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2:40 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
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.
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Marc Ambinder apologizes for POLITICO piece  —  Marc Ambinder, The Week's editor-at-large, is apologizing for a POLITICO Magazine article he wrote about the Secret Service in an essay published on Friday.  —  Ambinder wrote that his article, which looked into the problems with substance abuse within …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and New York Times
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?”
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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Mohammed Ghobari / Reuters:
Suicide bombers hit two mosques in Yemen, killing 50
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
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 …
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
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 …
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, neo-neocon, Daily Kos and Hot Air
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:
The Circular Firing Squad  —  Breitbart's Matthew Boyle had himself a scoop - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hired someone to run his social media campaign who disagrees with him on some issues.  —  Yeah, that's really about it.  —  But the headline tells a different story.
Discussion: Guardian
Guardian:
Guardian appoints Katharine Viner as editor-in-chief  —  Guardian US chief who also set up Australian operation will take over from Alan Rusbridger this summer  —  Katharine Viner has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.
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.
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 …
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors  —  NEW YORK (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.
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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 …
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 …
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Guest: Speaking Arabic Today Is Like Speaking German During WWII  —  A guest on Fox News' “Fox & Friends” morning program Friday argued that the New York high school that led its students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic this week unintentionally put its students in alignment with Islamic State terrorists.
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rick Perry in Iowa: ‘My views are the ones that matter’
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell Makes Changes, but Senate Gridlock Remains
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Clinton's Nixonian path to office
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Everything's Awesome and Camille Paglia is Unhappy!
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run