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5:55 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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ThinkProgress:
Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case — That's Bad News For Birth Control  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Justice Anthony Kennedy thinks gay people are fabulous.  All three of the Supreme Court's most important gay rights decisions were written by Justice Kennedy.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: One hearing, two dramas  —  The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely …
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justices sound ready to reject contraceptives mandate under Obamacare  —  Young visitors to Washington, D.C., walk past the Supreme Court building on March 17.  (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press / March 16, 2014)  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative justices sharply criticized part …
Gene Robinson / USA Today:
Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column  —  Christ sought to protect and comfort the weak, not control them.  —  In 2003, I prepared for my consecration as a bishop by donning a bulletproof vest beneath my religious robes because of death threats from “good, religious people” …
Politico:
Hobby Lobby case: Justices skeptical of White House position
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
Pathological ignorance: Sen. Boxer's Hobby Lobby strawmen ‘need Viagra to stand up’ [video]
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 …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Christian School Tells Eight-Year-Old Girl She Looks Too Much Like A Boy
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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: Liberal Values and Daily Kos
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
New anti-Obamacare ad makes misleading claims (video)
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Plum Line
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP finds unwinding Obamacare vexing now that it's taken root
Discussion: The Other McCain
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?’
Discussion: Slate and The Week
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Video captures Braley criticizing Grassley as ‘a farmer from Iowa’  —  Video shot at a private fundraiser for Bruce Braley caught the Iowa Democrat warning that “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” might become the next judiciary committee chairman.
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:   Dem Braley Apologizes For Warning ‘Farmer’ Could Run Judiciary Committee
Politico:
Harry Reid to drop IMF from Ukraine bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will drop a provision to reform the International Monetary Fund from a bill to help Ukraine — a move that could clear the way to send an aid and sanctions package to the president's desk.
Discussion: National Review
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner aide: Harry Reid ‘unhinged’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Democratic pollster predicts ‘huge turnout disadvantage’ in 2014  —  Washington (CNN) - A leading Democratic pollster predicted a “sobering” turnout disadvantage for her party in this year's midterm elections and called on Democrats to articulate “a bigger economic agenda” this fall.
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Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Poll Shows Democrats' Big Push Against The Kochs Might Not Make Any Sense
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Neo-Confederate Ties Haunt South Carolina Lt. Gov.'s New College Job  —  The College of Charleston received more than 100 applications from people interested in being the 22nd president of the 13th oldest educational institution in the United States.  The applicants included current university presidents …
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
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.”
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 …
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rand Paul on what Obama should tell Pope Francis  —  With President Barack Obama set to meet Pope Francis this week, Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday the president has some explaining to do.  —  “He ought to explain to the Pope why he is telling businesses in America they can't remain true …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Brock blasts ‘political smutmongers,’ Rand Paul
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Defends Russian Actions In Crimea: “Not One Person Was Killed”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
Sailor, civilian killed in shooting at Virginia naval station
Discussion: Shakesville and Liberty Unyielding
Scott Fallon / NorthJersey.com:
Appeals panel: Christie administration improperly pulled N.J. out of program to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Suzy Khimm / msnbc.com:
Unemployed, and heading toward foreclosure
irs.gov:
IRS Virtual Currency Guidance : Virtual Currency Is Treated as Property for U.S. Federal Tax Purposes …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Pieces of ‘nekkid’ wisdom from an 82-year-old ex-U.S. senator"
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Jawa Report
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Uninsured People Don't Like or Understand Obamacare
Discussion: The Dish, naked capitalism and Fox News
nbcnewyork.com:
Alleged New Jersey Rape Victim Says Pleas for Help Were Ignored
Discussion: Gothamist, The Raw Story and Liberaland