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8:50 AM ET, March 20, 2015

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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lawmakers urge Obama to mend fences with Netanyahu  —  Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are urging President Obama to mend fences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  The relationship between the two leaders has soured in the run-up to the prime minister's election triumph this week.
Discussion: Progress Pond
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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 …
Andrea Mitchell / NBC News:
“I don't want a one-state solution,” …
Discussion: American Spectator
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Before and After: Netanyahu's Shifting Comments on a Palestinian State
New York Times:
Israel's Netanyahu Reopens Door to Palestinian State, but White House Is Unimpressed
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 and Political Wire
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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 …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
How Hillary can win big
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:   Nothing new from Clinton  —  As Hillary Clinton hides behind …
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  —  Buyer of multi-million dollar ‘Magnum P.I.’ home has connection to President Obama  —  A well-known Waimanalo home has been sold, but the big question is who is the buyer?  —  The talk around town points to President Barack Obama …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Brad Conaway / WLOX-TV:
NAACP: Missing African American man found hanging from tree  —  CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The FBI and the MBI are investigating a suspicious death in Claiborne County.  —  A body was found on property located off of Rodney Road.  —  The Coroner, J.W. Mallett, confirms the man was found hanging from a tree.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hinterland Gazette
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Therese Apel / The Clarion Ledger:
FBI, MBI working suspicious hanging in Claiborne County
Discussion: New York Magazine
Donesha Aldridge / WJTV:
Family and NAACP: Body Found Hanging is Otis Byrd; Authorities Will Not Confirm Identity
Discussion: CBS News and Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Talks Stall Over Ending of Sanctions  —  As deadline nears for nuclear agreement, Tehran wants U.N. sanctions lifted right away; U.S., Europeans say ‘no way.’  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland—When international sanctions on Iran would be lifted has emerged as one of the largest remaining stumbling blocks …
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: The Huffington Post
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.
faa.gov:
Amazon Gets Experimental Airworthiness Certificate … March 19-The Federal Aviation Administration today issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training.
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
FAA gives Amazon go-ahead on drone testing
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.
Reason:
Everything's Awesome and Camille Paglia is Unhappy!  —  Growing up as “a gender nonconforming entity” during Eisenhower's America wasn't easy for cultural critic and best-selling author Camille Paglia.  Her adolescence in small-town, upstate New York was marked by rejection, rebellion …
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
The Conservative Media Warrior Who May Run for Aaron Schock's Seat  —  Mike Flynn is being encouraged to get in the race.  —  This week began like most of Mike Flynn's recent weeks.  The conservative strategist was in a slow, tedious war with Comcast, trying to get NBC affiliates …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Chicago
Wall Street Journal:
Inside the U.S. Antitrust Probe of Google  —  Key FTC staff wanted to sue Internet giant after finding ‘real harm to consumers and to innovation’  —  WASHINGTON—Key staff of the Federal Trade Commission concluded in 2012 that Google Inc. used anticompetitive tactics and abused its monopoly power …
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 …
 
 
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John Dickerson / Slate:
Sweating the Small Stuff
Discussion: Hot Air, BREITBART.COM and Guardian
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
How “prisons without bars” could cut the cost of prison and keep people from coming back
Politico:
House panel passes GOP budget amid rancor over defense spending
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama broaches the idea of mandatory voting
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to ‘hostile’ climate
Vanity Fair:
Shame and Survival  —  She tried public appearances.  She tried being reclusive.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
My Stake In the 2016 Election Is Way More Personal Than Usual
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Ingraham: Jeb ‘will lose’ to Hillary
 Earlier Items: 
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Why a Top Louisiana Republican Skipped Selma
Discussion: Politico
Gdrosenblum / CBS San Francisco:
Napolitano Says 'We Don't Have To Listen To This Crap' As Half-Naked Students Protest Potential UC Tuition Hikes