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4:00 PM ET, March 17, 2015

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Politico:
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 …
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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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.
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
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Starbucks now serving coffee with a dose of debate on race
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hit & Run
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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, FreakOutNation and Daily Kos
Tom Price / USA Today:
Rep. Price: Balance the budget for a prosperous America
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and National Review
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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Matt Ford / The Atlantic Online:
Will Missouri Execute a Man With Brain Damage?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ralph S. Tyler / The Hill:
King v. Burwell - Subsidies on federal exchanges will survive
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and New York Times
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.
CBS Miami:
Woman Arrested For Smoking, Ranting On Plane Explains Herself  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - A woman arrested for going on a rant and smoking a cigarette on an airplane isn't making any excuses for her actions that day.  —  Karen Bettez Halnon said late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is her hero …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Penn State Abington Professor Speaks Out About Her Miami Arrest
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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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