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11:50 AM 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.
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
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
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: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Daily Mail:
Jackie Mason bashes Obama on Israel: 'It's certainly hard to tell which side he's on ... You don't hear him attacking Hamas half as much as he is attacking Bibi'  — The US president, he claims, believes 'there's no reason why they shouldn't be given a chance to operate'
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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: CANNONFIRE and Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds argue they had no duty under FOIA to search Hillary Clinton's emails
Discussion: Business Insider
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
Steve King: I Don't Get How U.S. Jews ‘Can Be Democrats First and Jewish Second’  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) rebuked Jewish Democrats who support President Barack Obama's policies toward Israel, saying he doesn't understand how American Jews “can be Democrats first and Jewish second.”
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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” …
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 …
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Ted Cruz Plans ‘Important Speech’ in Virginia  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's political operation appears to be strongly encouraging attendance by the media at an event in Lynchburg, Va., Monday for what's being billed as “an important speech.”  —  Aides to the Texas Republican, who has been contemplating …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Los Angeles Times:
FBI: ‘Community deserves answers,’ in hanging of Mississippi black man
Discussion: Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Josh Barro / New York Times:
Can Washington's Gift Economy in Marijuana Work?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Role of Hillary Clinton's brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and RedState
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Graham threatens to withhold UN funding
Discussion: Daily Kos and Bloomberg Business
Mike Allen / Politico:
Rand Paul: Foreign donations to Clinton Foundation ‘thinly veiled bribes’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: I Signed Cotton Letter to Help Obama ‘Negotiate from a Position of Strength’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Source: Resigning Rep. Schock under investigation by Justice
Discussion: CNN and PoliticusUSA
George Joseph / The Nation:
9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York's Public Schools—Here's Their Story