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11:45 AM 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.
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 …
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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 …
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Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
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: E! Online and The Gateway Pundit
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Secret Service Wants a Fake White House to Help Protect the Real One
Discussion: Politico and The Verge
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 …
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Daniel Rivero / Fusion:
Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown's death, new data show.
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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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 …
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.
David Stout / TIME:
Mitt Romney to Fight Evander Holyfield in Charity Bout  —  “It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious”  —  Forget about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the real fight of the century is scheduled for May 15 when Mitt Romney enters the ring to battle Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City.
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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.
Jeb Lund / Rolling Stone:
None Dare Call It Treason: Tom Cotton, Iran and Old GOP Ideas  —  The letter sent by 47 Republican Congressmen to the Iranian government is part of a long history of right-wing mayhem  —  Two weeks before freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and 46 Senate Republican co-signatories sent …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Hullabaloo
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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: Politico, Daily Kos and The Week
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.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Oregon pioneers automatic voter registration  —  Oregon became the first state to automatically register Americans to vote on Monday.  —  A new bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown “puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters,” according to the Associated Press.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Shelby Sebens / Reuters:
Oregon Governor Signs Sweeping Automatic Voter Registration Into Law
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
Kelsey Stein / al.com:
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.
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.
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: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
 
 
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