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12:15 PM ET, March 24, 2015


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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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
James Baker blasts Benjamin Netanyahu  —  “His actions have not matched his rhetoric,” says the former secretary of state.  —  It's not just Democrats and White House officials who've got problems with Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Blasting “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship,” …
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.
Avi Issacharoff / The Times of Israel:
Official: White House was part of bid to oust Netanyahu  —  Senior Jerusalem source says administration wanted ‘revenge’ over Congress speech; declares no Palestinian state ‘in our generation’  —  The White House was directly involved in an attempt to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
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.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Started Listening To Country Music Because Of 9/11 (VIDEO)  —  Leaving no political stone unturned, newly-declared presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a very particular answer on Tuesday when asked about his taste in music.  —  “You know, music is interesting,” he said on CBS “This Morning.”
Discussion: Mediaite
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Ted Cruz blitzes the morning shows after big announcement
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Cruz: I'm a natural born American
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
What Ted Cruz Would Need to Do to Win
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Ted Cruz Is Such a Long Shot
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul, reacting to Ted Cruz, talks ‘winnability’
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg Business
Helena Andrews / Washington Post:
The White House head florist is gone and rumors are flying about why  —  When White House chief pastry chef Bill Yosses left the executive mansion last summer, the president publicly mourned the loss of “the crust master's” mysteriously addictive pies.  And when the first family's personal chef and pal …
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?
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Hillary Clinton meets Barack Obama at the White House
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.
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 …
Craig Giammona / Bloomberg Business:
Taco Bell Introduces Breakfast Biscuits in Bid for Morning Sales  —  (Bloomberg) — Taco Bell is sticking with the playbook that helped it muscle into the breakfast business last year: Take a breakfast sandwich, and put it in a taco.  —  The fast-food chain will introduce a new line of Biscuit Tacos …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver, KFOR-TV and USA Today
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Wrong Time to Coddle  —  Our classrooms have become more and more like cocoons just as the real world has become harsher.  A piece in the NYT this weekend highlighted how sensitive students have become to anything that challenges their beliefs or makes them uncomfortable—and how far colleges have gone to accommodate them.
Discussion: Power Line, Hit & Run and CBS Boston
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Hillary Clinton seeks clean slate with press  —  Weeks after being dogged by accusations of secrecy, Hillary Clinton told journalists Monday that she wanted “a new relationship with the press.”  —  Speaking at a dinner in honor of veteran Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Supreme Court Justices Blast The Corrections System
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Tea Party could burn its own base on Medicare
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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