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9:40 AM ET, March 17, 2015

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Bernard Avishai / New Yorker:
Israel's New Political Center  —  Israel's last pre-election poll shows that Isaac Herzog, the head of the Zionist Union—a center-left coalition of the Labor Party and former Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah—is likely to win twenty-four seats or more, opening a four seat lead …
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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 …
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Netanyahu Says No to Statehood for Palestinians
Agence France-Presse:
Netanyahu says no Palestinian state if reelected PM
Marc Perkel / Dvorak News Blog:
BREAKING NEWS: Spam Filtering Service had access to Clinton Classified Emails  —  Not often do we break news on Dvorak News but today we do.  Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses.  What this means is - employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee …
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Tom Cotton calls for defense spending boost  —  Tom Cotton has a simple message for Barack Obama: You're doing it all wrong.  —  The Arkansas Republican took to the Senate floor Monday — the ink barely dry on his controversial open letter to Iran — to advocate dramatic increases in defense spending …
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
'Hands up, don't shoot' was built on a lie  —  The late evening of Aug. 9, 2014, I couldn't sleep.  I was due to substitute-anchor MSNBC's “UP with Steve Kornacki” and should have been asleep.  But after looking at my Twitter feed and reading the rage under #Ferguson, I felt compelled to type …
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Daniel Rivero / Fusion:
Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown's death, new data show.
Helaine Olen / The Baffler:
Poor Stories from Brooks and Douthat  —  Not the happiest tale from our collective past.  —  In the past week, New York Times columnists David Brooks and Ross Douthat have taken on the issues of personal behavior and social norms among people less economically fortunate than themselves.
Tom Schatz / The Hill:
The Federal Housing Administration, the next housing crisis?  —  Two oversight hearings on the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) have helped shed light on an agency that runs a $1 trillion mortgage insurance program originally designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals buy a house …
Kelsey Stein / al.com:
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's son arrested, charged with drug possession in Troy  —  The son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was arrested Sunday for drug possession near the scene of an attempted break-in, court records show.  —  Caleb Moore, 24, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
House Democrats angry over Obama's classified trade meeting  —  House Democrats are criticizing President Obama's administration for holding a classified briefing on trade with top administration officials, saying it's an attempt to push a trade program in secret.
Nick Dutton / WTVR-TV:
Vicious fight at Chesterfield Waffle House leaves woman with concussion, back injury  —  CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A Chesterfield woman is recovering after a brutal attack captured on cell phone video at the Waffle House on Midlothian Turnpike.  Police said the incident happened during the early hours of March 8.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Salt Lake Tribune:
WWW.SLTRIB.COM  —  I've learned the real reason why Mitt Romney chose not to run for president for a third time in 2016.  —  He's taking up boxing.  —  In fact, Romney is slated to fight former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in the marquis event during a several-bout evening …
Starbucks Newsroom:
What ‘Race Together’ Means for Starbucks Partners and Customers  —  It began with one voice  —  As racially-charged tragedies unfolded in communities across the country, the chairman and ceo of Starbucks didn't remain a silent bystander.  Howard Schultz voiced his concerns with partners …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Scott Walker denies ethanol flip-flop  —  Scott Walker freely admits that he has shifted to the right on immigration over the past two years, aligning himself with the GOP base, but the Wisconsin governor was adamant Monday night that he has not also flip-flopped on ethanol.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Dan Metcalfe / Politico:
Hillary's Email Defense Is Laughable  —  I should know—I ran FOIA for the U.S. government.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  I thought when I retired from the Justice Department in 2007, I was done with records-related scandals.  By that point, I had spent more than a quarter-century …
Discussion: Hot Air
Naomi Martin / Crime Blog:
Family releases video of Dallas police fatal shooting of mental patient  —  A newly released video of a fatal shooting by Dallas police shows the moments that led to a mentally ill man's death as he held a screwdriver.  —  Two Dallas police officers shot Jason Harrison, 38, at his home on June 14.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Bonnie Cao / Bloomberg Business:
A $250,000 Tour With One Aim: Get Chinese to Buy a Home  —  (Bloomberg) — Just how confident is Los Angeles property broker Erik Coffin that he can interest Chinese clients in high-end Las Vegas villas?  He's charging $4 million a month for a quick glimpse.  —  It isn't just any tour.
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Staffed-up POLITICO Europe to launch April 21  —  POLITICO Europe, the Arlington-based company's foray into the European media market, has a launch date—April 21—and a roster of new journalists to add to its ranks.  —  “As of next month, POLITICO will have more reporters in the two main political …
VICE News:
President Obama Speaks with VICE News  —  VICE founder Shane Smith interviews President Barack Obama, discussing a host of issues important to Americans, from foreign policy and marijuana legalization to global warming and political gridlock.
Shelby Sebens / Reuters:
Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Automatic Voter Registration Into Law  —  Sweeping first-in-the nation legislation making voter registration automatic in Oregon was signed into law on Monday by Governor Kate Brown, potentially adding 300,000 new voters to state rolls.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Lack of Democratic race a burden for Hillary  —  Scott Walker, the frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, leads his nearest competitor, Jeb Bush, by four-tenths of a percentage point, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Governor Hopes Obamacare Lawsuit Fails In Supreme Court
 
 
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Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Martin O'Malley sounds like he's running
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Mike Cason / al.com:
Alumni won't leave millions to University of Alabama because of state's war on same-sex marriage
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Bloomberg Business:
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Fiery Ted Cruz confuses a little girl, snubs a goat in New Hampshire
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Michelle Malka Grossman / Jerusalem Post:
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