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10:15 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 …
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CNN:
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.
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
On Global Warming, Ted Cruz Says He's Galileo, Not a Flat-Earther  —  The Texas senator is not a believer in man-made climate change.  —  The similarities between Texas Senator Ted Cruz and 16th-century astronomer Galileo Galilei are remarkable, according to Cruz.
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and Raw Story
Caleb Bonham / Campus Reform:
Prof: Ted Cruz and Republicans are resurrecting ‘discrimination’  — “Politics of the 1960s to Now” is a class taught by Prof. Chris Hamilton, a two-time Fulbright Scholar at Washburn University.  — According to a student, Prof. Hamilton's course claims that Ted Cruz …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cruz Candidacy  —  Ideology aside, the Republican is similar in many ways to Obama.  —  Can a smart, articulate, 40-something first term Senator trained in constitutional law, who disdains his colleagues and lacks executive experience, make the leap to the White House?
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Started Listening To Country Music Because Of 9/11 (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run, Slate and Mediaite
Fox News Insider:
Megyn to Rand Paul: Why Weren't You First to Announce a 2016 Run?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and OnPolitics
George Sells / FOX2now.com:
Man kicked off Southwest flight over language on t-shirt … ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - A New York college student found himself stranded in St. Louis, Monday after being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight that wasn't even supposed to land here.  The conflict raises a classic first amendment debate …
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,” …
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Adam Entous / Wall Street Journal:
Israel Spied on Iran Talks
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.
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Imagines Vivid Rape And Murder Scenario For Atheist Family  —  “Duck Dynasty” star and conservative icon Phil Robertson told a gruesome, vivid story on Friday about the hypothetical rape and murder of a family to illustrate the perils of atheism, according to audio surfaced by Right Wing Watch.
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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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 …
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.
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ferguson and Benghazi's troubling parallels
BREITBART.COM:
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 …
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Emily Schultheis / National Journal:
Hillary Clinton Offers the Media an Olive Branch—and a Lecture
Indianapolis Star:
Gen Con threatens to move convention if Gov. Mike Pence signs religious freedom bill  —  The organizers of Gen Con, the city's largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs controversial religious freedom legislation …
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.”
Discussion: BarbWire.com and Ed Driscoll
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
President Obama Announces Slowdown of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan … President Obama has agreed, at Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's request, to slow the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, leaving 9,800 in place through 2015.  —  “This flexibility reflects …
Discussion: abc7chicago.com
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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 …
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
 
 
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Reuters:
Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes ‘imminent’: diplomat
Discussion: NPR
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack's Bankruptcy Could Give Your Customer Data to the Highest Bidder
Discussion: Consumerist, PandoDaily and The Verge
Nick Gass / Politico:
Barney Frank: Joe Biden 'can't keep his mouth shut or his hands to himself'
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
Dem Rep Rips Breitbart Editor as ‘Orthodox’ Jew at Anti-Israel Convention
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Here's How $20 Oil Could Become a Reality If Storage Runs Out
Discussion: KFOR-TV
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
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Supreme Court Justices Blast The Corrections System
Discussion: Eschaton
Craig Giammona / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: FOX31 Denver, USA Today and KFOR-TV
New York Times:
Facebook May Host News Sites' Content
Angelina Jolie Pitt / New York Times:
Diary of a Surgery  —  LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote …