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5:45 PM ET, March 24, 2015


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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Ted Cruz to sign up for government health care  —  Ted Cruz, one of the loudest critics of Obamacare, will soon be using it for health insurance coverage.  —  “We will presumably go on the exchange and sign up for health care and we're in the process of transitioning over to do that,” Cruz …
Ted Cruz going on Obamacare  —  Ted Cruz says he will enroll in Obamacare 01:47  —  (CNN)Ted Cruz is going on Obamacare.  —  The newly announced Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday that he will sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act — a law he has been on a crusade to kill.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Started Listening To Country Music Because Of 9/11 (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run, Slate and Mediaite
Michael J Moore / Bloomberg Business:
Cruz's Wife Heidi to Take Unpaid Leave From Goldman
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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner ‘baffled’ by Israeli spying report  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday he was “shocked” and “baffled” by reports the Israeli government had spied on sensitive U.S.-Iran nuclear talks and passed information to members of Congress to whip up opposition to a potential deal.
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 …
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
What If Sarah Palin Were a Brain Surgeon?  —  Until two years ago, Ben Carson was a mild-mannered neurosurgeon—a hero to black America, the subject of a tender made-for-TV movie.  Then he started raving about Nazis and America's demise.  Now he's the Tea Party's great White House hope—and the GOP's worst nightmare.
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Washington Post Columnist Declares Ferguson Is The ‘Liberal Benghazi’  —  Liberals have found an ideological bugaboo on par with Benghazi in the Michael Brown shooting, according to Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen.  —  “Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi,” Cohen wrote in a column published Monday night.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ferguson and Benghazi's troubling parallels
Reports: MSM Reporters Give Hillary Clinton Standing Ovation after She Takes No Questions, Jokes about Email Scandal  —  On Monday evening, mainstream media reporters reportedly gave Hillary Clinton a standing ovation after she joked about her private email scandal and took no questions …
Emily Schultheis / National Journal:
Hillary Clinton Offers the Media an Olive Branch—and a Lecture
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Clinton Jokes About Private Email and ‘Complicated’ Press Relationship
Discussion: Politico and FishbowlDC
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems see glimmer of hope in Dan Coats' retirement  —  Indiana Sen. Dan Coats' announcement on Tuesday that he will not seek another term has heartened Democrats who now see a slight chance to pick off a red-state Senate seat in 2016.  —  At the top of Democrats' wish list is former Sen. Evan Bayh …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Abdul Hakim-Shabazz / IndyPolitics.Org:
Coats Not Running for Re-Election
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Phil Robertson Hypothesizes About Atheist Family Getting Raped And Killed  —  On Friday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles aired a speech that Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty delivered at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast earlier that day, in which Robertson offered gruesome details about how an atheist father …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Jeb's South Carolina firewall fails to take shape  —  His reservoir of support is neither as wide nor as deep as he might have hoped.  —  GREENVILLE, S.C.— Twice before, South Carolina has delivered for the Bush family.  In 1988, it famously served as George H.W. Bush's firewall after he finished third in Iowa.
Discussion: US News
Rachelle Peterson / The Federalist:
Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn't Needed On Global Warming  —  Is it morally permissible to allow “climate deniers” to appear in print and televised media?  —  Columbia University journalism students wrestled with this question recently at a screening of the new documentary, “Merchants of Doubt.”
Beka Economopoulos / The Natural History Museum:
An Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community  —  To Museums of Science and Natural History:  —  As members of the scientific community we devote our lives to understanding the world, and sharing this understanding with the public.  We are deeply concerned …
New York Times:
U.S. Agrees to Slow Pullout of Troops From Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The United States will halt the withdrawal of 9,800 troops from Afghanistan, half of whom were scheduled to leave in the months ahead, and instead keep them in the country through the end of 2015.
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, USA Today and KFOR-TV
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Here's How $20 Oil Could Become a Reality If Storage Runs Out  —  The looming storage crisis explained … There's the makings of a crisis swirling in America's oil-storage tanks, and the next few months will determine whether it's a minor annoyance, or a major blow, to U.S. oil.
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
Dem Rep Rips Breitbart Editor as ‘Orthodox’ Jew at Anti-Israel Convention  —  Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), speaking on Monday at the 2015 J Street convention, praised the far left “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” organization for backing her 2010 re-election campaign against Joel Pollak …
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Kristin Davis / Air Force Times:
Vet searches for Katrina victim in iconic photo
Discussion: WGN-TV and FOX31 Denver
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate's old guard just says ‘no’ to pot overhaul
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Post
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Russia's return to Nicaragua worrying many in Central America
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Business Insider
Bart Bedsole / KAJA-TV:
TAMUCC students appalled at racial slurs found inside apartment
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Caught Between Dueling Forces on Education: Teachers and Wealthy Donors
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
MSNBC Pundit Speculates Jet Crashed In France Because Of ‘Hacking’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Video of White House Incident Released
Discussion: Politico
Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
The Wrong Time to Coddle
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Discussion: UPI and Hullabaloo
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Supreme Court Justices Blast The Corrections System
Discussion: Eschaton
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
America isn't better with ObamaCare