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9:10 AM ET, March 30, 2015

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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.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
O'Malley: Nuclear Iran ‘greatest man-made threat’  —  Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Sunday said that a nuclear-armed Iran would present the gravest “man-made” danger to American interests.  —  “The greatest threat that we face right now in terms of man-made threats is a nuclear Iran …
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
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to Netanyahu: Your move
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’  —  In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider's perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Why Hillary Clinton Will Launch 2016 Campaign Soon  —  It's a near certainty that a few weeks from now Hillary Clinton will be a full-fledged presidential candidate, campaigning through New Hampshire and Iowa with a vast press corps in tow.  —  Some politicians relish the campaign trail: the rope lines, rallies and photo ops.
Discussion: ABC News
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Jon WardSenior / Yahoo Politics:   Hillary Clinton's darkest days detailed in new book about White House staff
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Martin O'Malley Takes Aim At Hillary Clinton's ‘Crown’
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
 
 
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
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Gary Buiso / New York Post:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Mail
Boston Herald:
Reid heads for the exit
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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Discussion: FOX News Radio
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Netanyahu urges Senate leaders against Iran deal