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1:40 PM 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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Ted Cruz to Announce on Monday He Plans to Run for President  —  Senator Ted Cruz will declare on Monday that he will run for president in 2016, making him the first major hopeful to formally enter the race.  —  Mr. Cruz, Republican of Texas, will make his announcement at Liberty University in Virginia …
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 …
Anna Galland /
Elizabeth Warren, run for the White House  —  Why Senator Warren should campaign to be president  —  LESS THAN three years into her Senate term, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has established herself as the country's leading advocate for working and middle-class families.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Reaction
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   What makes the dark horses run?
Evan Bleier For / Reuters:
‘Behead them in their own homes’: ISIS publishes ‘kill list’ online of names, photos and addresses of 100 US military members  —  A division of ISIS published a ‘kill list’ containing the names, photos and addresses of 100 US military members online and called upon its ‘brothers residing in America’ to kill them.
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: ABC, The PJ Tatler and The Daily Caller
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.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
McCain Blasts Obama on Israel: ‘Get Over Your Temper Tantrum’  —  John McCain slammed President Obama on Israel on CNN's State of the Union this morning, telling the president to “get over your temper tantrum” with Benjamin Netanyahu because “the least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign.”
Discussion: Israel Matzav and FOX News Radio
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Can Israel remain a democracy?  —  Eleven years ago, I carried my infant daughter into a synagogue basement and plunged her tiny body, head to toe, underwater.  —  She emerged sputtering and coughing, then wailing.  The procedure, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath called a mikvah, felt barbaric.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Details His Disappointment With Netanyahu In First Post-Election Comments
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
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Chris Wallace Grills CIA Head: Why Won't You Call ISIS ‘Islamic Extremists’?  —  For months now, the Obama administration has made it very clear that they have no intention of referring to ISIS as “Islamic extremists.”  President Obama has rejected that label, and so has CIA Director John Brennan.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jeb Bush's Team Plots Vast Effort to Win Florida
Mike Allen / Politico:
TED CRUZ summons reporters for Mon. speech …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
New York Times:
Chicago Mayor's Race Is Cast as a Test of Liberalism
Discussion: Liberaland
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Solar eclipse: schoolchildren banned from watching on ‘religious and cultural’ grounds
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Mayoral Candidate Apologizes For Performing In Black Face
Discussion: Raw Story and KFOR-TV
 Earlier Items: 
James Lindgren / SSRN:
Measuring Diversity: Law Faculties in 1997 and 2013
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Petraeus: Iran a greater threat to Iraq than ISIS
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
12-Year-Old Girl Accused of Trying to Poison Mother for Taking Away iPhone
Discussion: Liberaland and Scared Monkeys
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Bundyville coming to Carson City
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
20 Republicans who are gearing up to run for president
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog