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4:25 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  —  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 …
David Steinberg / The PJ Tatler:
Obama Won't Congratulate Bibi — But He Congratulated Erdogan, Sisi, Rouhani ... and Putin!
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Likud's win: The ‘second Israel’ has spoken
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Senate Democrat's office: Aide knew of abortion provision  —  Democrat: GOP Putting Lynch at ‘back of the Bus’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats blocked debate on stalled human trafficking legislation for a second day Wednesday as a Democratic senator's office belatedly conceded …
Discussion: The Hill, US News, Moe Lane and Politico
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
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.
Frank Turek /
Why the 14th Amendment Can't Possibly Require Same-Sex Marriage
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Outgoing US attorney hasn't acted on Lerner contempt charge  —  Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia appointed by President Obama and set to step down next month, has not acted on a contempt of Congress charge for former IRS official Lois Lerner.
Discussion: RedState
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate GOP Budget Tells Committees To Write Obamacare Replacement
Discussion: Daily Kos and Common Dreams
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
 Earlier Items: 
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
San Francisco Saint Mary's Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away
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
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Barack Obama's green gambit
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Why Hillary can win big
Discussion: Taylor Marsh