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2:05 PM ET, March 20, 2015

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Boehner's Epic Burn  —  You may have seen that Israeli officials announced this evening that US House Speaker John Boehner will leave at the end of March for a 10 day victory tour through Israel.  The trip, purportedly, was planned during Netanyahu's visit to Washington earlier this month …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:   Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Netanyahu Says A Palestinian State Is ‘Unachievable’ Today
Christopher / Sacramento Bee:
California proposal to legalize killing gays hard to stop  —  ›  —  ‹  —  For less than the cost of an Apple iPad, Matt McLaughlin started a statewide legal conversation.  —  An attorney from Huntington Beach, McLaughlin in late February spent $200 to propose a ballot measure …
CNN:
First on CNN: FBI, federal prosecutors investigating Aaron Schock  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI and the federal prosecutors in Illinois are investigating whether Rep. Aaron Schock broke the law in accounting for campaign expenses, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Steven Petrow / Washington Post:
Civilities: Please stop pink-baiting Aaron Schock  —  On Tuesday, when former representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of the first openly gay congressmen, heard from a Business Insider reporter that Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) was resigning, he made an immediate assumption.  “He was outed or what?”
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
The Conservative Media Warrior Who May Run for Aaron Schock's Seat
Marc Ambinder / The Week:
How I unfairly maligned two Secret Service agents in POLITICO Magazine  —  It seemed like a refrain: News reports surfaced on March 11 about an incident at the White House involving drunken Secret Service agents.  The first accounts suggested that the agents' conduct was egregious and even cartoonish.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
BREAKING: After Scrapping AR-15 Ammo Ban, ATF Director B. Todd Jones Resigning  —  UPDATE: ATF has officially confirmed Jones' departure without stating a specific reason for his resignation.  —  “ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” said Jones.
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
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ABC News:
ATF Director B. Todd Jones Stepping Down After Nearly 4 Years on Job
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trillion Dollar Fraudsters  —  By now it's a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits, but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magic asterisk” — a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases …
Discussion: CRFB.org and Balloon Juice
Moshe Z. Marvit / The Nation:
These Republicans Want to Take Away Your Weekend  —  In Wisconsin, a new bill is threatening to kill workers' one day of rest. … As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the so-called “right to work” bill on March 9, making Wisconsin the twenty-fifth right-to-work state in the country …
Politico:
John Boehner defies conservatives, goes bold on budget  —  The House GOP's battered leadership team is determined to score some wins.  —  Speaker John Boehner's newest tack is to go big.  —  Over the next week, the Ohio Republican and his top lieutenants plan to jam two big-ticket items through …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Clinton Charity Tapped Foreign Friends  —  Foundation agreed not to seek donations from other governments, but cash kept flowing from individuals with connections to them  —  The Clinton Foundation swore off donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors
BBC:
Yemen crisis: More than 100 die in attacks on Sanaa mosques  —  Suicide bombers have attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 126 people and wounding many others, reports say.  —  Worshippers were attending noon prayers at the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques when at least four attackers struck.
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Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Petraeus: The Islamic State isn't our biggest problem in Iraq  —  General David Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops during the 2007-2008 surge, was back in Iraq last week for the first time in more than three years.  He was attending the annual Sulaimani Forum, a get-together of Iraqi leaders …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Twitchy
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Both Parties Are Nervous About 2016  —  Hillary is the only thing holding Democrats together, and Bushes always break the Republican Party.  —  The 2016 presidential campaign is here, pushed up prematurely by the Hillary Clinton email controversy.  When a major candidate of a major party …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell Makes Changes, but Senate Gridlock Remains  —  WASHINGTON — When he became majority leader, propelled by sweeping Republican victories last year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky vowed to run a more productive and traditional Senate than his Democratic predecessor, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.
Discussion: ABC News
Steve Mistler / Portland Press Herald Contributors:
Stephen King: LePage ‘full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green’  —  Author Stephen King turned Gov. Paul LePage's effort to kill Maine's income tax into a horror show for the governor Thursday.  —  In a weekly radio address LePage's office released on Wednesday …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Thanks for the Stock Tip, Mr. Senator  —  Inside the shadowy, poorly policed world of “political intelligence.”  —  On April 1, 2013, an hour before the markets closed, a congressional staffer named Brian Sutter passed along to a lobbyist the kind of tip that can make a savvy investor a quick fortune …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Ben Carson: Arm Ukraine, Expand NATO, Rethink Russia's Position on UN Security Council  —  Ben Carson Confused About Whether The Baltic States Are Part Of NATO  —  Ben Carson stumbles over questions about NATO, al Qaeda  —  “I am still in the stage of rapidly learning about the political dynamics of global politics.”
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jon Stewart Asks When Fox Is Going To Hold Themselves Accountable For Their Anger And Divisiveness  —  The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took a whack at Fox “news” for the double standard when it comes to their screaming for accountability on Ferguson while refusing to hold themselves accountable for their Benghazi witch hunt.
Politico:
Obamas may be buying ‘Magnum, P.I.’ home in Hawaii  —  When he's done being president, could Barack Obama grow a mustache, don a Hawaiian shirt, and start driving a red Ferrari?  —  Obama loves Hawaii - the land of his childhood, the place where he can retreat to spectacular beaches and shaved ice …
Gallup:
SOCIAL ISSUES … PRINCETON, N.J. — The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of the adult population who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) of any of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas.
 
 
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Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Business:
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Reason:
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