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5:50 PM ET, March 18, 2015


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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 …
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Bibi's Ugly Win Will Harm Israel  —  A desperate Netanyahu used fear to grab the most seats in the election, but his rejection of a Palestinian state will further isolate the Jewish state.  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won a big election Tuesday …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
WH Avoids Congratulating Bibi  —  On CNN this morning, White House aide David Simas avoided congratulating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli elections.  Instead, he would only congratulate the Israeli people on having an election.  —  “We want to congratulate the Israeli people …
New York Times:
An Israeli Election Turns Ugly
David Steinberg / The PJ Tatler:
Obama Won't Congratulate Bibi — But He Congratulated Erdogan, Sisi, Rouhani ... and Putin!
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
On Israeli election day, Netanyahu warns of Arabs voting ‘in droves’
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 …
Ben Bradley /
Aaron Schock ‘broken’ but a ‘fighter,’ dad says  —  “Two years from now he'll be successful, if he's not in jail,” Congressman Aaron Schock's father said of his son the day after he announced his resignation.  —  Schock, 33, is accused of congressional and campaign misspending.
Anthony Weiner / Business Insider:
Anthony Weiner's 5 takeaways from the Aaron Schock scandals  —  Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock (R) on Tuesday announced his decision to resign at the end of the month.  His star was rapidly rising in the Republican Party, but it fell thanks to a series of scandals involving his use of campaign cash and taxpayer money.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Glenn Beck ‘done’ with Republican Party  —  Glenn Beck, the conservative/libertarian radio host and media entrepreneur, said Wednesday that he is officially done with the Republican Party.  —  “I've made my decision - I'm out.  I'm out of the Republican Party,” Beck said on his radio show.
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 …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Dear @ScottWalker, Liz Mair Is a Friend of Mine  —  Liz Mair works for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  She has been hired to do communications outreach.  She is very good at her job.  She is also a friend of mine.  I have known Liz for a number of years.  In 2012, Liz worked for Governor Rick Perry.
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
US sets new record for denying, censoring government files  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act …
Tarek Amara / Reuters:
Gunmen attack Tunisian parliament, may have taken hostages: local radio  —  (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked Tunisia's parliament building on Wednesday, and security forces were surrounding two militants who may have taken hostages in a nearby museum, media and a government official said.
Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:
Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages  —  Today at the renewed Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China, I had the honor of speaking about Windows 10 and the innovation and opportunity it offers our valued partners.
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
San Francisco Saint Mary's Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS has learned that Saint Mary's Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral's doorways.
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 …
Steve Sebelius:
Five things we learned at the voter ID hearing  —  CARSON CITY — You can learn a lot by watching lawmakers debate bills in Carson City.  Mostly, what you learn is that watching lawmakers debate bills in Carson City is not a good way to spend your time.  —  But wait, there's more.
Arizona Republic:
6 shot, 1 killed in Mesa; gunman still on the loose  —  Fire officials say they have calls for more medical treatment in the area.  We will update you as more information is available.  Aux11  —  CONNECT  —  A gunman shot six people, killing at least one Wednesday morning in Mesa.
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Edmund H. Mahony / Hartford Courant:
Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland Sentenced To 30 Months In Campaign Fraud
Discussion: OnPolitics and New York Times
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Rahm Emanuel Needs Republican Help
Jeff Kearns / Bloomberg Business:
Fed Drops Patient Stance, Opening Door to June Rate Increase
Winn Parish Enterprise:
Journalist arrested in Winn Parish
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Outgoing US attorney hasn't acted on Lerner contempt charge
Discussion: RedState
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
N.Y.U. Professor Is Barred by United Arab Emirates
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Dems On A Possible Trump 2016 Run: Everything Is Awesome!
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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Cut People Off From The Help They Need
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's green gambit