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10:20 AM ET, March 18, 2015


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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 …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Netanyahu gambles his career and scores breathtaking victory  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to supporters at party headquarters in Tel Aviv.  —  When it comes to elections, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is the political equivalent of a scrambling quarterback.
New York Times:
An Israeli Election Turns Ugly  —  Israel's election has done a lot to reveal the challenges facing the country and the intentions of the men who seek to lead it.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his racist rant against Israeli Arab voters …
Jerusalem Post:
In victory speech, Netanyahu says he will seek ‘strong, stable government’
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu declares victory in Knesset race; Herzog says Likud celebration is premature
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Deep Wounds and Lingering Questions After Israel's Bitter Race
Josef Federman / Associated Press:   Israel's Netanyahu declares victory in tight race
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker 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.
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.
Frank Turek /
Why the 14th Amendment Can't Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage
Dan Tuohy /
Trump drops ‘Apprentice,’ will launch presidential exploratory committee  —  New Hampshire Union Leader  —  Donald Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, the eve of the business mogul's return to New Hampshire.  —  A senior adviser tells the New Hampshire Union Leader …
Jana Winter / The Intercept:
Cyanide Sent to White House  —  An envelope sent to the White House Mail Screening 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 …
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 …
Aaron Schock's final hours  —  His decision to quit was so abrupt that even Speaker John Boehner didn't get a heads up.  —  Aaron Schock's Tuesday began with a quiet early-morning stroll near the Capitol with his close friend, Missouri Rep. Jason Smith.  Sporting shorts and a sweatshirt …
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.
Associated Press:
Walker Aide Quits After Questioning Iowa's Role in Campaign  —  An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national political operation resigned late Tuesday after drawing heated criticism from the head of the Iowa Republican Party for questioning the state's early role in the presidential nominating process.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder goes out swinging  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is speaking his mind in his final days in office, swiping at GOP antagonists and leaving the Department of Justice on his own terms.  —  Holder has ridiculed Senate Republicans for delaying the nomination of his successor, Loretta Lynch …
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big  —  The most popular former president since the Second World War is John Kennedy.  The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton.  The most popular public figure in America is Pope Francis, whose favorable rating was a towering 78 percent in a recent Pew poll.
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama to Draw Contrasts With Republicans Over Spending  —  President Barack Obama is criticizing a $3.8 trillion budget plan put forward by House Republicans, saying it won't invest in “all the things that we need to grow.”  —  He's taking that message to Cleveland on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's green gambit
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Poll: Iran negotiations popular
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen
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Marisol Bello / USA Today:
Gay groups still unhappy with NYC St. Patrick's parade
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
White House formally exempts office from FOIA regs
Discussion: Tech Times and Common Dreams
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton team picks Justice spokesman Brian Fallon as lead press secretary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State: No record Hillary Clinton signed exit form