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5:00 AM ET, March 24, 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.
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
After Cruz pledge to repeal ObamaCare, White House asks: Remember Romney?  —  The White House on Monday warned Republican presidential hopefuls that promising to repeal President Obama's signature healthcare reform law is a proven political loser.  —  “There was a presidential candidate …
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Wilson / Glenn Beck:
Ted Cruz called Glenn over the weekend and revealed something Glenn thinks is really important  —  On Friday, Glenn left a cryptic message on his Facebook page.  “Just got a phone call.  Monday is going to be a good day.”  We now know that the phone call was from Ted Cruz and they discussed …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Hillary Clinton meets Barack Obama at the White House  —  No word on whether she came with a ruler to measure the curtains, but Hillary Clinton did meet privately with President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House  —  Clinton was in Washington for an event about the future …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Democrats cheer: Run, Ted, run  —  The launch of Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid Monday has prompted an outpouring of excitement and delight — from Democrats.  —  To liberal activists, the firebrand Texan is much too far to the right for the nation at large and too extreme to even win the Republican nomination.
Discussion: Politico
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Ted Cruz Is Such a Long Shot  —  In nearly every presidential primary, a few candidates attract a lot of news media attention even though they have almost no chance to win the nomination.  Sometimes they even lead national polls or win states, but invariably their appeal is too narrow …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Cruz: I'm a natural born American  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Monday that despite being born in Canada he is still a natural born citizen by birth and qualified to run for president.  —  “I was born in Calgary.  My parents — as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth …
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.
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Goes Birther on Canadian-Born Ted Cruz  —  Donald Trump remains interested in birth certificates.  —  The reality television host, real estate magnate, and serial almost-presidential candidate who repeatedly demanded that President Barack Obama produce proof that he was born in Hawaii …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
What Ted Cruz Would Need to Do to Win
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul, reacting to Ted Cruz, talks ‘winnability’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
First Draft: Ted Cruz Faces More Questions on Canada Roots
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Ted Cruz's new website puts donor credit card information at risk
Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
Israel Spied on Iran Talks  —  Ally's snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal  —  Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran's nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Dershowitz Rips Obama on Iran: Couldn't ‘Negotiate a One-month Lease’  —  Famed defense attorney and retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz ripped President Barack Obama in an address to a conference of pro-Israel activists in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu apologizes to Arabs for voter turnout remark
Discussion: The Week
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Wisconsin Decides Not to Enforce Voter ID Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires prospective voters to provide photo identification before casting their ballots.  —  Officials in Wisconsin said they would not enforce the law …
Ayo and Iken:
An Interview With George Zimmerman - March 2015  —  In an interview conducted in Orlando by Howard Iken, George Zimmerman discusses his viewpoint on events now that the Justice Department has declined to file charges against him  —  Duplication without prior permission prohibited.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Could Liberal Disgust With Campus Brownshirts Be Reaching Critical Mass?  —  You know campus radicalism—the kind that openly oppresses in the name of ending oppression—is going too far when even The Nation magazine takes notice.  Nation writer Michelle Goldberg reports about the case …
Josh Blackman / Josh Blackman's Blog:
Justice Kennedy Discusses Gridlock During Hill Testimony.  Yes, there is a King v. Burwell connection  —  During his annual visit across First Street, Justice Kennedy weighed in on one of our favorite topics-the relationship between judicial review and gridlock.
Discussion: and Power Line
Harriet Alexander / Telegraph:
Argentine archaeologists find secret Nazi lair in jungle  —  Stone structures in the remote region of Misiones are thought to be the ruins of a hideout build by Nazis, in case their leaders needed to flee Germany  —  A team of Argentine archaeologists investigating a series of ruins in the jungle …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Tea Party could burn its own base on Medicare  —  How much pain will far-right conservatives cause the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill before Congress reaches a deal to fix this year's Medicare funding shortfall?  —  The Tea Party caucus has a lot more skin in this game than in earlier funding fights.
Adam Ozimek / Forbes:
Dirty Energy Taxes And Clean Energy Innovation  —  I am and have long been an unabashed advocate of carbon taxes and gas taxes, but... I have a concern that not enough attention is being paid to the innovation function for clean energy.  Right now clean energy prices are marching steadily downward …
P. J. O'Rourke / The Daily Beast:
Don't You Forget About Me: The John Hughes I Knew  —  To mark the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, P.J. O'Rourke remembers the wit, wisdom, and politics of his friend John Hughes.  —  Somehow—while we Senior Teens in our forties, fifties and sixties weren't paying attention …
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Rahm Emanuel / Salon:
Why the left hates this man: Rahm Emanuel's sins against the progressive movement
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Huffington Post
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Clinton's scandals and Warren's opening
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Hill
Indianapolis Star:
Last Slide  —  Controversial religious freedom legislation …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Journalists have to decide what to do about candidates who are climate change denialists
Discussion: The Mahablog
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Here are the first lawsuits to challenge the FCC's net neutrality rules
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Kathleen Miller / Bloomberg Business:
Loretta Lynch Senate Confirmation Vote Seen Delayed Until Mid-April
Discussion: Moe Lane
Fox News:
‘Kill the Jews!’: New fears stoked as drunken mob attacks London synagogue
Discussion: BizPac Review
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Dustin Volz / National Journal:
Oil Giant BP Drops Membership With ALEC
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Documents Reveal Canada's Secret Hacking Tactics
Discussion: Business Insider and Common Dreams
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
High school accused of massive grade-fixing scheme
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
Discussion: BizPac Review and Raw Story
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Any Republicans who vote against higher defense spending should be fired