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6:00 PM ET, March 21, 2015


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The Hill:
Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner  —  Conservatives are seething after an outside group aligned with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting a trio of Republican lawmakers over threats to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
King: 'I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second'  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Steve King suggested Friday that some American Jews feel like “Democrats first and Jewish second.”  —  “Here is what I don't understand, I don't understand how Jews in America …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Hullabaloo
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 …
Kristen Shanahan / KFOR-TV:
Controversy surrounds Elk City mayoral candidate for dressing as a black woman  —  ELK CITY, Okla. - An Elk City mayoral candidate is at the center of controversy after several YouTube videos were shared around town.  —  In the video, Bill Helton, an Elk City commissioner and mayoral candidate …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
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 and Hot Air
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Learn to Play Hardball
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
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
20 Republicans who are gearing up to run for president  —  Get ready for the largest GOP presidential field in recent history.  —  As many as 20 Republicans are taking a serious look at running for the White House in 2016.  A handful of candidates have moved aggressively into the field …
The Hill:
Senate GOP punts on Medicare reform  —  Facing a difficult election map in 2016, Senate Republicans are steering clear of entitlement reform changes that their House counterparts are demanding.  —  Republicans in both chambers unveiled budgets earlier this week, with an eye towards negotiating a single fiscal plan in April.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley steps up Wall Street critique in swing through Iowa  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley stepped up his critique of Wall Street excesses here Friday as he began his first swing through Iowa this year with a populist speech to an enthusiastic crowd of close to 300 people attending a Democratic dinner.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Des Moines Register:
Prevent another crash, reform Wall Street
Discussion: Washington Times
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: Israel Matzav, NBC News and NPR
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
Katie Pavlich /
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
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
No Peace Any Time Soon, but Not Because of Bibi
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
As tech giant calls for more foreign workers, Senate hears of displaced Americans
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
France Takes Toughest Line at Iran Nuclear Talks
The federal health care law: What came true and what didn't
Discussion: Daily Kos
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
For 2016 Run, Scott Walker Washes ‘Wiscahnsin’ Out of His Mouth
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
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: Liberaland
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Assad crosses Obama's imaginary red line
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
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: Bloomberg Business and Daily Kos