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1:50 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 …
Discussion: Politico, Gawker and Hullabaloo
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 …
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  —  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 …
Fox News:
Obama-linked nonprofit filed for new IRS status after accusation of meddling in Israeli election
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
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Trump launching presidential exploratory committee
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
What Happens After Prison: The Big Challenge in Criminal Justice Reform
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.
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
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Tunisia Museum Attack Leaves 19 Dead; 2 Gunmen Killed in Firefight
Discussion: New York Magazine, Guardian and NPR
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 …
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.
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
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dem senator: Loretta Lynch forced to ‘back of the bus’  —  The Senate's second-ranking Democrat accused Republicans of putting African-American attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch at “the back of the bus” when it comes to a Senate confirmation vote.  —  Dick Durbin of Illinois called it …
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 …
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Gov. Rick Scott eyeing run for U.S. Senate
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ben Carson?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
How Republicans Plan To Cut People Off From The Help They Need
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
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Discussion: Big Think, Tech Times and NPR
Debra Hale-Shelton / Arkansas Online:
Judge dismisses oil-spill lawsuit
Discussion: Fuel Fix
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Discussion: USA Today, CityLab and Big Think
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
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Obama to Draw Contrasts With Republicans Over Spending
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big
Discussion: Taylor Marsh