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11:10 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.
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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
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 and Hot Air
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
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
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
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Mike Allen / Politico:
Rand Paul: Foreign donations to Clinton Foundation ‘thinly veiled bribes’
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Business Insider
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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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Discussion: Guardian, Common Dreams and Tech Times