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3:00 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 …
Discussion: Politico, Gawker and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
An Israeli Election Turns Ugly  —  Israel's election has done a lot to reveal the challenges facing the country and the intentions of the men who seek to lead it.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his racist rant against Israeli Arab voters …
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 …
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival in Israeli Elections
David Steinberg / The PJ Tatler:
Obama Won't Congratulate Bibi — But He Congratulated Erdogan, Sisi, Rouhani ... and Putin!
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:
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.
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.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
No Glory in the Hawkeye State
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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Arizona Republic:
6 shot, 1 killed in Mesa; gunman still on the loose
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!
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In states with the first 2016 primaries, Democrats ask: Where's Hillary?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
San Francisco Saint Mary's Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Raw Story
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Gov. Rick Scott eyeing run for U.S. Senate
 Earlier Items: 
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Cut People Off From The Help They Need
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life - major study
Discussion: RT, Big Think, Tech Times and NPR
Debra Hale-Shelton / Arkansas Online:
Judge dismisses oil-spill lawsuit
Discussion: Fuel Fix
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's green gambit
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Week
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder goes out swinging
Discussion: Instapundit
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column