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3:35 PM ET, March 23, 2015


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David McCabe / The Hill:
Cruz made 2016 announcement speech without a teleprompter  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made his speech announcing that he would run for the presidency without the assistance of a teleprompter, his spokesman said Monday.  —  Cruz delivered his roughly half-hour announcement speech at evangelical Liberty University in Virginia.
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Ted Cruz Has Skeptics at Liberty, and They Use Yik Yak  —  From Yik Yak to Facebook, Cruz skeptics speak out.  —  Announcing his presidential bid at Liberty University is giving Ted Cruz something that some candidates dream of: A massive crowd that has to be there.
New York Times:
Ted Cruz Becomes First Major Candidate to Announce Presidential Bid for 2016  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. — Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Monday formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, promising a campaign that would be about “re-igniting the promise of America.”
Andrew Harnik / Washington Post:
Transcript: Ted Cruz's speech at Liberty University  —  Here is a running transcript of Ted Cruz's address at Liberty University in which he officially announced his 2016 presidential bid.  —  CRUZ: Good to see you.  —  Thank you.  (APPLAUSE)  —  Thank you so much, President Falwell.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Fellow Texan John Cornyn won't back Ted Cruz in presidential primary  —  Sen. Rand Paul may have fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell's support for his likely 2016 presidential bid.  But Sen. Ted Cruz won't have his senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn, behind him.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kay Steiger / ThinkProgress:   Ted Cruz Just Laid Out The Most Anti-Woman Agenda Yet
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Am THE Conservative Candidate For President
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Ted Cruz's new website puts donor credit card information at risk
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns  —  WASHINGTON — It was a grueling hearing.  A month after the September 2012 attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, House Republicans grilled a top State Department official about security lapses at the outpost.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Netanyahu pollster: Obama role in election larger than reported  —  President Obama's role during the Israeli elections was larger than reported, according to a pollster for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.  —  “What was not well reported in the American media …
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu apologizes to Arabs for voter turnout remark  —  Prime minister says he never intended to offend when he warned the public that Arabs were ‘voting in droves,’ but Joint List rejects move  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday apologized to the Arab citizens of Israel …
Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu apologizes to Arab Israelis for Election Day remarks
Discussion: Politico, BuzzFeed and Mediaite
Nick Gass / Politico:
Benjamin Netanyahu scores majority needed to form government
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Wisconsin Voter-ID Law Stands as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal  —  (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Wisconsin to implement a voter-identification law that opponents say is one of the strictest in the nation.  —  Rejecting without comment an appeal by civil rights groups …
Discussion: USA Today, PoliticusUSA and RedState
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Supreme Court declines to take up Wisconsin voter ID case
New York Times:
Clean Air Act and Dirty Coal at the Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Post
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Reconsidering My August Post on Ferguson and ‘Conflicting Accounts’  —  In the heat of a very hot news moment last summer, I criticized a Times story about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.  —  Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I want to acknowledge that I misjudged an important element of that story.
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Obamacare is 5 years old, and Americans are still worried about death panels  —  When Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, they knew it wasn't popular — poll after poll showed pluralities, if not majorities, opposed to the legislation after the bruising national fight that led to its passage.
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
(Not So) Happy Anniversary, Obamacare!
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Why this scandal won't hurt Hillary  —  History show us that presidential candidates tend to weather controversy better than senators and congressmen.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  Admit it: You love a juicy scandal.  We claim to be high-minded and policy-oriented, but our noses are buried …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Jeb's talk radio problem
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
ABC News:
PHOTOS  —  ... and other souvenirs.  Nearby are exhibits about ramen in Europe , regional ramen around Japan and historic ramen-making ..... search of ramen's origins.  " The food stands include Italian pasta, Vietnamese pho, and dishes from Kazakhstan , China ...
Discussion: Associated Press and
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Rolling Stone to Publish Review of Disputed Rape Article  —  Rolling Stone magazine plans to publish an external review of a widely disputed article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia “in the next couple of weeks,” its managing editor, Will Dana, said on Sunday.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida's Patrick Murphy running for Marco Rubio's Senate seat  —  Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy formally announced his campaign for Senate on Monday, saying he's ready to fight for the highly competitive seat regardless of whether or not Marco Rubio runs for reelection.
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Any Republicans who vote against higher defense spending should be fired  —  Let's talk a bit about which House Republican incumbents are going to draw primary opponents in 2016.  Make a note: Those GOP representatives who vote against upping Pentagon spending this week are at the top of a list …
Stephen Rex Brown / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: L.I. woman says psych ward doctors believed she was delusional for insisting Obama follows her on Twitter  —  #IMNOTCRAZY!  —  A Long Island woman's insistence that President Obama follows her on Twitter made doctors at the Harlem Hospital psych ward think she was delusional …
Discussion: Raw Story and BizPac Review
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Gunman Shot Dead Inside West Philadelphia Barbershop
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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
‘In Islam, they are all rotten apples’: Ex-Muslim's call for religion's reboot
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Jawa Report
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Daily Caller Blogger Criticizes Fox ‘Monopoly’ On Conservative TV News (VIDEO)
Discussion: CNN
Lev Tsitrin / American Thinker:
Obama is enraged - by Netanyahu quoting Kerry
Discussion: Israel Matzav and New York Post
Donna Rachel Edmunds / BREITBART.COM:
Kurdish ‘Fighters’ Kick Islamists Off London Street
“They made it crystal clear that the ask was from Hillary”: Inside the Clinton fundraising machine …
Derrick Rose / WHAS-TV:
Encounter with officer ends in tears, smiles and viral photo
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Boehner eyes ‘doc fix’ breakthrough