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11:00 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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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
Discussion: Reuters, Common Dreams and Mondoweiss
Jonathan Alter / The Daily Beast:
Bibi's Ugly Win Will Harm Israel
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
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.
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: Mashable, The Verge 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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:
Jeb Bush's tie to fugitive goes against business-savvy image he promotes  —  Jeb Bush was a young man building a real-estate business in Miami in 1985 when a health-care entrepreneur named Miguel Recarey Jr. hired him to help locate office space in South Florida.
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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Politico:
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: Liberaland and Betsy's Page
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 …
 
 
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Duane Patterson / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Dr. Ben Carson On Foreign Policy And National Defense Issues
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Men, Money and the Marriage Crisis
Discussion: The Week
Mark Potok / Hatewatch:
Suspect in Arizona Shooting Spree a White Supremacist Skinhead
Mohammed A. Salih / Full Feed:
Iran gathers power in Iraq as US further sidelined
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
NIH doctor: States should do more on vaccinations
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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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
Elizabeth Sweetnam / CBS News:
Durst linked to disappearance of teen girls?
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Beck: 'I'm out of the Republican Party'