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3:30 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 …
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John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
The Crisis Has Exploded  —  Today, the president of the United States told the prime minister of Israel he was reassessing America's “options” with regard to Israel in light of remarks Benjamin Netanyahu made about potential Palestinian statehood and an election-day Facebook post urging Israeli right-wingers …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:   Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton
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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Associated Press:
Source: Resigning Rep. Schock under investigation by Justice  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that the Justice Department is formally investigating whether Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois, who has submitted his resignation, committed crimes …
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 …
Jessica Kershaw / BLM:
Interior Department Releases Final Rule to Support Safe, Responsible Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands  —  Fundamental Standards Address Well Integrity, Water Protection, Disclosure of Chemicals  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a robust and transparent public process …
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Elana Schor / Politico:
Interior's new fracking rules get swift GOP backlash
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
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
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
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 …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Petraeus: The Islamic State isn't our biggest problem in Iraq  —  Gen. David H. Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops in Iraq during the 2007-2008 surge, was back in that country last week for the first time in more than three years.  He was attending the annual Sulaimani Forum …
Discussion: Politico, The Tower and TalkLeft
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: Balloon Juice and CRFB.org
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
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Scientists say Arctic sea ice just set a disturbing new record  —  Two weeks ago, we noted here that the Arctic was on the verge of a scary new record — an unprecedented “lowest winter maximum” for sea ice extent.  What that would mean is that during the season of the year …
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.
The Huffington Post:
Rudy Giuliani Tells His Party To Stop Blocking Loretta Lynch's Nomination  —  WASHINGTON — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said Friday that Loretta Lynch is an “extraordinary” nominee for U.S. attorney general, and called on Senate Republicans to stop holding up her confirmation vote.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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 …
Washington Post:
How the Clintons' Haiti development plans succeed — and disappoint  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Deep in the Haitian countryside, peanut farmer Wismith Moricette epitomizes the success of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's charitable work: Through an innovative program backed by the Clintons …
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 …
 
 
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bernie Goldberg to O'Reilly: Let's Face It, Fox ‘Plays Down Conservative Screw-Ups’
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Talking Points Memo
George Joseph / The Nation:
9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York's Public Schools—Here's Their Story
Associated Press:
‘Exclusively for white people’ stickers put on Austin stores
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Guest: Speaking Arabic Today Is Like Speaking German During WWII
Discussion: Mediaite
Vera Eckert / Reuters:
European power grids keep lights on through solar eclipse
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama Asks Iran to Free Jason Rezaian and Other Americans
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Thanks for the Stock Tip, Mr. Senator
David Greenwald / Oregonian:
Michael Brown, the Left Banke's brilliant baroque-pop leader, dies at 65
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell Makes Changes, but Senate Gridlock Remains
Discussion: ABC News