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9:35 AM ET, March 16, 2015


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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House calling the shots  —  In the months since Republicans took charge of Congress, GOP divisions have given the upper hand to the White House.  —  The White House is declaring victory over Washington — at least in terms of setting the agenda for Republican leaders …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Tom Cotton Seems Confused About The Basic Geography Of Iran  —  Screenshot of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) on Face the Nation Sunday, March 15.  —  Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stood by his decision Sunday to send a letter on a burgeoning nuclear deal directly to Iranian leaders.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats prepared to buck White House on Iran nuclear deal
Michael Douglas / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Michael Douglas finds Judaism and faces anti-Semitism  —  Last summer our family went to Southern Europe on holiday.  During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool.  A short time later he came running back to the room, upset.  A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him.
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Times of Israel
The Atlantic Online:
Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?  —  For half a century, memories of the Holocaust inoculated the Continent against overt anti-Semitism.  That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest in a mounting tide.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
John Bacon / USA Today:
Protester charged with shooting officers in Ferguson  —  A 20-year-old protester has been charged with shooting two police officers in Ferguson, Mo., last week, authorities said Sunday.  —  County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Jeffrey Williams was charged with two counts …
Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Thirty-seven percent of Americans now view the Republican Party favorably and 39% view the Democratic Party favorably.  This is the only time since Gallup began tracking the party's images this way in 1992 that neither party has achieved at least 40% favorability from the public.
Discussion: Washington Times
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Marco Rubio's house of horrors  —  A Tallahassee home co-owned by a scandal-plagued ex-congressman is the locus of questions about the senator's finances and judgment.  —  TALLAHASSEE — The brick-fronted tract house with a satellite dish and a yellow fire hydrant in front looks …
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Kurt Schlichter /
Hillary Will be President Of Nothing  —  The only people who should be afraid of Hillary Clinton running in 2016 are her fellow Democrats, and the only thing they should fear more than her running and losing is her running and winning.  —  Hillary is a Lovecraftian monster …
Julianna Goldman / CBS News:
Chinese company pledged $2 million to Clinton Foundation in 2013  —  Shares -  —  Watch Julianna Goldman's full report at 7:30 a.m. ET on “CBS This Morning.”  —  A CBS News investigation has found that at least one foreign company with close ties to its government has been giving generously …
Discussion: CBS DC and Hot Air
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
ACLU files new lawsuit over Obama administration drone ‘kill list’  —  Top civil liberties group calls for greater transparency regarding ‘targeted killing program’ and how officials handle possibility of civilian deaths  —  As the US debates expanding its campaign against the Islamic State beyond Iraq …
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Carville: Potential 2016 Clinton challengers wasting their time  —  James Carville said in an interview broadcast Sunday that it would be a waste of time for any Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.  —  “I've had maybe three people come up to me and say, 'Well …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Election 2016: On the ‘If I Run’ Campaign  —  The would-be 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing.  All it is missing is anyone willing to say they are running.  —  The certain-to-be Republican candidates are on the early-state stumps - four were in New Hampshire this weekend …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
OU broke the law to avoid bad press: Column  —  ‘Hate speech’ is constitutionally protected, according to the courts.  —  It has been a bad spell for the University of Oklahoma.  First, some members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videotaped singing a racist song on a bus, and a video went public.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker to colleagues: Keep your ‘powder dry’ on Iran  —  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday suggested members of both parties in Congress hold off criticizing the Obama administration's push for a deal over Iran's nuclear program.  —  “I think it's appalling to interfere in a negotiation …
Los Angeles Times:
Two LAPD officers shot in Florence believe they were targeted  —  Two plainclothes Los Angeles police officers were shot at Sunday evening while driving through a South L.A. neighborhood, prompting an exchange of gunfire that caused several suspects to scatter, authorities said.
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The Times of Israel:
US intel report scrapped Iran from list of terror threats
Discussion: Weekly Standard and
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Huckabee Pursues Unconventional Ways to Fund a Campaign
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Chasm Grows Within G.O.P. Over Spending
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama Can't Force His Iran Deal on the Country without Congress's Consent
Winter vaults to the top of snowfall records
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
A Young Manager for Clinton Juggles Data and Old Baggage
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Your world is on fire’: Ted Cruz scares the hell out of a terrified little girl in New Hampshire
Jason Sickles / Yahoo! News:
Police: Ferguson gunman arrested, may not have been targeting officers
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Here are President Obama's full remarks from the Gridiron Club Dinner
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
CBS News:
Face the Nation Transcripts March 15, 2015: Kerry, Cotton, Manchin
Discussion: RT, Wall Street Journal and Althouse
Rosie Scammell / Guardian:
Elton John and leading LGBT groups call for Dolce & Gabbana boycott
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Benghazi, a timeline of State Department obstruction
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
McConnell: No Lynch vote unless Democrats relent on bill
Discussion: Liberaland, Moe Lane and The Week
New York Times:
Robert Durst of HBO's ‘The Jinx’ Says He ‘Killed Them All’