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9:50 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 …
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 …
Cortney O'Brien /
Michelle Obama on ‘Hard’ Life at the WH: We Can't Open Windows  —  The First Lady visited the “Ellen Show” today and lamented to Ellen Degeneres just how ‘hard’ her life is in the White House. … She explained in more detail. … Outside the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue walls is just as rough.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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 …
Daniel Rivero / Fusion:
Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown's death, new data show.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Charlie Crist passes on yet another campaign  —  Washington (CNN)So much for The Last Temptation of Crist.  —  Charlie Crist, the perma-tanned Republican-turned-independent-turned- Democrat who has sought nearly every statewide office of note in Florida, will not run for Senate in 2016, he said Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charlie Crist won't run for Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos, Hot Air and Charlie Crist
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 …
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.
Kelsey Stein /
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
NO MORE EXCUSES: Obama Admin Has What It Needs To Give Up Lerner's Emails  —  Obama administration investigators now have everything they need to provide Congress with Lois Lerner's emails, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  Treasury Department deputy inspector general Timothy Camus …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Lack of Democratic race a burden for Hillary
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Martin O'Malley sounds like he's running
Mike Cason /
Alumni won't leave millions to University of Alabama because of state's war on same-sex marriage
Discussion: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Is Capturing an Audience; the Challenge Is Winning Votes
American Press Institute:
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Shelby Sebens / Reuters:
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Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It's Secret
Discussion: Liberaland
Bloomberg Business:
Ikea Stamps Out Hide-and-Seek Games in Furniture Stores
Michelle Malka Grossman / Jerusalem Post:
ISIS fighters dress as women in desperate attempt to flee battlefield
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Sources: HHS' Obamacare Contingency Plan Is To Ask States To Contract Exchange Work To The Feds