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4:05 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, Hot Air 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.”
Multimedia Feed for The Kuhner Report:
Ted Cruz did not scare a little girl at event.  —  The mother of the child involved in the “World On Fire” comment from Ted Cruz speaks to Jeff about what really happened.  —  [0:04:49] ... this.  What kind of a mother argue that the air is your baby crying and you're not doing anything to comfort your frightened crying baby.
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Sources: HHS' Obamacare Contingency Plan Is To Ask States To Contract Exchange Work To The Feds  —  Something odd has been happening with the Supreme Court battle over the legality of subsidies for Obamacare's federally-organized health insurance exchange.  The Obama administration has been claiming …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and VodkaPundit
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Lawyer Attempting To Cripple Obamacare Cites Satirical Letter To Support His Supreme Court Case
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Governor Hopes Obamacare Lawsuit Fails In Supreme Court
Discussion: Daily Kos
Trevor Brown / Casper Star-Tribune:
Court case puts thousands of Wyoming subsidies at risk
Julie Pace / ABC News:
Obama Administration: 16.4M Have Gained Health Insurance
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Boehner's sea of troubles  —  The TV drama “House of Cards,” with all of its fictional backstabbing, looks lame compared to the current, real-life political drama on Capitol Hill starring Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  —  The Speaker has the biggest GOP caucus in Congress since the 1920s.
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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 …
Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
White House: GOP Has Failed to Put ‘Points on the Board’
Discussion: The Week, The Daily Caller and Fox News
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?
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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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
If Netanyahu loses, will Republicans still be ‘pro-Israel’?
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Washington Post:
Netanyahu warns supporters he may lose in Tuesday's election
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.
James Pindell / Medium:
What Jeb Bush is like in person  —  HUDSON, N.H.—Being with former Florida governor Jeb Bush for his first trips to Iowa and New Hampshire last weekend and this one, I found his demeanor to be completely different from those of the dozens of other candidates I have covered in these two states as they tested the presidential waters.
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.
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 …
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.
Jared Bernstein / Washington Post:
The U.K. vs. the U.S. minimum-wage debate: What can we learn?  —  In a recent lecture at the London School of Economics, Prof. Alan Manning, a British economist who has done extensive research on the impact of the national minimum wage in the United Kingdom, said something that caught my ear.
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.
Chris Moody / CNN:
First on CNN: Scott Walker hires GOP strategist Liz Mair team for online outreach  —  (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee has hired prominent Republican strategist Liz Mair to lead online communication efforts, CNN Politics has learned, taking yet another step toward building …
 
 
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BuzzFeed:
Santorum: “Tragic” Obama Is Making America Less Safe To “Justify His Nobel Peace Prize”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bruce Fretts / New York Times:
‘The Jinx’ Director Andrew Jarecki on Robert Durst and That Ending
Fox News:
Clinton camp issues clarification on deleted emails, claims ‘every’ message was reviewed
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Protesters stage anti-robot rally at SXSW
abc7.com:
2 LAPD officers injured in South Los Angeles shooting; gunmen at large
Michelle Obama / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Ensure That Every Girl Can Learn
Stewart Lee / Guardian:
Privatising BBC3 would be as pernicious as Isis destroying Iraq's historic sites
Discussion: Spectator and Moe Lane
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BuzzFeed:
Congressman Peter King Slams Iran Letter: “It Undermines The Office Of The Presidency”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Marina Koreneva / Agence France-Presse:
Putin laughs off ‘rumours’ over his 10-day absence
Discussion: Business Insider
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Chasm Grows Within G.O.P. Over Spending
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Hillary Will be President Of Nothing
Discussion: National Review and alicublog
Mike Caputo / Reaxxion:
Why Male Gamers Must Defend Their Territory
Discussion: Vox Popoli