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2:50 PM ET, March 21, 2015

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Washington Post:
Democrats are the new party of no  —  DEMOCRATS WHO have been filibustering the Senate's consideration of legislation to combat human trafficking cited concerns with language they claimed would greatly expand the reach of Hyde Amendment restrictions on abortion.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Learn to Play Hardball  —  Mitch McConnell draws the line when Senate Democrats filibuster a human-trafficking law.  —  Politics can be aspirational, though mostly it's just transactional—a straight-up game of giving and getting.  The left's tantrum this week over the stalled nomination …
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalled by heavy casualties, discord  —  ISTANBUL — The much ballyhooed Iraqi government operation to capture the central city of Tikrit from the Islamic State has stalled three weeks after it began, amid widespread reports that Shiite Muslim militias …
Discussion: Progress Pond
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
By The Way, ICE Just Released 30,558 More Violent Criminal Illegal Aliens Onto American Streets  —  Back in 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement got ripped by Congress for releasing 36,000 violent criminal illegal aliens onto American streets.  Those criminals had convictions of homicide …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
For 2016 Run, Scott Walker Washes ‘Wiscahnsin’ Out of His Mouth  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — Out on the presidential campaign trail, Gov. Scott Walker has left “Wiscahnsin” back home in Wisconsin.  He now wants to strengthen the economy, not the “ecahnahmy.”  And while he once had the “ahnor” …
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
PolitiFact:
The federal health care law: What came true and what didn't  —  Predictions about the health care law were a dime a dozen back in 2010.  Supporters contended that virtually everyone around the country would soon have access to affordable insurance.  Opponents said the law would cost a fortune …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
John Boehner To Take Victory Lap In Israel  —  March 31, 2015 is the deadline day for Iran and the countries negotiating a nuclear arms agreement to agree on a framework for the agreement.  It's also the day Speaker of the House John Boehner is scheduled to travel to Israel and meet …
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iranian president Rouhani: Final nuclear deal possible  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday painted an optimistic picture of ongoing negotiations with world powers over his country's nuclear program, saying there has been progress in the talks and that a final accord is possible.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
New York Post:
Seven children dead after hot plate ignites NYC blaze  —  Firefighters work to rescue people from the Brooklyn home that went up in flames.  —  A malfunctioning hot plate ignited a Brooklyn inferno overnight that left seven children dead, and their mother and another teen in critical condition, officials said.
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
Stephanie Simon / Politico:
Common Core's cyber spies  —  Bent over their computers in Salt Lake City, a dozen cyber sleuths scan the vast reaches of the Internet for contraband.  —  Only, they're not hunting traffickers of drugs or sex.  —  Story Continued Below  —  It's standardized testing season across the U.S. …
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
As tech giant calls for more foreign workers, Senate hears of displaced Americans  —  Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, believes passionately that the United States needs more skilled foreign workers.  He has long advocated increasing the number of so-called H-1B visas, which allow those workers …
Discussion: National Review
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
FL Gov't Worker: I Was Punished After Writing the Words Climate Change  —  An employee for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection told MSNBC's Chris Hayes tonight that he was punished because he expressed his personal view on climate change and wrote the words “climate change” …
 
 
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Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
Steve King: I Don't Get How U.S. Jews ‘Can Be Democrats First and Jewish Second’
Daily Mail:
Jackie Mason bashes Obama on Israel: 'It's certainly hard to tell which side he's on …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Ted Cruz Plans ‘Important Speech’ in Virginia
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Assad crosses Obama's imaginary red line
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
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Josh Barro / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Role of Hillary Clinton's brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and The Daily Caller
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Graham threatens to withhold UN funding
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg Business
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
DOJ defends Clinton from email subpoena