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12:00 AM ET, March 15, 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.
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 …
Joshua Muravchik / Washington Post:
War with Iran is probably our best option
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 …
Tom / The War Room:
If Putin Dies  —  Buh bye?  —  Is Vladimir Putin dead?  —  Who knows?  —  What's clear is that something has been going on in Moscow for at least a week, and whatever it is, the Kremlin prefers that it remain a secret.  Russian reporters - a vastly more intrepid and courageous group …
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
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
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
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
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney warms to Marco Rubio as young senator cultivates relationship  —  Sen. Marco Rubio has been cultivating a relationship with Mitt Romney and his intimates, landing some of the 2012 Republican nominee's top advisers and donors and persistently courting others as he readies an expected 2016 presidential campaign.
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