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4:55 PM ET, March 20, 2015

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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?”
Associated Press:
Source: Resigning Rep. Schock under investigation by Justice
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
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 …
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
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and New York Times
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: I Signed Cotton Letter to Help Obama ‘Negotiate from a Position of Strength’  —  Rand Paul tries to convince realists that he didn't bail on them.  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. -During a town hall meeting with employees of a cloud computing company, Kentucky Senator and potential 2016 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Benghazi committee officially requests Clinton surrender her email server … The committee investigating Benghazi formally requested Friday that Hillary Rodham Clinton turn her email server over to an independent third party so it can be scrutinized to determine whether she and the Obama administration complied with open-records laws.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bernie Goldberg to O'Reilly: Let's Face It, Fox ‘Plays Down Conservative Screw-Ups’  —  Fox News' Bernie Goldberg told Bill O'Reilly tonight he needs to understand that the liberal media may be biased, but so is Fox News, with many of its regular faces turning a blind eye to conservative problems.
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
Alan Carter / CBS Los Angeles:
Parent Sues LAUSD After Teacher Reportedly Used Racially Charged Comments In Class  —  LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Brentwood parent is suing the school district, charging that a male teacher made offensive and racially charged comments in his class in front of and focused on his biracial daughter.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
 
 
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Steve King: I Don't Understand How American Jews Can Be Democrats
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Meaghancorzine / CBS DC:
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Discussion: FOX News Radio
The Huffington Post:
Rudy Giuliani Tells His Party To Stop Blocking Loretta Lynch's Nomination
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Washington Post:
How the Clintons' Haiti development plans succeed — and disappoint
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Associated Press:
‘Exclusively for white people’ stickers put on Austin stores
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Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Guest: Speaking Arabic Today Is Like Speaking German During WWII
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Trillion Dollar Fraudsters
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