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2:25 PM ET, March 16, 2015

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Politico:
GOP senators block Ted Cruz move to hold up Loretta Lynch vote  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's strategy of blocking a vote on President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee until the White House relents on immigration executive actions ran into a brick wall Wednesday: his own GOP colleagues.
Discussion: ABC News and National Review
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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.”
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Post-Netanyahu Republican Foreign Policy  —  As Israelis prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, it's dawning on a lot of American observers that a defeat for Benjamin Yetanyahu's government—not exactly “likely,” but certainly a decent possibility—could represent a turning point in American as well as Israeli politics.
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Washington Post:
Netanyahu warns supporters he may lose in Tuesday's election
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
If Netanyahu loses, will Republicans still be ‘pro-Israel’?
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
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: Daily Kos, The Hill and PoliticusUSA
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Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
White House: GOP Has Failed to Put ‘Points on the Board’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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David McCabe / The Hill:
Both parties' favorability now below 40 percent
Discussion: Liberaland
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 …
abc7.com:
2 LAPD OFFICERS INJURED IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES SHOOTING; GUNMEN AT LARGE  —  A search is underway for two male suspects who opened fire on two LAPD officers in South Los Angeles Sunday.  The officers suffered minor injuries.  —  Embed  —  SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) —
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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
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.
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
Michelle Obama / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Ensure That Every Girl Can Learn  —  An international initiative can help the 62 million girls world-wide who are not in school.  —  This week I will travel to Tokyo to join Akie Abe, the wife of Japan's prime minister, as the United States and Japan announce a new partnership to educate girls across the globe.
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 …
 
 
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Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Protesters stage anti-robot rally at SXSW
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Court case puts thousands of Wyoming subsidies at risk
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
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Marina Koreneva / Agence France-Presse:
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Discussion: Business Insider
Mike Caputo / Reaxxion:
Why Male Gamers Must Defend Their Territory
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