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12:35 PM ET, March 20, 2015

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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in this week's Israeli elections has reverberated through American politics, reinforcing Republican faith in the political wisdom of a hawkish foreign policy …
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Scott Neuman / NPR:
Netanyahu Says A Palestinian State Is ‘Unachievable’ Today
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.
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 …
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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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
The Conservative Media Warrior Who May Run for Aaron Schock's Seat
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 …
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 and Hot Air
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:
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 …
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Paul Drewes / KHVO:
Rumors swirl around sale of Waimanalo estate
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and FOX News Radio
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 …
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.”
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.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama Asks Iran to Free Jason Rezaian and Other Americans  —  President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran to release a Washington Post reporter and two other Americans held there.  —  Mr. Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said Iran must release Post reporter Jason Rezaian …
Discussion: Poynter
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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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.
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
A Rare Total Solar Eclipse  —  By a lucky coincidence, the moon and the sun appear to be almost the same size, each subtending about half a degree of arc in diameter.  As a result, the endless and repetitive wobbly dance of the worlds causes the moon to pass directly in front of the sun every year or two …
Melanie Grayce West / Wall Street Journal:
Body of Missing Reporter Found in New Jersey  —  David Bird had been missing for more than a year; left home for a walk in January 2014  —  David Christopher Bird, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was missing for more than a year, has been found dead near the site of his disappearance, New Jersey police said.
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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 Greenwald / Oregonian:
Michael Brown, the Left Banke's brilliant baroque-pop leader, dies at 65  —  The Left Banke writer-keyboardist Michael Brown, who helped the band become an influential pop sensation in the 1960s.  —  Michael Brown, the initial guiding force behind influential 1960s pop act the Left Banke …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Clinton's Nixonian path to office  —  The effective kickoff of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was an act of deck-clearing so breathtaking, so brazen, that it remains difficult to process.  —  The former secretary of state summoned reporters to the United Nations …
 
 
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Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Business:
Republican National Committee Top Donors to Get a Look at Presidential Hopefuls
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell Makes Changes, but Senate Gridlock Remains
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