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1:05 AM ET, March 26, 2015


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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.
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Bergdahl Describes Harsh Treatment During Captivity … For the first time Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has described in his own words the brutal conditions he endured as a Taliban prisoner for five years, a time during which he said he was kept in constant isolation.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion and Misbehavior Before the Enemy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Official: At least 3 members of ‘Taliban 5’ tried to reconnect with terror networks
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New Yorker scrubs ‘uppity’ description of Ted Cruz
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Opening New Iraq Front, U.S. Strikes ISIS in Tikrit  —  BAGHDAD — American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as American officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran …
Nancy A. Youssef / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Ready to Back Iran With Airstrikes Against ISIS
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
Local 4 Defenders: Violent traffic stop in Inkster caught on camera … INKSTER, Mich. -  —  Video obtained exclusively by the Local 4 Defenders shows an African-American motorist being beaten by white police officers from the city of Inkster.  —  The primary officer involved says he was protecting himself.
Gregory Korte / OnPolitics:
Here's the new White House briefing room seating chart  —  The seating chart for the White House Press Briefing Room.  (Gregory Korte / USA TODAY)  —  There are hundreds — maybe thousands — of reporters in Washington who cover the White House from time to time, but only 49 seats in the White House briefing room.
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
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 …
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.
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).
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
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Man Christie told to ‘sit down and shut up’ will run for N.J. Assembly  —  James Keady, 43 of Spring Lake, holds up a sign during a speech by Gov. Chris Christie in Belmar on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.  Keady plans to run for Assembly (NJ Advance Media file photo)
Discussion: Political Wire and Liberaland
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Hillary's nerd squad  —  Clinton's tech team signals a significant departure from her analog approach in 2008.  —  Hillary Clinton is assembling a technology team that signals a significant departure from her 2008 presidential run, led by Obama veterans and geared toward recasting her analog-era image.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Carowinds officially unveils Fury 325 roller coaster  —  NBC Charlotte reporter Sam Baranowski and photographer Jennifer Kiser rode ?  #?Fury325? at Carowinds Amusement Park Wednesday for media day.  —  CONNECT  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday morning …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Christie PAC hires firm for likely 2016 bid
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Right-Wing Pundit: Obama Brainwashed Into Communism While He Was High
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP pushes to privatize air traffic control
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘60 Minutes’ under fire for Africa coverage
Discussion: Mediaite
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP chairman bungles ObamaCare math
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
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