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1:15 PM 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 …
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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 …
Yousef Munayyer / New York Times:
Netanyahu's Win Is Good for Palestine  —  WASHINGTON — IF anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday's election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch.
New York Times:
Obama May Find It Impossible to Mend Frayed Ties to Netanyahu
Dylan Byers / Politico:
As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup  —  Insiders say to expect more news, less bombast and, fresh voices.  —  It would be hard to imagine a news event better tailored to MSNBC's Venn diagram of “lean forward” liberals and “place for politics” political junkies.
Amanda Becker / Reuters:
Democratic support for Hillary Clinton softens: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Democratic support for Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign is softening amid controversy over her use of personal email when secretary of state, but most Democrats are for now sticking by their party's presumed candidate.
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Matea Gold / Washington Post:
A mighty fundraising operation awaits Clinton, as well as financial hurdles
Discussion: Progress Pond and ABC News
Gdrosenblum / CBS San Francisco:
Napolitano Says 'We Don't Have To Listen To This Crap' As Half-Naked Students Protest Potential UC Tuition Hikes  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - University of California President Janet Napolitano remarked to a fellow regent that they “didn't have to listen to this crap” as underwear-clad …
Holly Yan / CNN:
Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)How do we offset the influence of big money in politics while fixing the country's abysmal voter turnout rate?  —  President Barack Obama suggests it might be time to make voting a requirement.
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Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama suggests mandatory voting might be a good idea
David Mitchell / FOX31 Denver:
Pregnant woman's baby cut from womb after answering Craigslist ad; suspect ID'd, 911 tape released … LONGMONT, Colo. — A 26-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant is recovering in the hospital after she was stabbed while answering a Craigslist ad for baby clothes and her fetus was cut from the womb …
Discussion: WTKR-TV and BuzzFeed
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abc7.com:
Police: Baby cut from womb of pregnant woman responding to Craigslist
Discussion: Associated Press
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
White Parents On Fox News Condemn School's Black History Month Event  —  A segment on Thursday morning during the Fox News program “Fox & Friends” featured an all-white panel demanding an “apology” from a school district in Virginia for a Black History Month event about police brutality.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.) …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Budget debate could prove awkward for 2016 hopefuls
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Jeb Bush's forgotten father-in-law  —  Bush says his Mexican father-in-law abandoned his family to work in the U.S. That's not how his other relatives remember it.  —  Aides to Jeb Bush have said that his wife Columba's father left her family in Mexico when he immigrated to America.
Discussion: Hot Air
kff.org:
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 …
USA Today:
Judge sends strong message with teacher's sentence  —  DETROIT — Saying there is no room for double standards, an Oakland County judge sentenced a 30-year-old female teacher to spend the next six to 15 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a student.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Iran limited to 6K centrifuges in draft accord  —  6 photos  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent …
Jeremiah Horrigan / Times Herald-Record:
Arabic version of Pledge of Allegiance at Pine Bush High School ignites furor  — What began as an effort to celebrate national Foreign Language Week at Pine Bush High School has imploded into a raging controversy that has divided the school into angry factions.  —  » RELATED CONTENT
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Bloomberg Business:
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer Team Up on Luxury Smartwatch  —  Watch industry, consider yourself warned … Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer is creating a smartwatch in partnership with American technology companies Google and Intel.  The watch is an attempt to compete with devices by consumer-electronics makers …
Discussion: The Week and New York Magazine
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Astrid Wendlandt / Reuters:
LVMH's Tag Heuer surfs wave of smartwatch partnerships
Discussion: The Verge, Mashable and Engadget
OHCHR:
ISIL may have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide: UN report  —  The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed all three of the most serious international crimes - namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide …
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush and Ludacris Implore Georgia Lawmakers to Consider the Kids  —  The two crossed paths today in Atlanta.  —  They didn't arrive together, but potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and rapper/actor Ludacris crossed paths in the Georgia Capitol on Thursday …
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
Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz seeks to upend D.C. laws on contraception coverage, gay rights  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a conservative torchbearer and potential presidential contender, turned his attention to local D.C. politics Wednesday by introducing a measure in Congress to upend one new city law regarding discrimination …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Earth had warmest winter on record  —  The Earth just had its warmest winter on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday.  —  Winter is defined as the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere, and 90% of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
 
 
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Chloe Angyal / The New Republic:
Being White Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
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Jeb Bush's tie to fugitive goes against business-savvy image he promotes
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Men, Money and the Marriage Crisis
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
The Renewable Energy Fight
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Common Dreams
Politico:
IRS may broaden rule to police political nonprofits
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Holly Otterbein / Philadelphia Magazine:
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