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2:05 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
New York Times:
Obama May Find It Impossible to Mend Frayed Ties to Netanyahu
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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Seth Lipsky / New York Post:
Why doesn't Obama just pardon Hillary?
Discussion: Hot Air
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
A mighty fundraising operation awaits Clinton, as well as financial hurdles
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.
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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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Mandatory Voting? Obama Says It Would Be ‘Transformative’
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Obama suggests mandatory voting might be a good idea
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
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 …
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
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Pelosi Says Republicans Will Keep Investigating Clinton, ‘Be It Her Hair or Her E-Mails’  —  The top Democrat in the U.S. House on Thursday said she believes Republicans are making a “mistake” politically in their pursuit of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's e-mails.
Discussion: Politico
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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 …
Katie J.M. Baker / BuzzFeed:
College Professor Bans Student From Class For His Views On Rape  —  A 19-year-old was banned from the discussion portion of a humanities class at Reed College after students complained that his opinions on sexual assault made them feel uncomfortable.  He doesn't want to keep quiet.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Shakesville
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 …
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
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
Shaun KingFollow / Daily Kos:
University of Virginia honors student, Martese Johnson, brutally and unjustly beaten by police  —  A popular undergraduate honors student and leader at the University of Virginia, Martese Johnson, was brutally assaulted by law enforcement near the campus very early Wednesday morning.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Kasich Looks to Republican Primaries, ‘Ohio Story’ in Hand  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John R. Kasich was sipping coffee in the sun-drenched garden room of his official residence, boasting about his “Ohio story” of economic recovery, when he was told that some Republicans thought a fellow Midwestern governor …
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
 
 
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Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Earth had warmest winter on record
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush and Ludacris Implore Georgia Lawmakers to Consider the Kids
Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz seeks to upend D.C. laws on contraception coverage, gay rights
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
USA Today:
Judge sends strong message with teacher's sentence
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Chloe Angyal / The New Republic:
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Fiscal hawks scuttle House Republican budget efforts
Arthur Chu / Salon:
RaceTogether is a debacle: The real reason why Starbucks, McDonald's and Coke keep failing on Twitter
Discussion: USA Today
Holly Otterbein / Philadelphia Magazine:
Member of Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho Defends Fraternity
Trent Baker / BREITBART.COM:
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith: For One Election, Every Black Person Should Vote Republican