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8:20 AM ET, March 30, 2015

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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
What to Worry About in an Iran Nuclear Deal  —  I'm in Berlin, not Lausanne, and I haven't spoken to anyone associated with the Iran nuclear negotiations in more than a week.  Though there is a lot of good journalism being produced out of the talks, it is still difficult to discern what is actually happening at this moment.
Discussion: Horizons
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New York Times:
Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy:
Iran's Nuclear Breakout Time: A Fact Sheet  —  With reports that Washington and its partners may reach a nuclear accord with Iran in the coming days, a former senior IAEA safeguards official answers the most pressing questions about Tehran's program and how the agreement might affect its capabilities.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Boehner, Israel and race  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) trip to Israel this week is so blatantly political that even the avowedly impartial Associated Press describes it as looking “like a jab at the White House.”  —  It is worse than that.  President Obama can jab back in any political fight.
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
White House: Nuclear talks' success depends on Iran  —  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Sunday that he is optimistic that the Obama administration can reach a nuclear deal with Iran by Tuesday's self-imposed deadline.  —  Earnest said that the deadline will be met if a deal is …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to Netanyahu: Your move
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Tim Cook / Washington Post:
Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous  —  Tim Cook is chief executive of Apple.  —  There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country.  —  A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors.
Charlie Rose / CBS News:
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 60 Minutes  —  Charlie Rose interviews the Syrian dictator as a four-year-old civil war drags on in which his regime has been accused of devastating attacks on civilians  —  The following is a script from “Bashar al-Assad” which aired on March 29, 2015.
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Stephanopoulos Corners Pence over LGBT Discrimination: 'It's a Yes or No Question!'  —  This Week host George Stephanopoulos absolutely grilled Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) over the newly-signed “religious freedom” bill, which critics maintain would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers.
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Michael Conroy / ABC News:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Won't Change
Brendan Smialowski / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Rick Callahan / Associated Press:
Indiana Governor: New Law ‘Not About Discrimination’
Discussion: ABC News, Advocate and Politico
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz: ‘I was not a community organizer’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the only major declared Republican presidential candidate, is defending his credentials as a freshman senator while pursuing a White House bid.  —  “Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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Reuters:
Former HP CEO Fiorina puts chances of presidential bid over 90 percent
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Cruz vows to shun negative campaigning
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Why are interest rates so low?  —  Interest rates around the world, both short-term and long-term, are exceptionally low these days.  The U.S. government can borrow for ten years at a rate of about 1.9 percent, and for thirty years at about 2.5 percent.  Rates in other industrial countries …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Elizabeth Warren plays Ted Cruz card with House Democrats  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is meeting with House Democrats in an effort to push back against President Obama's trade agenda.  —  The liberal senator met Tuesday with a group of House Democrats before administration officials …
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
Poll: Who would Americans consider voting for in 2016?  —  vote buttons election campaign ISTOCKPHOTO  —  Shares -  —  The Republicans  —  As he did last month, Jeb Bush remains the potential candidate with the most support from Republicans, and he is also the best-known of the candidates tested.
New York Times:
In Delaying Vote on Loretta Lynch as Attorney General, G.O.P. Is in a Quandary  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans bolted for a two-week spring recess with the confirmation of Loretta E. Lynch as attorney general in jeopardy, and themselves in a quandary: Accept a qualified nominee they oppose …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Cruz is no Barry Goldwater, McCain and Flake say  —  Before and after U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced his presidential candidacy on Monday, many pundits compared him to U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Arizona Republican whose White House bid crashed and burned in 1964.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Netanyahu urges Senate leaders against Iran deal  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a Sunday appearance alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make clear that the GOP-led Congress shares Netanyahu's skepticism that the Obama administration can strike …
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Agence France-Presse:
Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify
Discussion: FOX News Radio
 
 
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