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6:40 PM ET, March 19, 2015

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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors  —  (Reuters) - In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities.  She made a pledge to publish …
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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.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
How Hillary can win big  —  While Hillary Clinton is under attack from taxpayer-subsidized partisan inquisitions by Republicans in a Congress that is disapproved of by nearly 73 percent of Americans, according to Real Clear Politics, 57 percent of Americans would be proud to have her as our president …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Nothing new from Clinton  —  As Hillary Clinton hides behind lame tweets, furiously planning the launch of her new and different presidential campaign, Democrats wonder if they can find a 3-D printer that could produce a new Candidate Hillary.  Hillary 2.0 would have the same resume …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hit & Run
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
Discussion: Progress Pond
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Bibi Will Make History  —  Well, it's pretty clear now: Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be a major figure in Israeli history — not because he's heading to become the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, but because he's heading to be the most impactful.  Having won the Israeli elections …
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msnbc.com:
Netanyahu: US has ‘no greater ally’ than Israel  —  In his first interview since re-election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Andrea Mitchell that the U.S. has no greater ally than Israel, and says his address to Congress was not meant to disrespect President Obama.
New York Times:
Israel's Netanyahu Reopens Door to Palestinian State, but White House Is Unimpressed  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Thursday tried to walk back his pre-election declaration that no Palestinian state would be established on his watch, but his new assertions appeared …
Yousef Munayyer / New York Times:
Netanyahu's Win Is Good for Palestine
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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David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama broaches the idea of mandatory voting
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.
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Huge Boehner-Pelosi Deal That Could Change Medicare Forever  —  WASHINGTON — The House's top two leaders are on the verge of securing a sweeping deal to permanently fix a gaping hole in Medicare that has haunted Congress for more than a decade while also securing significant long-term savings in the program.
Sugar Mama / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin Mayor Steve Adler: ‘White people’ stickers appalling, offensive  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  East Austin businesses were targeted with stickers that declared them “exclusively for white people.”  —  Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, El Chilito Tacos y Café and Windmill Bicycles reported finding stickers.
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KEYE-TV:
Austin Police Investigate ‘Exclusively For White People’ Stickers On Businesses
Discussion: WGN-TV, abc30.com and Raw Story
Donesha Aldridge / WJTV:
Family and NAACP: Body Found Hanging is Otis Byrd; Authorities Will Not Confirm Identity  —  CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. - The Claiborne county chapter of the NAACP and family members say that Otis Byrd, a man reported missing, was found hanging in the woods not far from his last known residence.
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 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Ingraham: Jeb ‘will lose’ to Hillary  —  Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham declared that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush “will lose” if he's the GOP presidential nominee next year.  —  Ingraham, who's long ragged on Bush for his positions on immigration reform, said he couldn't beat former Secretary …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
My Stake In the 2016 Election Is Way More Personal Than Usual  —  Ed Kilgore: … This is more personal for me than usual.  Scary, too.  There are no guarantees in life, and there's no guarantee that MoJo will employ me forever.  If I lose my job, and Republicans repeal Obamacare …
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Why a Top Louisiana Republican Skipped Selma  —  Correction appended.  —  U.S. Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 House Republican who has been criticized in the past by civil rights leaders, stayed at a posh Georgia resort with his wife earlier this month rather …
Discussion: Politico
Vanity Fair:
Shame and Survival  —  She tried public appearances.  She tried being reclusive.  She tried leaving the country, and she tried finding a job.  But the epic humiliation of 1998, when her affair with Bill Clinton became an all-consuming story, has followed Monica Lewinsky every day.
Ray Long / Chicago Tribune:
Lobbyist sues to regain big pension he got from 1 day as substitute teacher  —  A union lobbyist who qualified for a teacher pension windfall by subbing at a school for one day is now suing a state retirement board because his benefits were scaled back once his sweet deal was exposed.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Fox News and Hot Air
Politico:
House panel passes GOP budget amid rancor over defense spending  —  The House Budget Committee on Thursday morning passed the GOP's 2016 spending proposal on a straight party line vote, but only after Republican leaders delayed their plan to dramatically boost Pentagon spending.
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Lee Shearerupdated / Athens Daily News:
Hoop skirts banned at UGA following Oklahoma frat video  —  Hoop skirts will go the way of Confederate uniforms as special-event attire for Greek organizations at the University of Georgia — into the past.  —  The hoop skirt ban came after UGA Student Affairs administrators met Monday …
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.
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 …
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
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to ‘hostile’ climate  —  Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation's premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them.
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: The Week 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
 
 
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Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
UN panel to consider US ‘failure’ to clear up racial murders of civil rights era
Discussion: Daily Kos and Common Dreams
Gina Mangieri / KHON2:
Sale of ‘Magnum P.I.’ home may be tied to President Obama
Discussion: Politico, KHVO, Washington Post and Chicago
The White House:
Remarks by the President to the City Club of Cleveland
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Don't Confirm Loretta Lynch
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eliot Kleinberg / Post On Politics:
Employees group: Florida environmental manager was punished for uttering “climate change.”
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
A recently hired adviser to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's …
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Maria Puente / USA Today:
CBS soap reveals character is transgender
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Michelle Tan / Army Times:
Army investigates alleged ‘Racial Thursdays’ at unit
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Louie Gohmert Wants To Bomb Iran Now, Pushes Bogus Obama Conspiracy Theories
abc7.com:
Police arrest former nurse aide in Craigslist unborn baby stabbing
Discussion: ABC News and abc7chicago.com
USA Today:
Judge sends strong message with teacher's sentence
Discussion: Vox Popoli