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12:25 PM ET, March 18, 2015


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Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections  —  TEL AVIV — After a bruising campaign focused on his failings, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel won a clear victory in Tuesday's elections and seemed all but certain to form a new government and serve a fourth term …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Netanyahu gambles his career and scores breathtaking victory  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to supporters at party headquarters in Tel Aviv.  —  When it comes to elections, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is the political equivalent of a scrambling quarterback.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Go Ahead, Ruin My Day  —  As the saying goes, “to err is human, to forgive is divine,” to which I'd add: “to ignore” is even more human, and the results rarely divine.  None of us would be human if we didn't occasionally get so wedded to our wishes that we failed to notice — or outright ignored …
Discussion: Politico and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
An Israeli Election Turns Ugly
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
WH Avoids Congratulating Bibi
Dan Tuohy /
Trump drops ‘Apprentice,’ will launch presidential exploratory committee  —  New Hampshire Union Leader  —  Donald Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, the eve of the business mogul's return to New Hampshire.  —  A senior adviser tells the New Hampshire Union Leader …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC still planning for ‘Apprentice’, despite Donald Trump's presidential claims
Josh McElveen / WMUR:
Donald Trump to announce presidential exploratory committee
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Trump launching presidential exploratory committee
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
We don't need to keep criminals in prison to punish them  —  America's prison state is a disaster.  One percent of the adult population is behind bars, and corrections is squeezing higher education out of state budgets.  We have five times as many people in prison as we ever had before 1980 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
What Happens After Prison: The Big Challenge in Criminal Justice Reform
KRAFT FOODS GROUP VOLUNTARILY RECALLS SELECT CODE DATES AND MANUFACTURING CODES OF KRAFT MACARONI & CHEESE BOXED DINNERS DUE TO POSSIBLE METAL PIECES  —  Approx. 242,000 cases of the Original flavor with “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015 with “C2” directly below the date
Associated Press:
Walker Aide Quits After Questioning Iowa's Role in Campaign  —  An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national political operation resigned late Tuesday after drawing heated criticism from the head of the Iowa Republican Party for questioning the state's early role in the presidential nominating process.
Frank Turek /
Why the 14th Amendment Can't Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage  —  The Supreme Court is about to decide if the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution requires the states to redefine marriage to include same sex relationships.  There are several reasons why the answer is no.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ben Carson?  —  His chances of victory are minuscule, but he and other hard-right candidates will still be a headache for the G.O.P. in the 2016 primaries.  Can mainstream Republicans stop him?  Should they try?  —  Late in February, Dr. Ben Carson …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Schools Plan Massive Layoffs After Scott Walker Guts Funding  —  This week, Wisconsin kicked off a series of hearings on Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget, which would slash about $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system over two years, funnel hundreds of millions to build …
Discussion: JSOnline
Jana Winter / The Intercept:
Cyanide Sent to White House  —  An envelope sent to the White House Mail Screening Facility on Monday tested positive for cyanide, according to an internal law enforcement document obtained by The Intercept.  —  The envelope listed a return address for a man who the alert says has a record …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Activist allegedly tried to bait protesters with ‘kill cops’ script  —  A controversial conservative activist is being accused of trying to incite anti-police protesters by saying, “I wish I could kill some of these cops,” to provoke them into making outrageous statements.
Poll: Hillary Clinton still tops in 2016 -  —  Hillary Clinton continues to be a dominant force heading into the 2016 presidential election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.  The former secretary of state maintains a broad lead over the field of potential Democratic challengers …
President Obama: Cats wear crown  —  Like Las Vegas oddsmakers and nearly half the people making picks in ESPN's Tournament Challenge, President Barack Obama likes Kentucky to win the NCAA men's basketball championship.  —  Obama, a die-hard basketball fan who has filled out a bracket …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big  —  The most popular former president since the Second World War is John Kennedy.  The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton.  The most popular public figure in America is Pope Francis, whose favorable rating was a towering 78 percent in a recent Pew poll.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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