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2:10 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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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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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: ABC News, Daily Kos and FreakOutNation
Tom Price / USA Today:
Rep. Price: Balance the budget for a prosperous America
Discussion: National Review and TheBlaze.com
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law
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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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: BarbWire.com and Washington Post
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary's Mystery: Where Clinton Stands on Issues Dividing Her Party  —  Even though Hillary Clinton has been at the forefront of U.S. politics for more than two decades, her views on some of the key issues dividing the Democratic Party remain a mystery.  —  As she prepares a run for president …
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Obama trade agenda becomes problem for Hillary Clinton
Discussion: ABC News and Fox News Insider
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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ESPN:
SF's Borland quits over safety issues … BERKELEY, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL's top rookies the past season, told “Outside the Lines” on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.
 
 
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Future Clinton Campaign Staffers Working As Volunteers
Discussion: Political Wire and Weekly Standard
Jonathan Ladd / The Mischiefs of Faction:
Why Don't the Clintons and the Press Get Along?
Ralph S. Tyler / The Hill:
King v. Burwell - Subsidies on federal exchanges will survive
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and New York Times
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Oregon pioneers automatic voter registration
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tom Schatz / The Hill:
The Federal Housing Administration, the next housing crisis?
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Poor Stories from Brooks and Douthat
Dan Metcalfe / Politico:
Hillary's Email Defense Is Laughable
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Nick Dutton / WTVR-TV:
Vicious fight at Chesterfield Waffle House leaves woman with concussion, back injury
Discussion: FOX31 Denver