuring several pilots by shining a laser beam at their planes, Frank J. Egan was held up as a pest, his arrest an example of pinpoint investigative work leading the authorities to a typically elusive target.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
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: WTKR-TV, and Raw Story
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
C.I.A. Cash Ended Up in Coffers of Al Qaeda  —  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, Mediaite and Lawfare
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Walker tests his message in New Hampshire  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender, tested his message of “growth, reform and safety” in New Hampshire on Saturday with a speech at a grassroots workshop in Concord.  —  In his first trip to the second …
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Lindsey Millar / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Justin Harris used foster daughter in campaign materials, against DHS rules
Christopher McCall / Reuters:
Huge Pacific cyclone devastates Vanuatu, at least eight dead
Sarah Rumpf / BREITBART.COM:
Texas Rep. Villalba Files Bill That Criminalizes Bloggers, Citizens Filming Cops
 Earlier Items: 
Mehdi Hasan / The New Republic:
How Islamic Is the Islamic State? Not at All.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steven Strogatz / New Yorker:
Why Pi Matters  —  Every March 14th, mathematicians …
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Beck Threatens to Quit NRA if They Re-Elect ‘Secret Muslim’ Grover Norquist to Board
Discussion: The Huffington Post