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1:30 AM ET, March 21, 2015


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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
DOJ defends Clinton from email subpoena  —  The Justice Department is defending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a motion to subpoena her private emails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  —  “Such action is unnecessary and inappropriate under FOIA,” DOJ officials wrote in a legal briefing filed Thursday.
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds argue they had no duty under FOIA to search Hillary Clinton's emails  —  The federal government had no duty under the Freedom of Information Act to produce emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent or received on a privately maintained account, Justice Department lawyers suggested …
Discussion: Business Insider
Lauren French / Politico:
Trey Gowdy to Hillary Clinton lawyer: Turn over server to third party
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Benghazi committee officially requests Clinton surrender her email server
ABC News:
Barney Frank Says Aaron Schock Should Be ‘Exposed’ If He's Gay … Power Players  —  It took former Rep. Barney Frank 32 years to come out as gay.  —  But now, as rumors swirl alleging that retiring-Rep. Aaron Schock is gay, Frank said the Illinois Republican should be “exposed” …
Steven Petrow / Washington Post:
Civilities: Please stop pink-baiting Aaron Schock
Associated Press:
Source: Resigning Rep. Schock under investigation by Justice
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Obama On Loretta Lynch: 'You Don't Hold Attorney General Nominees Hostage'  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama chastised Senate Republicans on Friday for refusing to confirm his attorney general nominee, saying it's inexcusable to hold Loretta Lynch “hostage” as a bargaining chip for separate legislation.
Trymaine Lee /
Eric Holder breaks silence on GOP obstruction of Lynch vote  —  For Attorney General Eric Holder, the GOP's obstruction of Loretta Lynch's nomination to replace him is both a slap in the face to the political process and demeaning to Lynch, an unblemished nominee who has been widely praised on both sides of the aisle.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
The Huffington Post:
Rudy Giuliani Tells His Party To Stop Blocking Loretta Lynch's Nomination
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Steve King: I Don't Understand How American Jews Can Be Democrats  —  “But anti-Semitism is a component of this and just plain liberalism is another component.  I mean the president wants the world to be, he thinks somehow he can force the world can be the world he myopically believes it is.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan Urges State Lawmakers Not to Set Up Health-Insurance Exchanges  —  Ways and means chairman says GOP is moving ahead on alternative to health law  —  WASHINGTON—Rep. Paul Ryan urged state lawmakers to resist setting up state insurance exchanges if the Supreme Court rules that key parts …
Los Angeles Times:
FBI: ‘Community deserves answers,’ in hanging of Mississippi black man  —  Preliminary results of an autopsy on the body of Otis Byrd, whose body was found hanging from a tree in rural Mississippi, strongly suggest the death was a suicide rather than foul play, sources said …
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
ABC News:
Mississippi Man Found Hanging From Tree
Ex-Chicago State Admin: I Was Pressured to File False Harassment Claim Against Faculty Critic  —  A former high-level administrator at Chicago State University alleged in a statement filed yesterday in federal court that Chicago State President Wayne Watson pressured her to file …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Haven't Republicans Caught On to Marco Rubio?  —  When you try to assess candidates from the other party, even the most unsentimental among us can have a hard time separating our emotional reactions from our level-headed assessment of who's a strong contender and who isn't.
Washington Post:
Role of Hillary Clinton's brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows  —  MORNE BOSSA, Haiti — Drive down the rutted dirt road a couple of miles to the guard house, then hike 15 minutes up to the overgrown hilltop, and there it is: a piece of 3.5-inch-wide PVC pipe sticking out of the ground.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Josh Barro / New York Times:
Can Washington's Gift Economy in Marijuana Work?  —  It sounds like an idea a stoner might come up with.  —  In Washington, D.C., it's now legal to possess marijuana, to grow it, to smoke it and to give it away.  But you're not allowed to trade in it.  You can give your neighbor up to an ounce …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Assad crosses Obama's imaginary red line  —  Don't look now, but the Assad regime is once again using chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war.  Reports are that it has dropped chlorine gas on civilians in recent days.  —  Readers will recall that President Obama, working with Vladimir Putin …
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.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Graham threatens to withhold UN funding  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Thursday that he would slash U.S. funding to the United Nations if the body decides to lift its sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear agreement.  —  “Twenty-two percent of the funding for the United Nations comes …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Daily Kos
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: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Interior's new fracking rules get swift GOP backlash
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Huckabee: Obama's “Extraordinary Disdain” For Israel Comes From “Identity With, Sympathy” For Middle East Nations
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Mike Allen / Politico:
Rand Paul: Foreign donations to Clinton Foundation ‘thinly veiled bribes’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Business Insider
Jim Wyatt /
Tommy Smith retiring as Titans CEO
Discussion: ABC News and
Alan Carter / CBS Los Angeles:
Parent Sues LAUSD After Teacher Reportedly Used Racially Charged Comments In Class
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bernie Goldberg to O'Reilly: Let's Face It, Fox ‘Plays Down Conservative Screw-Ups’
George Joseph / The Nation:
9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York's Public Schools—Here's Their Story
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Marc Ambinder apologizes for POLITICO piece
Derek Hunter /
The Circular Firing Squad
Katie Pavlich /
BREAKING: After Scrapping AR-15 Ammo Ban, ATF Director B. Todd Jones Resigning
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Moshe Z. Marvit / The Nation:
These Republicans Want to Take Away Your Weekend