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8:40 PM ET, March 26, 2015


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David Edwards / Raw Story:
Pat Robertson: ‘Was the co-pilot a Muslim?  Why did he want to kill all those people?’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Christian televangelist Pat Robertson suggested on Thursday that the co-pilot's decision to crash Germanwings Flight 9525 could be explained if he was a Muslim.
Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Germanwings co-pilot DELIBERATELY crashed Flight 4U9525 into mountain to ‘destroy the plane’ after locking his captain out of cockpit, reveals French prosecutor  —  The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing …
New York Times:
Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says
Raziye Akkoc / Telegraph:
Andreas Lubitz: Friends in the co-pilot's hometown express shock and surprise
Fox News:
Mental state, not terror ties eyed in Germanwings co-pilot's deadly decision
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Senator Devised A Fantastic Response To Tom Cotton's Iran Letter  —  Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the nuclear deal, prompting her to file an amendment to block just that.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Huffington Post:
Senate Democrat Trolls Tom Cotton So Hard  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) delivered a pitch-perfect trolling lesson to the Senate on Wednesday, filing an amendment calling to defund “the purchase of stationary or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Governor Pence Issues Statement Regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act  —  Start Date:  —  Start Time:  —  End Date:  —  Entry Description  —  Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SEA 101) in a private ceremony.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Indiana's Pence to sign bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers  —  Bill allows businesses to reject gay customers 02:10  —  Washington (CNN)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to sign into law a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.”
Arutz Sheva:
US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program  —  Obama revenge for Netanyahu's Congress talk?  1987 report on Israel's top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.  —  Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s  —  National Security Archive/Flash 90
Jordan Schachtel / Reuters:
Administration Declassifies Top-Secret Doc That Reveals Israel's Nuclear Secrets
Discussion: Arutz Sheva
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Walker Shifts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner  —  Likely GOP presidential candidate says he backs allowing undocumented immigrants becoming eligible for citizenship  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed …
U.S. Army National Guard Soldier and His Cousin Arrested for Conspiring to Support Terrorism
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
The Hill:
House passes Boehner-Pelosi Medicare deal in resounding vote  —  The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to repeal automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, endorsing a rare bipartisan deal that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) negotiated with Democrats.  —  The bill, which passed by a vote of 392-37 …
New York Times:
House Passes Bill Changing Medicare Fee Formula and Extending Children's Insurance
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
Missing Virginia child, Noah Thomas, found dead in septic system  —  PULASKI COUNTY, Va. — Noah Thomas, the five-year-old boy who disappeared Sunday from his home in Dublin, Virginia, was found dead Thursday afternoon.  —  “We are very saddened to announce that we have recovered the body …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
New York Post:
Building explodes in NYC's East Village  —  As many as 30 people were hurt when an explosion caused a partial building collapse and ignited a massive fire in the East Village on Thursday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post.  —  Flames were engulfing two buildings at the scene …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Scott Walker's interview debacle: How the movie “Trading Places” explains the Iran/Israel conflict!  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is widely viewed as botching his early opportunity as nominal frontrunner for the 2016 GOP nomination.  Even on the right, some former admirers …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Congressman Resigning Over Scandal Drops Abraham Lincoln Reference In Farewell Speech  —  The perfect time for a Lincoln reference: your farewell speech after resigning from Congress amid a scandal over reimbursement of miles not traveled on a Chevy Tahoe.  —
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron Schock likens himself to Abraham Lincoln
Discussion: ABC News
John Bresnahan / Politico:
DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes, watchdog says  —  Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.
The Hill:
Rep. Gohmert weighing presidential bid  —  Conservative firebrand Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill that he might run for president in 2016.  —  Gohmert indicated he might launch an exploratory committee for president when originally asked if he would support Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) White House bid.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Mediaite
John R. Bolton / New York Times:
To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran  —  FOR years, experts worried that the Middle East would face an uncontrollable nuclear-arms race if Iran ever acquired weapons capability.  Given the region's political, religious and ethnic conflicts, the logic is straightforward.
Volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating  —  1Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, California, USA.  —  2Earth & Space Research, Oregon, USA.  —  The floating ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic Ice Sheet restrain the grounded ice-sheet flow.
The Huffington Post:
Kentucky's New Heroin Law Marks A ‘Culture Shift’  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night, Kentucky lawmakers passed wide-ranging legislation to combat the state's heroin epidemic.  The bipartisan measure represents a significant policy shift away from more punitive measures toward a focus on treating addicts, not jailing them.
Pete Kasperowicz /
House Dem: Global Warming Could Force Women to Trade Sex for Food  —  A senior House Democrat has once again issued an apocalyptic warning that climate change will hit women harder than men, and that it could drive millions of poor women to engage in “transactional sex” in order to provide food and water for their families.
Kate Mather / Los Angeles Times:
California loosens Jessica's Law rules on where sex offenders can live  —  California officials announced Thursday that the state would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law that prohibits all registered sex offenders from living near schools.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Alex Rogers / TIME:
Rand Paul Proposes Boosting Defense Spending  —  His amendment would add $76.5 billion to the defense budget  —  Just weeks before announcing his 2016 presidential bid, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is completing an about-face on a longstanding pledge to curb the growth in defense spending.
New York Times:
U.S. Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit Prompt Boycott by Shiite Fighters  —  AL RASHID AIR BASE, Iraq — By Day 2 of the American airstrike campaign against militants holed up in Tikrit, the mission appeared beleaguered on several fronts on Thursday: Thousands of Shiite militiamen boycotted the fight in protest …
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Bill O'Reilly: ‘Journalism Standards Have Declined Dramatically’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Donald Trump: Immigrants Destroying America, Middle Class Ready To Rebel
Discussion: Steve Deace Show
Nikki Krize / WNEP-TV:
Worker Hurt During Roller Coaster Testing
Discussion: WTVR-TV
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Police settle lawsuit over tear gas use during Ferguson protests
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jeb Bush: I don't read The New York Times
Discussion: Washington Post
Rachel Stockman / WSB-TV:
KSU lecturer accused of assaulting Uber driver
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Ben Hooper / UPI:
USPS driver throws package, runs a lap around van
Discussion: Consumerist and FOX31 Denver
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
The Atlantic Gives Writer Fired By Mic For Plagiarism A Second Chance
Discussion: Politico and The Atlantic Online
James Joiner / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Cannabist
Rebecca Harshbarger / New York Post:
Your subway's late because of a surge in unruly passengers
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rahm Emanuel floats naming Chicago airport after Barack Obama
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Mediaite
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
Gregg Jarrett: ‘I Might Not Have Survived’ Without Roger Ailes
Discussion: Poynter and Mediaite
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Did you know Obama just took new executive action on immigration?