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Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections  —  TEL AVIV — After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday's elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term …
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Jerusalem Post:
In victory speech, Netanyahu says he will seek ‘strong, stable government’  —  Netanyahu closes gap: Likud leads Zionist Union in 1 ...  Netanyahu declares victory in Knesset race; Herzog sa...  “Hail, hail, Bibi,” Likud adherents chanted as Netanyahu took to the podium on Wednesday.
Michael Crowley / Politico:
Bibi wins big  —  As Netanyahu seems set to return to power, his relations with the Obama White House appear to reach a new low.  —  Hours before complete results were tallied, Netanyahu was claiming a comeback victory.  Getty  —  Barack Obama might have hoped for a leadership change …
Discussion: New York Times and The PJ Tatler
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Deep Wounds and Lingering Questions After Israel's Bitter Race  —  JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu was poised to return to power.  But there was a cloud over his apparent turnaround, the result of an increasingly shrill campaign that raised questions about his ability to heal Israel's internal wounds …
Haaretz:
LIVE BLOG: Netanyahu: The right-wing is in danger - Arabs are voting in droves  —  Live Updates: 36/7% of eligible Israelis cast their ballots by 2 P.M.; 5.8 million Israelis are expected to head to the polls Tuesday.  —  Israelis are voting on Tuesday in an election called last December by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu declares victory in Knesset race; Herzog says Likud celebration is premature
Jerusalem Post:
Race to the Knesset: Follow the latest Election Day updates
Politico:
Rep. Aaron Schock resigns  —  Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is resigning his seat in Congress.  —  The 33-year-old Republican has been dogged by questions about his spending of taxpayer and campaign dollars.  On Monday afternoon, POLITICO posed a lengthy set of questions about charging …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kaus quits Daily Caller after Carlson pulls critical Fox News column  —  The blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at The Daily Caller after the conservative site's editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, pulled a critical column about Fox News from the site, Kaus told the On Media blog on Tuesday.
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:
According To Dick Cheney, This Is Why President Obama Is The Worst President In His Lifetime  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney said that President Barack Obama was “playing the race card” to excuse criticism of his record as president.  —  “I think they're playing the race card, in my view.
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Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Dick Cheney accused Obama of ‘playing the race card’ in a Playboy interview  —  Former US Vice President Dick Cheney doesn't mince words when it comes to President Barack Obama.  —  In a new interview for the April issue of Playboy, Cheney repeatedly tore into Obama on a wide array of issues …
Jana Winter / The Intercept:
Cyanide Sent to White House  —  An envelope sent to the White House Mail Facility on Monday tested positive for cyanide, according to an internal law enforcement document obtained by The Intercept.  —  The envelope listed a return address for a man who the alert says has a record …
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage  —  After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to include same-sex marriage.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plans Web TV Service in Fall  —  In talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of about 25 channels  —  Shalini Ramachandran and Daisuke Wakabayashi  —  Apple Inc.'s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus.
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Apple offers to share TV data to entice programming partners
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Penn State Abington Professor Speaks Out About Her Miami Arrest  —  At left is the staff photo of Penn State Abington sociology professor Dr. Karen Halnon.  But the photo on the right is what she looked like over the weekend when she was arrested at Miami International Airport after a bizarre incident on a plane.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson Operative Deletes Tweets Telling Obama To “Bend Over Bitch,” Among Others  —  “I'm looking forward to McConnell shoving his fist up Obama's ass.  Although, he will, no doubt, like it. #tcot”  —  The team building out Dr. Ben Carson's likely presidential campaign includes …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State: No record Hillary Clinton signed exit form  —  The State Department has no record that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a standard form declaring that she surrendered all official records before leaving her post in 2013, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen  —  The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
David Rogers / Politico:
Republicans try end run around spending caps  —  A similar strategy led to a government shutdown two years ago.  —  The great Achilles' heel in the House Republican budget Tuesday can be found in a blue-and-white chart, tucked away on Page 40 and mapping out a 10-year path …
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David Nather / Politico:
Barack Obama blasts GOP's budget proposal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Activist allegedly tried to bait protesters with ‘kill cops’ script  —  A controversial conservative activist is being accused of trying to incite anti-police protesters by saying, “I wish I could kill some of these cops,” to provoke them into making outrageous statements.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Iowa G.O.P. to Walker: Drop Adviser Who Trashed State  —  Iowa's Republican leadership blasted Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Tuesday for hiring a senior adviser who has mocked the state's caucus and its voters, and called on Mr. Walker to fire her.  —  Jeff Kaufmann, the state Republican chairman …
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William Baude / New York Times:
Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court?  —  CHICAGO — IT is time to talk about President Obama's contingency plan for health care.  The Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the provision of tax credits on federal insurance exchanges.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
White House formally exempts office from FOIA regs  —  The White House on Tuesday will announce new rules exempting an administrative office from subjection to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies.
Discussion: Tech Times, Common Dreams and USA Today
 
 
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Marisol Bello / USA Today:
Gay groups still unhappy with NYC St. Patrick's parade
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton team picks Justice spokesman Brian Fallon as lead press secretary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
DeNa Co. / GlobeNewswire News Room:
Nintendo and DeNA Form Business and Capital Alliance
Discussion: Guardian, The Daily Caller and Engadget
Kelly Halom / The Vanderbilt Hustler:
Administration, Hillel respond to swastika graffiti at AEPi
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
North Korea Web Outage Was Response to Sony Hack, Lawmaker Says
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
EPA is on a ‘constitutionally reckless mission,’ Obama's law professor testifies
Fox News:
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Discussion: Mashable and WTVR-TV
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Starbucks, USA TODAY team to tackle racial issues
Erin Calandra / WJAC-TV:
Penn State fraternity suspended after secret Facebook discovered