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11:50 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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOP aims to sink Obamacare with reconciliation
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
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
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Hot Air and The Week
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.
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
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 …
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. and ThinkProgress
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.”
Discussion: USA Today
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Unveil Plan for Replacing Obamacare  —  You'll get nothing and like it.  —  Shares  —  The Republican Party's greatest health-care triumph is that it has managed to pass off its position on health care as some kind of undefined work in progress rather than a decision that has been made.
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Rep. Aaron Schock's Dad Speaks Out: 'He Will Be Successful If He's Not In Jail' … Rep. Aaron Schock's congressional ethics troubles may be over once his resignation takes effect, but questions surrounding the Illinois Republican's actions may eventually result in jail time, a possibility even his family has begun to realize.
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
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Being White Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
Washington Post:
Jeb Bush's tie to fugitive goes against business-savvy image he promotes
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Men, Money and the Marriage Crisis
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
The Renewable Energy Fight
The Hill:
Warren has Fed chief's ear
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases
Politico:
IRS may broaden rule to police political nonprofits
Discussion: Liberaland and Betsy's Page
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
NIH doctor: States should do more on vaccinations
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Chloe Heskett / The Cavalier Daily:
University student, Honor Committee member Martese Johnson arrested
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Beck: 'I'm out of the Republican Party'