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3:55 PM ET, March 25, 2015


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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Wants You To Believe He's Legally Required To Sign Up For Obamacare.  He's Not.  —  Newly-minted presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that he would grudgingly sign up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, just one day after announcing …
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR, and The Daily Caller
Nick Gass / Politico:
Megyn Kelly presses Ted Cruz: Can you win?  —  Ted Cruz is no Barack Obama, he wants Americans to know.  —  The Texas senator told Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night that no one would mistake him for a Senate backbencher, like the current president.  —  Story Continued Below
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Unhappy With a Moderate Jeb Bush, Conservatives Aim to Unite Behind an Alternative
Discussion: New York Times and Hullabaloo
Ronnie Greene / Associated Press:
Jeb Bush Had Another Email Account While Florida Governor
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Bowe Bergdahl, once missing U.S. soldier, charged with desertion  —  Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, according to his lawyer.
ABC News:
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rules against Alabama redistricting plan  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with black challengers who said Alabama's redistricting plan improperly relied on race to draw legislative districts.  —  The court voted 5 to 4 to send the plan back for further judicial review.
Discussion: Political Wire and Booman Tribune
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Supreme Court Rules Against Alabama in Redistricting Case
Richard Hasen / SCOTUSblog:   Opinion analysis: A small victory for minority voters, or a case with “profound” constitutional implications?
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton hit with racketeering lawsuit over emails  —  The conservative group Freedom Watch has filed a racketeering lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Dems need a plan B
Discussion: VodkaPundit and BREITBART.COM
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 …
Warren Rojas / Roll Call:
Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ (Video)  —  Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.  —  A HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the D.C. delegate, 77, awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot …
Tunisian town near ‘Star Wars’ backdrop now features in battle against ISIS  —  How ISIS is taking advantage of Tunisia's democracy 01:29  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine were once the backdrop for the movie “Star Wars,” …
Bloomberg Business:
Kraft Will Merge With Heinz in Deal Backed by 3G and Buffett  —  (Bloomberg) — Kraft Foods Group Inc. will merge with H.J. Heinz in a deal orchestrated by 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., creating the third-largest food and beverage company in North America.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and euronews
PR Newswire:
H.J. Heinz Company And Kraft Foods Group Sign Definitive Merger Agreement To Form The Kraft Heinz Company
CBS Sacramento:
Researchers Predict ‘Imminent Collapse’ Of Universe After Period Of Rapid Expansion  —  Davis, Calif. (CBS SACRAMENTO) - Physicists predict the universe is primed for a “cosmological collapse” that will cause the universe to stop expanding at its current rate and ultimately collapse in on itself to wipe away all known matter.
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 …
Why the ‘hell no’ caucus is saying ‘yes’ to the budget  —  House conservatives found their way to a deal after getting in on the process.  —  Led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), conservatives had many conversations with Price, budget committee staffers and within their own caucus to bring their members to a “yes.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
Keith Staskiewicz /
FIRST LOOK: JESSE EISENBERG AS LEX LUTHOR IN BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE  —  The mark of a good villain is how he knows to stop monologuing before he gives away too much of his plan.  That's also the mark of a good superhero-franchise director.  Details on Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman …
Discussion: Mashable, The Verge, The Week and Polygon
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman bungles ObamaCare math  —  In an apparent miscalculation, House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) claimed Tuesday that ObamaCare will cost $5 million per person.  —  Precisely how Sessions arrived at that calculation during House floor debate on the budget is unclear.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators oppose amendment on Obama budget  —  Senators on Tuesday opposed an amendment that would have swapped out the Republican budget with the one rolled out by President Obama earlier this year.  —  The amendment failed by a 1-98 vote, with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) voting for the amendment.
Discussion: American Spectator
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Half of ObamaCare subsidy recipients will owe on their taxes  —  Half of all households that received ObamaCare tax credits last year will likely owe money to the federal government, a new study found.  —  Nearly all families that received tax credits will either owe money or receive extra money …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
'You can't govern the country based on being angry'
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Man shot dead by police had history of assaulting cops
Discussion: Shakesville and Addicting Info
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Hires Firm in Possible Presidential Run Ramp-Up
Lisa Rapaport / Reuters:
Even In Nursing, Women Are Paid Less Than Men
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Man says W employee yelled gay slur, threw him to ground
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad News #gay
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