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1:00 PM ET, March 16, 2015

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Nick Reid / Concord Monitor:
Cruz: ‘The whole world is on fire’  —  At the first of two stops in New Hampshire yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told more than 100 people that the country has nearly reached the “point of no return” and “if we go four or eight more years on this path, we risk losing the greatest country in the history of the world.”
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Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz tries to drum up conservative support in New Hampshire  —  BARRINGTON, N.H. - Sen. Ted Cruz was greeting supporters when a man's hat emblazoned with New Hampshire's state motto, “Live Free or Die,” caught his eye.  —  “I love that,” Cruz said to the man.  “That's something Texas can relate to.”
Politico:
GOP senators block Ted Cruz move to hold up Loretta Lynch vote
Discussion: National Review
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Election 2016: On the ‘If I Run’ Campaign
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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 …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham ramps up staffing for possible 2016 bid
Discussion: OnPolitics and The PJ Tatler
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.
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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 and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
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Gallup:
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Al Gore should run for president  —  Democrats need a debate about where their party goes next.  Obamacare's passage marked the rough completion of the social safety net that liberals began constructing during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency.  The end of the Iraq War drained Democrats of their foreign policy fervor.
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 …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
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 …
Discussion: alicublog and National Review
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Chasm Grows Within G.O.P. Over Spending  —  WASHINGTON — The congressional push this week to secure the first Republican budget plan in nearly a decade is revealing a chasm between fiscal hawks determined to maintain strict spending caps and defense hawks who are threatening to derail …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Huckabee Pursues Unconventional Ways to Fund a Campaign  —  In a wood-paneled study lined with books and framed family photos, the prospective presidential candidate looks into the camera.  “I'm Mike Huckabee,” he says with all the folksy charm that propelled a career as a preacher, politician and broadcaster.
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD searches for two suspects in shooting of officers in South L.A.  —  Two Los Angeles police officers were wounded by gunfire Sunday afternoon, spawning a massive manhunt for the shooters that shut down several blocks in South Los Angeles, authorities said.
Discussion: USA Today and Scared Monkeys
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Los Angeles Times:
Two LAPD officers shot in Florence believe they were targeted
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum On Putting Bibles In Public Schools: ‘Yes We Can!  Yes We Can!’  —  Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) issued a passionate call for Bibles in public schools on Saturday during an appearance at a convention of social conservatives in Orlando, Florida.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Marina Koreneva / Agence France-Presse:
Putin laughs off ‘rumours’ over his 10-day absence  —  Saint Petersburg (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed days of frenzied “rumours” over his health and whereabouts as he reappeared in public after an unusually long 10-day absence.
Discussion: Business Insider
Barbara Plett Usher / BBC:
Iran deal could start nuclear fuel race - Saudi Arabia  —  Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal: “It seems that Iran is expanding its occupation of Iraq”  —  A senior member of the Saudi royal family has warned that a deal on Iran's nuclear programme could prompt other regional states to develop atomic fuel.
 
 
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Stewart Lee / Guardian:
Privatising BBC3 would be as pernicious as Isis destroying Iraq's historic sites
Discussion: Spectator and Moe Lane
BuzzFeed:
Congressman Peter King Slams Iran Letter: “It Undermines The Office Of The Presidency”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Pew Internet:
Americans' Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
Gary Buiso / New York Post:
9/11 rubble haunted by female ghost: Book
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Netanyahu warns supporters he may lose in Tuesday's election
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The Times of Israel:
US intel report scrapped Iran from list of terror threats
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker to colleagues: Keep your ‘powder dry’ on Iran
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Winter vaults to the top of snowfall records
Mike Caputo / Reaxxion:
Why Male Gamers Must Defend Their Territory
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
OU broke the law to avoid bad press: Column
Discussion: LewRockwell and The Other McCain
Jason Sickles / Yahoo! News:
Police: Ferguson gunman arrested, may not have been targeting officers
Discussion: Reuters