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8:05 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
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 …
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
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. …
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
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Here's The Full Transcript Of Obama's Interview With HuffPost  —  President Barack Obama sat down with The Huffington Post's Sam Stein for an interview on Friday, discussing everything from sequestration, the Iran nuclear talks and presidential pardons, to overtime pay, athletic scholarships and sleep.
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 …
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.
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
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
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Bundyville coming to Carson City  —  It's a Michele Fiore & Friends and Bundy Family reunion!  —  Mark your calendars for March 31, when an Assembly committee will hear a bill sponsored by Cliven Bundy's biggest supporter, Fiore, and 14 other members of the GOP Ass.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Iranian president Rouhani: Final nuclear deal possible
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
As tech giant calls for more foreign workers, Senate hears of displaced Americans
Discussion: National Review
Katie Pavlich /
By The Way, ICE Just Released 30,558 More Violent Criminal Illegal Aliens Onto American Streets
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The federal health care law: What came true and what didn't
Discussion: Liberal Values and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
For 2016 Run, Scott Walker Washes ‘Wiscahnsin’ Out of His Mouth
Discussion: Althouse and Prairie Weather
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