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6:50 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
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
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  —  Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) apologized for warning that if Republicans won control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” could become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree
Discussion: CNN
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)
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Study: States refusing Medicaid expansion would benefit the most
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.”
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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Politico:
Harry Reid to drop IMF from Ukraine bill
Discussion: National Review
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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Office of Media Relations:
GW Battleground Poll
Discussion: Mediaite and Taegan Goddard's …
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Poll Shows Democrats' Big Push Against The Kochs Might Not Make Any Sense
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Nate Silver Biting the Hoof That Feeds?
Discussion: Slate and Booman Tribune
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Brock blasts ‘political smutmongers,’ Rand Paul  —  Media Matters founder David Brock on Tuesday urged the end of “political smutmongers” and blasted the “right wing's 20-year obsession with the Clintons,” singling out Sen. Rand Paul, as he described evolving from being one of the …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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.”
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
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.
 
 
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Steve Erickson / American Prospect:
After the Midterms: Impeachment?
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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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
College Students Fail to Name a Single U.S. Senator
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