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3:30 PM ET, March 25, 2014

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Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Live Blog: Contraception Cases at Supreme Court  —  On Tuesday, Hobby Lobby, a 600-store chain based in Oklahoma City, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., an East Earl, Pa., cabinet maker, will argue for an exemption from federal regulations requiring health insurance policies …
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Gene Robinson / USA Today:
Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justices sound ready to reject contraceptives mandate under Obamacare
ThinkProgress:
Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case — That's Bad News For Birth Control
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rand Paul on what Obama should tell Pope Francis
Discussion: The Week and Hot Air
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
Pathological ignorance: Sen. Boxer's Hobby Lobby strawmen ‘need Viagra to stand up’ [video]
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Donald Rumsfeld: ‘It does not take a genius’  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration's handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country.  —  “We have status of forces agreements probably …
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Politico:
President Obama ‘confident’ in NSA proposal
Discussion: Techdirt
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Rumsfeld bashes Obama on Afghanistan, says ‘a trained ape’ could do better
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Rumsfeld: U.S. Ties with Karzai ‘Gone Downhill Like a Toboggan’ Under Obama
Discussion: JustOneMinute
James Gherardi / WSET-TV:
Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy  —  Timberlake, VA - Sports, sneakers, and short hair; it's what makes eight year old Sunnie Kahle unique.  It's also what had her removed from Timberlake Christian School.  Her grandparents pulled the plug …
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
Helmet camera shows skydiver's remarkable jump from World Trade Center  —  WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO: The three daredevils, along with their lookout, pulled off a breathtaking jump from the Freedom Tower.  But the price they paid was surrendering to cops Monday to face charges such as burglary.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:   WATCH: Thrillseekers Catch Base Jump From World Trade Center On Helmet Cam
Haley Draznin / CNN:
4 arrested for WTC jump
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily Caller
Politico:
Harry Reid mulls dropping IMF from bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering dropping controversial provisions to the International Monetary Fund from a bill aiding Ukraine, according to Senate aides.  —  After Republicans in both chambers of Congress reiterated Tuesday …
Discussion: National Review
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner aide: Harry Reid ‘unhinged’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
House Democrats Criticize White House for Slowing Down Ukraine Rescue Package
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
The Indispensible Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: Reihan Salam
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.'s Bulk Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress …
Maya Rodriguez / KUSA-TV:
Act of compassion violates school dress code policy  —  Act of compassion violates school dress code policy.  9NEWS at 9 p.m. 03/24/14.  —  What started out as a kind gesture is turning into a battle over whether hair, or the lack of it, should matter in school.  —  CONNECT
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Middle School Girls Protest Sexist Dress Code: ‘Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?’  —  Earlier this month, Haven Middle School administrators notified parents that female students are no longer allowed to wear shorts, leggings, or yoga pants because those articles of clothing might be “too distracting” for their male peers.
Discussion: Slate and The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most  —  There are more than 15 million uninsured or underinsured people living below the poverty line in the 23 states that have refused to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare, according to a new study by The Commonwealth Fund.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP finds unwinding Obamacare vexing now that it's taken root
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
The DSCC Can't Have It Both Ways  —  There was a lot of discussion Monday about the rebuttal by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) to FiveThirtyEight's latest Senate forecast.  That forecast identified the Republicans as more likely than not to take over the Senate.
Zach Baron / GQ Magazine Online:
Pharrell Williams on Advanced Style Moves and That Oscar Snub: My Song Will “Be Here For 10 Years”  —  For GQ's April cover, the G I R L artist and producer talks to Zach Baron about politics (he's calling 2016 for Hillary), the Tea Party, the hat-collection clamoring, and losing the Best Song Oscar
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Republicans losing it over new Obamacare data: Why their position is collapsing  —  Obamacare enrollment could hit 7 million before the midterms; meanwhile, GOP still has no answer for beneficiaries  —  It's a complete accident of legislative and administrative history that the fourth anniversary …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Poll Shows Democrats' Big Push Against The Kochs Might Not Make Any Sense  —  “Trying to make the Koch brothers into that red meat is going to be about as effective as what we tried to do for several cycles with George Soros,” Republican pollster Ed Goeas said.  —  images-cdn.newscred.com
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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OnPolitics:
Charles and David who? Majority haven't heard of Koch brothers
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Risen: Obama administration is this generation's ‘greatest enemy of press freedom’  —  “It won't take me long to alienate everyone in the room,” Jeffrey Toobin told an audience in New York Friday.  “For better or worse, it has been clear there is no journalistic privilege under the First Amendment.”
The Seattle Times:
Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’?  Warnings go back decades  —  TIMES WATCHDOG: While a Snohomish County official said the area hit by the mudslide “was considered very safe,” the hillside's history of slides dates back more than 60 years.  One expert says he was shocked when homebuilding was permitted after a big 2006 slide.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Bizarre Case Of Matt Drudge And His Obamacare ‘Liberty Tax’  —  The Treasury Department has now weighed in amid conservative media titan Matt Drudge's claims that he recently paid the Obamacare penalty he dubbed a “liberty tax.”  —  In summary, Drudge apparently volunteered to fork …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
David Brock reflects on his Clinton evolution  —  David Brock's long journey trailing Bill and Hillary Clinton — first as a nemesis and now as an ally — is leading him to the couple's former home state of Arkansas.  —  It's there, in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
The Presidential Election Does Start Earlier Every Four Years (but Don't Blame the Media)
Discussion: American Prospect
Washington Post:
Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016  —  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 …
 
 
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Pieces of ‘nekkid’ wisdom from an 82-year-old ex-U.S. senator"
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Jawa Report
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senate Candidate Reminds Washington She Castrated Hogs, Will Make Them ‘Squeal’
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Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Uninsured People Don't Like or Understand Obamacare
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Maya Shwayder / Jerusalem Post:
White House expresses ‘deep disappointment’ after Saudis deny visa to ‘Post’ journalist
Discussion: Fox News and The Huffington Post
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