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12:15 PM ET, March 25, 2015


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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
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Ted Cruz to sign up for government health care
Ted Cruz going on Obamacare
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Ted Cruz's challenge: The other guys have done things
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.
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 …
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 …
Ari Phillips / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo, Calls Those Who Believe In Climate Change ‘Flat-Earthers’  —  A few days after accusing “global warming alarmists” like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing and insulting “anyone who actually looks at the real data” around climate change …
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
On Global Warming, Ted Cruz Says He's Galileo, Not a Flat-Earther
Rachelle Peterson / The Federalist:
Reporters Explain Why Balance Isn't Needed On Global Warming
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and
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 …
Jason Zengerle / GQ:
What If Sarah Palin Were a Brain Surgeon?
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
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,” …
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 …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and BREITBART.COM
New York Times:
Germanwings Crash Investigation Hits Snag in Retrieving Data  —  PARIS — Rescuers resumed the difficult task of searching for the 150 victims of a deadly plane crash in the French Alps, as the search for clues about what caused the crash was dealt a setback Wednesday afternoon.
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 …
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
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
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: The Verge and Polygon
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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Google Working on Project to Let You Receive and Pay Bills Directly Inside Gmail
Discussion: PandoDaily and The Verge
Kim Bell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Ann reserve officer accused in crash quits, blames drinking on Ferguson, chief says
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
New York Times:
In Nuclear Talks, Iran Seeks to Avoid Specifics
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
The Hill:
Sen. Reid gives cold shoulder to Pelosi agreement on Medicare
Discussion: National Journal and Hot Air
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House
Discussion: The Verge and VodkaPundit
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Look Before Leaping
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Zero Hedge
 Earlier Items: 
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