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4:45 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 …
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Mark Wilson / National Review:
Of Course Ted Cruz Could Win  —  Columnists and their headline writers have a habit of offering hostages to Fate — e.g., “Let's not even pretend Ted Cruz has a chance of becoming president,” “Let's be serious about Ted Cruz from the start: He's too extreme and too disliked to win,” …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Megyn Kelly presses Ted Cruz: Can you win?
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 …
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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 abc7chicago.com
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.
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ABC News:
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life
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: Booman Tribune
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Richard Hasen / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: A small victory for minority voters, or a case with “profound” constitutional implications?  —  It is easy to read the Supreme Court's five-to-four decision in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama as a mostly inconsequential case giving …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Supreme Court Rules Against Alabama in Redistricting Case
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).
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Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Dems need a plan B
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Chris Sikich / Indianapolis Star:
Disciples of Christ threatens to cancel convention due to religious freedom bill  —  The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence threatening to cancel its 2017 convention in Indianapolis if he signs controversial legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation, Fox 59 and Joe. My. God.
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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 …
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: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
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.
CNN:
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,” …
Politico:
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
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Keith Staskiewicz / EW.com:
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Mohammed Mukhashef / Reuters:
Yemen Houthi militia sweeps toward Aden in threat to president
Manu Raju / Politico:
'You can't govern the country based on being angry'
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
WXIA-TV:
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg Business:
Kraft Will Merge With Heinz in Deal Backed by 3G and Buffett
Discussion: Bloomberg View and euronews
KVUE-TV:
Man says W employee yelled gay slur, threw him to ground
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad News #gay
Drew Galloway / WHNT-TV:
Photo showing children climbing on Vietnam Women's Memorial goes viral