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8:40 AM ET, March 19, 2015


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Michael Crowley / Politico:
Israel's shield no more?  —  Officials say they are revisiting the U.S. stance in light of Netanyahu rolling back his support of a Palestinian state.  —  In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decisive re-election, the Obama administration is revisiting longtime assumptions …
Foreign Policy:
From Tel Aviv to Turtle Bay  —  The White House hoped a new Israeli prime minister would resume peace talks with the Palestinians.  With Netanyahu holding on, the administration is weighing a turn to the U.N. to help force a deal.  —  After years of blocking U.N. efforts to pressure Israelis …
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Bibi's Ugly Win Will Harm Israel
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOP aims to sink Obamacare with reconciliation  —  But first they have to strike a difficult deal on an overall budget  —  Senate Republicans want to use a powerful procedural budget maneuver known as reconciliation to go after President Barack Obama's health care law …
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Fiscal hawks scuttle House Republican budget efforts  —  Negotiations to resolve a dispute over defense spending blew up Wednesday night in the House Budget Committee, as the panel came up short of approving a nearly $3.8 trillion Republican blueprint.  —  Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) …
Discussion: Political Wire
Manu Raju / Politico:
Budget debate could prove awkward for 2016 hopefuls  —  The four Republican senators considering a run for president will have to take sides.  —  Congress' battle of the budget could be coming soon to the 2016 Republican presidential primary.  —  The four Republican senators considering …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Unveil Plan for Replacing Obamacare
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.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Rep. Aaron Schock's Dad Speaks Out: 'He Will Be Successful If He's Not In Jail'
Discussion: The Week
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Aaron Schock's Dad: 'Two Years from Now, He'll be Successful, if He's Not in Jail'
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Beck: 'I'm out of the Republican Party'  —  Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on Wednesday announced he is leaving the Republican Party.  —  “I've made my decision — I'm out,” Beck said Wednesday on “The Glenn Beck Program,” his broadcast on  “I'm out of the Republican Party.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Glenn Beck ‘done’ with Republican Party
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests that economic growth has moderated somewhat.  Labor market conditions have improved further, with strong job gains and a lower unemployment rate.  A range of labor market indicators suggests …
Jeff Kearns / Bloomberg Business:
Fed Drops Patient Stance, Opening Door to June Rate Increase
Chloe Heskett / The Cavalier Daily:
University student, Honor Committee member Martese Johnson arrested  —  Johnson sustained head injury during arrest, released on bond Wednesday morning  —  This is a developing story, and will continue to be updated with the latest information available.  —  Martese Johnson …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2015  —  Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie … Opinion Of ACA Five Years After Passage  —  The health care law has been politically divisive since its passage in March 2010.  However, the gap between favorable and unfavorable opinions …
The Hill:
Warren has Fed chief's ear  —  Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is upping her outreach to Capitol Hill, and one lawmaker is attracting the largest amount of her attention: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).  —  A review of Yellen's meeting records, obtained by The Hill …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
The Renewable Energy Fight  —  The battle in Colorado over renewable portfolio standards is a key front in the national climate debate.  —  DENVER—With a strong environmental community, a vibrant fossil-fuel industry, and a thriving clean energy sector, Colorado encapsulates …
IRS may broaden rule to police political nonprofits  —  The IRS may broaden a looming controversial rule to police political nonprofits to include political parties and political action committees, the IRS chief said Wednesday.  —  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency may expand …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Liberaland
Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior U.S. official said, as Washington considers slowing its military pull-out from Afghanistan to help the new government fight the Taliban.
Holly Otterbein / Philadelphia Magazine:
Member of Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho Defends Fraternity  —  Frat allegedly posted photographs of nude, unconscious women to Facebook.  Member says it wasn't malicious.  —  When news broke this week that a Penn State fraternity had allegedly run two private Facebook pages …
Arthur Chu / Salon:
RaceTogether is a debacle: The real reason why Starbucks, McDonald's and Coke keep failing on Twitter  —  Well, it's only been 24 hours as I write this since Starbucks announced its #RaceTogether campaign and already it can safely be said to have transitioned from “experiment” to “debacle.”
Elizabeth Sweetnam / CBS News:
Durst linked to disappearance of teen girls?  —  Shares -  —  The charge for Susan Berman's murder has brought the mysteries surrounding Robert Durst back into the spotlight.  Investigators may now be looking at Durst in the disappearance of two teenage girls in California in the mid 90s …
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Suspect in Arizona Shooting Spree a White Supremacist Skinhead  —  The man reportedly arrested in the aftermath of a shooting spree in Mesa, Ariz., today sports tattoos that identify him as a neo-Nazi.  What's more, a local retired detective says he is a longtime white supremacist skinhead associated with major racist groups.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Mohammed A. Salih / Full Feed:
Iran gathers power in Iraq as US further sidelined
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
NIH doctor: States should do more on vaccinations
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Trent Baker / BREITBART.COM:
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith: For One Election, Every Black Person Should Vote Republican
Jessie / Feeds:
What Went Wrong with the FISA Court
Discussion: The Hill and Lawfare
Roger Yu / USA Today:
USA TODAY offers buyouts to veteran staffers
Edmund H. Mahony / Hartford Courant:
Ex-Governor John Rowland Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison
Discussion: OnPolitics and New York Times
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Associated Press:
Senate Democrat's office: Aide knew of abortion provision
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In states with the first 2016 primaries, Democrats ask: Where's Hillary?
Discussion: Moe Lane, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
US sets new record for denying, censoring government files