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8:50 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 …
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
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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion and Misbehavior Before the Enemy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:   Supreme Court Rules Against Alabama in Redistricting Case
Warren Rojas / Roll Call:
Congresswoman Demonstrates ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’ (Video)  —  Updated 5:02 p.m. |  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 …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Tucker Carlson's Brother: De Blasio Spokesperson A “Self-Righteous Bitch”  —  Accidental reply-all: Buckley Carlson says mayor's spokesperson has “extreme dick-fright” in email she received.  —  Brendan Hoffman / Getty  —  WASHINGTON — Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson's brother Buckley Carlson referred …
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.
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris:
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Statement on Proposed Ballot Initiative  —  Contact: (415) 703-5837,  —  LOS ANGELES - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued the following statement on her decision to file an action for declaratory relief seeking …
CBO's Publications:
H.R. 2, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015  —  Cost Estimate and Supplemental Analyses for H.R. 2, as posted on the website of the House Committee on Rules on March 24, 2015.  —  Over the 2015-2025 period, CBO estimates, enacting H.R. 2 would increase both direct spending …
SGR Bill Would Add $500 Billion to Long-Term Debt
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).
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit for First Time  —  BAGHDAD — American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, entering a struggling Iraqi offensive to retake the city for the first time after more than three weeks of remaining on the sidelines.
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France  —  PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit …
Manu Raju / Politico:
'You can't govern the country based on being angry'  —  Lindsey Graham's unorthodox 2016 strategy: Telling Republicans what they don't want to hear.  —  Ted Cruz vows to repeal “every word” of Obamacare and Common Core if he becomes president.  He would “abolish” the IRS …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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 …
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘60 Minutes’ under fire for Africa coverage  —  Journalist and author Howard W. French and more than 150 other writers and professors sent a letter to 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager on Wednesday faulting the CBS News program for its “frequent and recurring misrepresentation of the African continent.”
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Unhappy With a Moderate Jeb Bush, Conservatives Aim to Unite Behind an Alternative  —  OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation's Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Right-Wing Pundit: Obama Brainwashed Into Communism While He Was High  —  Cliff Kincaid's appearance yesterday on the End Times radio show “Trunews” was not only filled with warnings that the gay rights movement will lead to the destruction of America, but also claims that President Obama …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Gregory Korte / OnPolitics:
Here's the new White House briefing room seating chart
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Local 4 Defenders: Violent traffic stop in Inkster caught on camera
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP pushes to privatize air traffic control
Discussion: Daily Kos
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman bungles ObamaCare math
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Mashable, The Verge, Polygon and The Week
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings - About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?
Drew Galloway / WHNT-TV:
Photo showing children climbing on Vietnam Women's Memorial goes viral