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11:10 AM ET, March 22, 2015


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Theodore Schleifer / Houston Chronicle:
Ted Cruz to announce presidential bid Monday  —  Senator will be first declared GOP candidate  —  Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president of the United States, accelerating his already rapid three-year rise from a tea party insurgent in Texas into a divisive political force in Washington.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
What makes the dark horses run?  —  The potential 2016 presidential field is a long list full of long shots.  —  Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), has said he is “very seriously” considering a bid.  —  Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appears to be mulling a challenge …
Democrats need Elizabeth Warren's voice in 2016 presidential race  —  Why Senator Warren should campaign to be president  —  DEMOCRATS WOULD be making a big mistake if they let Hillary Clinton coast to the presidential nomination without real opposition, and, as a national leader …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Times:
Chicago Mayor's Race Is Cast as a Test of Liberalism
Discussion: Liberaland
Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel  —  (Reuters) - Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its “brothers residing in America” to kill them.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website  —  WASHINGTON — In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State has called on its members and sympathizers in the United States to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website.
Luis Martinez / ABC News:   Purported ISIS Group Posts Personal Details of 100 U.S. Military Service Members
Judith Shulevitz / New York Times:
In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas  —  KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown University and a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Israel: Beware of Obama  —  First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems want to empower Boehner  —  House Democrats fighting for leverage in the GOP Congress are hoping they can empower an unlikely ally: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  —  Democrats are outnumbered by more than 50 members - and have almost no power to bring bills to the floor.
The Hill:   Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Details His Disappointment With Netanyahu In First Post-Election Comments  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is operating under the assumption that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not support the creation of a Palestinian state, despite the Israeli leader's post-election efforts …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
King: 'I don't understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second'
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Hullabaloo
Mike Allen / Politico:
TED CRUZ summons reporters for Mon. speech - RAND PAUL: Clinton Foundation should return donations from Saudi Arabia: ‘thinly veiled bribes’ — POTUS at niece's NCAA game — B'DAY: Ken Spain  —  By Mike Allen (@mikeallen;, with Daniel Lippman (@dlippman;
The Times of Israel:
Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal  —  Day after Obama urges Iran to seize ‘historic opportunity,’ supreme leader says US seeks to create insecurity  —  Iran's Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Mayoral Candidate Apologizes For Performing In Black Face  —  Oklahoma mayoral candidate Bill Helton dressed as “Pollyester Kotton.”  —  CREDIT: Screenshot  —  A white mayoral candidate in Oklahoma is apologizing to voters after videos surfaced of him wearing black face and performing …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Kristen Shanahan / KFOR-TV:
Controversy surrounds Elk City mayoral candidate for dressing as a black woman
Discussion: Raw Story
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Petraeus: Iran a greater threat to Iraq than ISIS  —  Retired Gen. David Petraeus says that Iranian-backed Shiite militias pose a greater threat to Iraq's long-term peace and security than the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  —  “The current Iranian regime is not our ally in the Middle East.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Mitchell Prothero / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State stalled by heavy casualties, discord
Discussion: Progress Pond
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Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Solar eclipse: schoolchildren banned from watching on ‘religious and cultural’ grounds
James Lindgren / SSRN:
Measuring Diversity: Law Faculties in 1997 and 2013
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
12-Year-Old Girl Accused of Trying to Poison Mother for Taking Away iPhone
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Liberaland
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Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Bundyville coming to Carson City
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley steps up Wall Street critique in swing through Iowa
The Hill:
Senate GOP punts on Medicare reform
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
20 Republicans who are gearing up to run for president
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog