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9:55 PM ET, March 25, 2014

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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.
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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 …
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 …
Politico:
Hobby Lobby case: Justices skeptical of White House position
Gene Robinson / USA Today:
Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
Pathological ignorance: Sen. Boxer's Hobby Lobby strawmen ‘need Viagra to stand up’ [video]
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 …
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace  —  The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox News
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
New anti-Obamacare ad makes misleading claims (video)
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most
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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
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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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree  —  In new video footage released Tuesday, Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate running to replace Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, disparages fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Braley Apologizes For Warning ‘Farmer’ Could Run Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Mediaite
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Nate Silver Biting the Hoof That Feeds?  —  After a rocky rollout of the new FiveThirtyEight site, producing considerable criticism of specific posts and of the general claims being made for “data journalism,” Nate Silver's getting a new round of criticism, this time specifically from Democrats …
Discussion: Slate and Booman Tribune
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Office of Media Relations:
GW Battleground Poll  —  Americans continue to hold pessimistic views about the health of the economy and the overall direction of the nation, shows a new George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters.  Read the full press release.  —  Previous Polls  —  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Poll Results
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Democratic pollster predicts ‘huge turnout disadvantage’ in 2014
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Poll Shows Democrats' Big Push Against The Kochs Might Not Make Any Sense
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle: ‘There Were Actually Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People Like Me’  —  First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China.  She talked about the American dream: … But warned that not everything is perfect.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weasel Zippers
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Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Reid paid granddaughter for “holiday gifts” to give donors, supporters  —  Update, 2:30PM: Reid will reimburse campaign: “I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure.”
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
John Boehner aide: Harry Reid ‘unhinged’
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: The Week and Slate
Christianity Today:
(UPDATED) President Richard Stearns says change is a symbol of Christian ‘unity’ not ‘compromise.’  —  [Update: Added comments from board members and Russell Moore.]  —  World Vision's American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Split Appeals Court Rules No More Michigan Same-Sex Marriages During Appeal
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Steve Erickson / American Prospect:
After the Midterms: Impeachment?  —  As analysts and strategists and politicos keep reminding us, Barack Obama isn't on the ballot this coming midterm election, except for the way in which he is.  It's now clear to anyone who doesn't need it spelled out—and if you do, increasingly …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Defends Russian Actions In Crimea: “Not One Person Was Killed”  —  “Yet we have to go and condemn the Russians, of course, when no one lost their life in an attempt to make sure the people of Crimea had a right to control their destiny and their own self-determination,” California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said.
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
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 …
 
 
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Bob Cesca / The Daily Banter:
Obama to Propose the Privatization of NSA's Metadata Collection Program
Josh Harkinson / Mother Jones:
Citing Ukraine, Hawks Push for New Spending on Nukes
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Brock blasts ‘political smutmongers,’ Rand Paul
Discussion: CNN, Doug Ross and The Week
CNN:
Sailor, civilian killed in shooting at Virginia naval station
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Scott Fallon / NorthJersey.com:
Appeals panel: Christie administration improperly pulled N.J. out of program to cut greenhouse gas emissions
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Pieces of ‘nekkid’ wisdom from an 82-year-old ex-U.S. senator"
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