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3:40 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 …
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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 …
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Bibi's Ugly Win Will Harm Israel
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 / UnionLeader.com:
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 …
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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.
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Associated Press:
Walker Aide Quits After Questioning Iowa's Role in Campaign
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.
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 …
CNN:
Poll: Hillary Clinton still tops in 2016 - CNN.com  —  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 …
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.
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newscenter.kraftfoodsgroup.com:
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.
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Attorneys battle over who will argue for gay marriage in Supreme Court  —  Gay rights lawyers agree on how the Supreme Court should rule in the upcoming marriage cases.  And they agree on why gays and lesbians deserve a constitutional right to marry nationwide.
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Frank Turek / Townhall.com:
Why the 14th Amendment Can't Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: BarbWire.com
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
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 …
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Associated Press:
Senate Dem office concedes aide knew of abortion provision
Discussion: Moe Lane
ESPN:
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 …
Ben Bradley / abc7chicago.com:
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.
Vox:
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 …
 
 
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Outgoing US attorney hasn't acted on Lerner contempt charge
Discussion: RedState
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Hillary Clinton's E-Mail Was Vulnerable to ‘Spoofing’
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
China Reveals Its Cyberwar Secrets
Discussion: The Diplomat
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
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
San Francisco Saint Mary's Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away
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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:
The longer babies breastfeed, the more they achieve in life - major study
Discussion: RT, Big Think, Tech Times and NPR
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's green gambit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Holder goes out swinging
Discussion: Instapundit
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big
Discussion: Taylor Marsh