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10:35 AM ET, March 24, 2015


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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Rep. Peter King Threatens to Jump Off a Bridge if Cruz Gets GOP Nomination  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN's The Situation Room Monday afternoon and when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” …
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
Ted Cruz Cannot Be Serious  —  The big news of the day is that Senator Ted Cruz is officially running for president.  Not setting up an exploratory committee or any of that perfunctory foreplay, but actually running.  “It is a time for truth.  It is a time for liberty,” he said in a 30-minute speech at, yeah, Liberty University.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul, reacting to Ted Cruz, talks ‘winnability’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Andrew Harnik / Washington Post:
Transcript: Ted Cruz's speech at Liberty University
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.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Orwellian Obama Presidency  —  Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory.  —  The humiliating denouement to America's involvement in Yemen came over the weekend, when U.S. Special Forces were forced to evacuate a base from which they had operated against the local branch of al Qaeda.
Washington Post:
Report: Israel spied on Iran-U.S. talks and shared information with lawmakers  —  Israel obtained sensitive information about the nuclear talks between Iran and the United States and turned it over to members of Congress, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Angelina Jolie Pitt / New York Times:
Diary of a Surgery  —  LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy.  A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene.  It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
America isn't better with ObamaCare  —  It's been five years since the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, was passed and signed into law.  This week, the White House is touting the legislation as a huge success and claiming the country is better off.
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 …
Michael Shnayerson / Politico:
He coulda been a contender  —  The rise and fall of Andrew Cuomo.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  Close up, Andrew Cuomo had his flaws.  But as a newcomer to the national stage, he looked a big winner—and he was.  In just two years, the New York governor had whipped the country's worst-run capital …
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.
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman: President Obama amped up racial tension against me
Jean-Francois Rosnoblet / Reuters:
Germanwings plane crashes in France, up to 150 feared dead  —  (Reuters) - An Airbus plane operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, police and aviation officials said.  —  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls …
Fox News:
No survivors expected after plane carrying 150 crashes in French Alps  —  DEVELOPING: No survivors are expected among the 150 people aboard a passenger plane that went down in the French Alps Tuesday morning, said the French president, who called the crash “a tragedy that has occurred on our land.”
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.
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