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9:40 PM ET, March 17, 2015


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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 …
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.
New York Times:
Israeli Balloting Appears to Keep Netanyahu Ahead  —  TEL AVIV — After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seemed to emerge from Tuesday's elections in the best position to form a new government, though he offended many voters and alienated allies in the process.
Discussion: Politico and The Times of Israel
Jerusalem Post:
Race to the Knesset: Follow the latest Election Day updates  —  Candidates on the cusp: Voters to decide their fate  —  With Bader-Ofer method, not every ballot counts How the parties stand on the Israeli-Palestinian peac...  Jpost reporters give you the latest updates on the battle for the prime minister's office.
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Deep Wounds for Netanyahu in Israel's Bitter Race
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu declares victory in Knesset race; Herzog says Likud celebration is premature
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.
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Dick Cheney accused Obama of ‘playing the race card’ in a Playboy interview  —  Former US Vice President Dick Cheney doesn't mince words when it comes to President Barack Obama.  —  In a new interview for the April issue of Playboy, Cheney repeatedly tore into Obama on a wide array of issues …
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
A Starbucks exec deleted his Twitter account after backlash over the company's ‘race together’ campaign  —  Starbucks is in hot water after launching a campaign that encourages baristas to talk about race relations with customers.  —  Critics have been lashing out at the company on social media …
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 …
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.
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Penn State Abington Professor Speaks Out About Her Miami Arrest  —  At left is the staff photo of Penn State Abington sociology professor Dr. Karen Halnon.  But the photo on the right is what she looked like over the weekend when she was arrested at Miami International Airport after a bizarre incident on a plane.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Scott Walker's digital consultant has taken swipes at Iowa  —  Iowa has been a punching bag in online quips by Republican Scott Walker's new strategist for online communications.  —  “In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Iowa G.O.P. to Walker: Drop Adviser Who Trashed State
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Honeymoon Over: Scott Walker Under Fire for New Open Borders Amnesty Advocate Staffer Who Mocks Iowa
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson Operative Deletes Tweets Telling Obama To “Bend Over Bitch,” Among Others  —  “I'm looking forward to McConnell shoving his fist up Obama's ass.  Although, he will, no doubt, like it. #tcot”  —  The team building out Dr. Ben Carson's likely presidential campaign includes …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
State: No record Hillary Clinton signed exit form  —  The State Department has no record that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a standard form declaring that she surrendered all official records before leaving her post in 2013, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
William Baude / New York Times:
Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court?  —  CHICAGO — IT is time to talk about President Obama's contingency plan for health care.  The Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the provision of tax credits on federal insurance exchanges.
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.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen  —  The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is killing off the Internet Explorer brand  —  While Microsoft has dropped hints that the Internet Explorer brand is going away, the software maker has now confirmed that it will use a new name for its upcoming browser successor, codenamed Project Spartan.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
White House formally exempts office from FOIA regs  —  The White House on Tuesday will announce new rules exempting an administrative office from subjection to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies.
Send Money to Friends in Messenger  —  Today we're adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends.  This feature will be rolling out over the coming months in the US.  —  It's easy and free.  —  To send money:
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Inside The Senate GOP's Self-Made Debacle On Sex Trafficking And Abortion  —  WASHINGTON — It's common in Congress for the parties to rip each other apart over the contents of a bill.  But it's exceedingly rare for one party to accuse the other of trying to sneak a law into existence without telling them.
Kelly Halom / The Vanderbilt Hustler:
Administration, Hillel respond to swastika graffiti at AEPi  —  Early Saturday morning, two swastikas were spray-painted in the elevator of the Tau Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, and another swastika was painted on a basement door, according to an e-mail from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente.
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Marisol Bello / USA Today:
Gay groups still unhappy with NYC St. Patrick's parade
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Clinton team picks Justice spokesman Brian Fallon as lead press secretary
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
David Nather / Politico:
Barack Obama blasts GOP's budget proposal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Daniel Newhauser / National Journal:
Boehner's New Strategy: Enlist Democrats First, Not Last
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg Business:
North Korea Web Outage Was Response to Sony Hack, Lawmaker Says
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
EPA is on a ‘constitutionally reckless mission,’ Obama's law professor testifies
Fox News:
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Discussion: Mashable, FOX31 Denver and WTVR-TV
SF's Borland quits over safety issues