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4:35 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 …
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.
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: and Ed Driscoll
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz: I Started Listening To Country Music Because Of 9/11 (VIDEO)
Discussion: Hit & Run, Slate and Mediaite
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 …
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?
Fox News Insider:
Megyn to Rand Paul: Why Weren't You First to Announce a 2016 Run?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and OnPolitics
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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner ‘baffled’ by Israeli spying report
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
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. to Delay Pullout of Troops From Afghanistan to Aid Strikes  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama's decision to maintain troop levels in Afghanistan through 2015 is partly designed to bolster American counterterrorism efforts in that country, including the Central Intelligence Agency's ability …
Mary Bruce / ABC News:
President Obama Announces Slowdown of Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan
Discussion: Associated Press
Philip Ewing / Politico:
Obama to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2015
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Coats retirement in Indiana shakes up 2016 battle for Senate  —  Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Tuesday announced that he will not run for reelection in 2016.  —  “Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate,” Coats said in a statement.  “This was not an easy decision.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Dems see glimmer of hope in Dan Coats' retirement
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Washington Post:
Report: Va. governor received special treatment from Homeland Security  —  The now-No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security intervened on behalf of politically connected favor seekers — including Democrat Terry McAuliffe not long before he was elected Virginia governor …
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 …
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
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Dan Balz, Washington Post chief correspondent, wins Toner Prize
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Ferguson and Benghazi's troubling parallels  —  Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi.  It is more of a cause than a place, more of an ideological statement than an incident.  Ferguson was not the racist murder it was thought to be, and Benghazi was not an incident in which the Obama …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Washington Post Columnist Declares Ferguson Is The ‘Liberal Benghazi’
Iraq request for U.S.-led Tikrit air strikes ‘imminent’: diplomat  —  (Reuters) - Iraq's request to the U.S.-led coalition for air strikes in the campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents is “imminent”, a senior diplomat from a Western nation that is part of the coalition told Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: NPR
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Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack's Bankruptcy Could Give Your Customer Data to the Highest Bidder
Discussion: The Verge, Consumerist and PandoDaily
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
Discussion: Althouse
James Hohmann / Politico:
Jeb's South Carolina firewall fails to take shape
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Russia's return to Nicaragua worrying many in Central America
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Bart Bedsole / KAJA-TV:
TAMUCC students appalled at racial slurs found inside apartment
Discussion: Addicting Info and Raw Story
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Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Here's How $20 Oil Could Become a Reality If Storage Runs Out
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Yahoo Politics:
Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe
Helena Andrews / Washington Post:
The White House head florist is gone and rumors are flying about why