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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.
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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.
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz tries to drum up conservative support in New Hampshire
Nat Brown / National Review:
The Cotton Letter Was Not Sent Anywhere, Especially Not to Iran  —  Tom Cotton on Face the Nation, March 15, 2015 (CBS)  —  Before U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and 46 of his GOP colleagues are frog-marched to the gallows and hanged for treason, one vital point of confusion must be cleared up.
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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.
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 Daily Caller, The Week and Fox News
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 …
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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
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu: If I'm elected, there will be no Palestinian state  —  In a definitive disavowal of his Bar-Ilan two-state speech, prime minister makes last-minute attempt to draw voters from Bennett's Habayit Hayeudi.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau said Monday that if he were to be reelected …
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Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Netanyahu Says No Palestinian State if He Is Re-elected  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said Monday that as long as he is the leader, a Palestinian state would not be established, reversing his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Benjamin Netanyahu: No Palestinian state on my watch
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Furniture Company: Aaron Schock Likely Spent $5,000 On A Replica Of President Obama's Podium  —  The Illinois Republican has a podium that appears to be “The Presidential.”  —  Schock standing behind his custom podium back in his home district of Peoria, Illinois in 2013.
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Politico:
Investigators contact Aaron Schock associates  —  Investigators from the Office of Congressional Ethics have begun reaching out to Rep. Aaron Schock's political orbit, a possible first sign of an official investigation of the Illinois Republican.  —  OCE is seeking to speak to people …
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.
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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’?
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.
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 …
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.
Bloomberg Business:
Ikea Stamps Out Hide-and-Seek Games in Furniture Stores … (Bloomberg) — Ikea has stopped plans by thousands of people to play hide-and-seek in its maze-like stores in the Netherlands.  —  After a spirited round of the children's game attracted hundreds of people to a Belgian Ikea outlet last summer …
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.
Al Jazeera America:
Mother abducts Dutch children to ISIL-held Syrian city  —  32-year-old woman, a Chechnyian native, took her children, aged 7 and 8, to Raqqa, Dutch prosecutors confirm  —  Two Dutch children have been abducted by their mother and taken to the ISIL-held city of Raqqa in Syria, Dutch prosecutors confirmed Monday.
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.
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
White House office to delete its FOIA regulations  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject all requests for records to that office.
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Police Gadget Tracks Phones?  Shhh!  It's Secret  —  A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology.
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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