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11:20 AM ET, March 25, 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 …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Cruz signing up for ObamaCare
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Ted Cruz's challenge: The other guys have done things
Rachelle Peterson / The Federalist:
Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn't Needed On Global Warming
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and
Washington Post:
In 2016 campaign, the lament of the not quite rich enough  —  At this point in the 2012 presidential race, Terry Neese was in hot demand.  —  “Gosh, I was hearing from everyone and meeting with everyone,” said Neese, an Oklahoma City entrepreneur and former “Ranger” for President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ABC News
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Jeb Bush's Nightmare Scenario  —  Bush is expected to be a formidable contender for the GOP nomination.  But there are signs that his biography will lead to struggles in the primary's early stages.  —  Talk to enough Republican insiders about the presidential primary field, and you'll get a common sentiment when it comes to Jeb Bush.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Jeb's South Carolina firewall fails to take shape
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video  —  This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University.  —  A video sting operation shows Cornell's assistant dean for students …
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Obama Snubs NATO Chief as Crisis Rages  —  President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won't see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days.  Stoltenberg's office requested a meeting …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings - About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?  —  There was a noticeable shift toward minority castings last season, with more parts opening up to ethnic actors, a casting term used for non-Caucasian thesps.  It was a concerted effort …
Drew Galloway / WHNT-TV:
Photo showing children climbing on Vietnam Women's Memorial goes viral  —  WASHINGTON DC - The nation's capital has many sites that honor the service and sacrifice made by those who served our country.  The Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses.
Discussion: Fox News Insider and FOX31 Denver
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Concern About Environmental Threats Eases  —  Story Highlights  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Americans' concern about several major environmental threats has eased after increasing last year.  As in the past, Americans express the greatest worry about pollution of drinking water …
Discussion: and Washington Post
Alex Wong / National Review:
On Israel and Iran, President Obama Mistakes Friend and Foe  —  Instead of projecting leadership and defending American values, he has withdrawn from the stage or chosen to trust our enemies.  —  A month ago, in a speech to the Chicago Global Forum, I argued that the Obama administration's foreign policy …
Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of July 20 photos  —  Celebrating the Fourth of July - Members of the Old Guard attend the reopening ceremony of the Statue of Liberty, marking the first day it opened to the public after being shuttered by Superstorm Sandy in October.  —  Hide Caption  —  20 of 20
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?
George Sells /
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Look Before Leaping  —  I can think of many good reasons to go ahead with the nuclear deal with Iran, and I can think of just as many reasons not to.  So, if you're confused, let me see if I can confuse you even more.  —  The proposed deal to lift sanctions on Iran …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Zero Hedge
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House  —  Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration  —  WASHINGTON—As the federal government was wrapping up its antitrust investigation of Google Inc., company executives had a flurry of meetings with top officials …
Discussion: The Verge and VodkaPundit
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Dems need a plan B  —  Hillary Clinton has survived the first crisis of her putative 2016 campaign.  She appears to have put Emailgate behind her, either because most people accept her explanation that she chose to use her own private email, rather than the official State Department system …
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New York Times:
In Nuclear Talks, Iran Seeks to Avoid Specifics
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Iran isn't providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says
The Hill:
Sen. Reid gives cold shoulder to Pelosi agreement on Medicare
Discussion: National Journal and Hot Air
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Barney Frank: Joe Biden 'can't keep his mouth shut or his hands to himself'
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate's old guard just says ‘no’ to pot overhaul