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11:50 AM 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.”
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.”
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Your world is on fire’: Ted Cruz scares the hell out of a terrified little girl in New Hampshire
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Lindsey Graham ramps up staffing for possible 2016 bid  —  Lindsey Graham's prospective presidential operation is ramping up with the hiring of a new communications director and a senior political adviser.  —  Brittany Bramell, a former spokeswoman for House Speaker John Boehner …
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.
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: CANNONFIRE and Vox Popoli
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
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Tom Cotton Seems Confused About The Basic Geography Of Iran
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: The Week, Hot Air and Washington Times
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 …
Discussion: National Review and alicublog
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 …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Two LAPD officers shot in Florence believe they were targeted
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 …
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Ferguson Police: Public info led to arrest of man in shootings of two officers  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)A 20-year-old man from the St. Louis area has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two police officers during last week's protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a prosecutor said Sunday.
John Bacon / USA Today:
Protester charged with shooting officers in Ferguson
Fox News:
Police arrest Missouri man, 20, in shooting of two officers in Ferguson
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.
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
Washington Post:
Netanyahu warns supporters he may lose in Tuesday's election  —  TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned supporters at a rally here Sunday that he and his Likud party may not win Tuesday's election, a potentially dramatic fall for a consummate political survivor whose nine years …
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Americans' Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Al Gore should run for president
Discussion: Washington Post
Gary Buiso / New York Post:
9/11 rubble haunted by female ghost: Book
Discussion: Raw Story
The Times of Israel:
US intel report scrapped Iran from list of terror threats
Discussion: Weekly Standard and
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
ACLU files new lawsuit over Obama administration drone ‘kill list’
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker to colleagues: Keep your ‘powder dry’ on Iran
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
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Here are President Obama's full remarks from the Gridiron Club Dinner
Rosie Scammell / Guardian:
Elton John and leading LGBT groups call for Dolce & Gabbana boycott
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState