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11:30 AM 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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lawmakers urge Obama to mend fences with Netanyahu
Andrea Mitchell / NBC News:
“I don't want a one-state solution,” …
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 …
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.
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
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
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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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and alicublog
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Ingraham: Jeb ‘will lose’ to Hillary
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 …
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 and Twitchy
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.”
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 …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Did a Student's Non-PC Views on Rape Statistics Get Him Banned from Class?  Maybe, Maybe Not.  —  A male student at Reed College—a private liberal arts college in Oregon—says he was told not to return to his Humanities 110 discussion because his opinions about the prevalence of campus rape offended other people in the class.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell Makes Changes, but Senate Gridlock Remains  —  WASHINGTON — When he became majority leader, propelled by sweeping Republican victories last year, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky vowed to run a more productive and traditional Senate than his Democratic predecessor, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.
Discussion: ABC News
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rick Perry in Iowa: ‘My views are the ones that matter’  —  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the country is only a few conservative decisions — lower taxes, beef up the military, prevent federal intrusion into state functions — from seeing an explosion in prosperity.
Therese Apel / The Clarion Ledger:
FBI, MBI working suspicious hanging in Claiborne County  —  The hanging victim is said to be Otis Byrd, who went missing after a trip to the casino March 2.  —  CONNECT  —  Authorities are probing a hanging in Claiborne County, officials said.  —  FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Brad Conaway / WLOX-TV:
NAACP: Missing African American man found hanging from tree
Discussion: Raw Story, Hinterland Gazette and WJTV
 
 
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