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8:15 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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To Senate  —  WASHINGTON — In an effort to reassert control over the domestic political debate surrounding sensitive negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, the White House penned a letter Saturday night warning senators to hold back on legislation …
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
The GOP takes it a letter too far
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 …
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 …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
House Freedom Caucus hires first staffer  —  The House Freedom Caucus, the nascent group of conservative lawmakers who've frustrated GOP leaders, has hired its first staff member as it gears up for upcoming spending battles.  —  Steve Chartan will serve as executive director of the Freedom Caucus, the group said Friday.
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
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.
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: Moe Lane
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's fear of the trail
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Hot Air
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.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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.
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Colin Freeman / Telegraph:
How a farewell cuddle revived a dying baby
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Daily Mail
Lindsey Millar / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Justin Harris used foster daughter in campaign materials, against DHS rules
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Mehdi Hasan / The New Republic:
How Islamic Is the Islamic State? Not at All.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Beck Threatens to Quit NRA if They Re-Elect ‘Secret Muslim’ Grover Norquist to Board
Discussion: The Huffington Post