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1:10 PM ET, March 17, 2015

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Erin Calandra / WJAC-TV:
Penn State fraternity suspended after secret Facebook discovered  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A Penn State fraternity is suspended after police said they created a secret Facebook page where they posted offensive pictures.  —  We got our hands on the search warrant.
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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 …
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Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Starbucks, USA TODAY team to tackle racial issues
Discussion: Washington Post and BarbWire.com
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.
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
House GOP budget again repeals ObamaCare  —  The House budget unveiled Tuesday again includes a full repeal of ObamaCare.  —  The 43-page proposal offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) would eliminate all mandates, taxes, regulations and subsidies under the healthcare law …
Discussion: Daily Kos and FreakOutNation
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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 …
Daily Mail:
Dramatic moment passenger who yelled 'Jihad!  Jihad!' was pinned by terrified fellow fliers on board Washington United flight  —  This is the dramatic moment passengers on board a United Airlines flight tackled a young man to the ground after he shouted ‘Jihad, Jihad’ and threatened to hijack the aircraft.
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CNN:
Official: United flight turns around after passenger runs up aisle yelling ‘jihad’  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)A United Airlines flight had to make a U-turn in the sky after an unruly passenger ran toward the cockpit screaming “jihad, jihad,” according to a government official with direct knowledge of the incident.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Iranian Officials Ask Kerry About Republicans' Letter  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Iranian officials questioned Secretary of State John Kerry about a letter that Tom Cotton of Arkansas and 46 other Republican senators issued last week arguing that a potential nuclear accord would not be binding unless it was approved by Congress.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and The Week
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Kathleen Hunter / Bloomberg Business:
Iranian Leaders ‘Clearly’ Got Letter's Message, Tom Cotton Says  —  (Bloomberg) — Iranian leaders “clearly have the message now” from a letter 47 Senate Republicans wrote warning that a future U.S. Congress could reverse any nuclear deal, the chief author said Tuesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeb Lund / Rolling Stone:
None Dare Call It Treason: Tom Cotton, Iran and Old GOP Ideas
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Obama trade agenda becomes problem for Hillary Clinton  —  President Obama's pro-trade agenda is a problem for Hillary Clinton, who is under pressure from liberals to oppose her former boss's push for fast-track authority as she prepares to run for the White House.
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Secret Service Wants a Fake White House to Help Protect the Real One  —  WASHINGTON — Stung by accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the Secret Service wants to spend $8 million to build another White House in Beltsville, Md.  —  In prepared testimony …
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Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
Michelle Obama on ‘Hard’ Life at the WH: We Can't Open Windows
Discussion: E! Online and The Gateway Pundit
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Romney to jump into ring with former heavyweight boxer  —  Mitt Romney has reportedly signed on to box former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.  —  The two will spar to raise money for Charity Vision, a Salt Lake City organization that gives medical care and surgeries for needy children …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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David Stout / TIME:
Mitt Romney to Fight Evander Holyfield in Charity Bout
Politico:
Loretta Lynch nomination in the air as Dems block anti-trafficking bill  —  Nearly all Senate Democrats voted to block an anti-human trafficking bill on Tuesday over its abortion restrictions - prolonging an impasse that threatens to further delay a vote on Loretta Lynch as attorney general.
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New York Times:   The Loretta Lynch Confirmation Mess
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Israel's Gilded Age  —  Why did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel feel the need to wag the dog in Washington?  For that was, of course, what he was doing in his anti-Iran speech to Congress.  If you're seriously trying to affect American foreign policy, you don't insult the president …
Arizona Capitol Times:
Arizona judges can't do only opposite-sex marriages, ethics opinion says  —  Arizona judges who perform wedding ceremonies are being told that they cannot turn away gay couples who want to marry.  —  An opinion issued by a state judiciary ethics advisory committee said rejecting same-sex couples …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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
Discussion: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
Charlie Cook / National Journal:
Jeb Bush's Headwinds  —  He starts the race with ample money, veteran aides—and real problems on the policy and ideological fronts.  —  The race for next year's Republican presidential nomination is going to be fascinating on so many levels, but none more than the challenges facing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Discussion: ABC News
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Scott Walker denies ethanol flip-flop
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.
Fox News:
Too naughty or nice?  Spirit Airlines launches $69 fare promotion  —  Tactful or tasteful?  Budget carrier launches $69 fare deal.  (Spirit Airlines)  —  Spirit Airlines, self proclaimed “Home of the Bare Fare,” may be pushing the limits of good taste with their latest $69 round trip deal.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and WTVR-TV
 
 
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Ralph S. Tyler / The Hill:
King v. Burwell - Subsidies on federal exchanges will survive
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and New York Times
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Oregon pioneers automatic voter registration
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Dan Metcalfe / Politico:
Hillary's Email Defense Is Laughable
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Nick Dutton / WTVR-TV:
Vicious fight at Chesterfield Waffle House leaves woman with concussion, back injury
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Kelsey Stein / al.com:
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's son arrested, charged with drug possession in Troy