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10:00 AM ET, March 26, 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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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Peace in the culture wars —  if the Left wants it  —  GAY MARRIAGE OBAMACARE RELIGION CONTRACEPTION HOBBY LOBBY SANDRA FLUKE  —  Sometimes it's hard to believe the other side is being honest.  —  Democratic politicians and liberal writers accuse Christian employers of “tell[ing] …
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
What's Religious About Corporate America Cheating Workers?  —  The Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court claims to be about defending business owners' religious values against Obamacare.  Too bad those values doesn't extend to paying people a livable wage or sharing profits.
Discussion: Liberaland
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: One hearing, two dramas
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Slippery slopes before the court
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Supreme Court Struggles In Hobby Lobby Case With Question Of Companies' Religious Rights
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.
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Most uninsured unaware of March 31 deadline, half plan to remain uninsured  —  In the final days of open enrollment for new health insurance options under the ACA, substantial shares …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
U.S. to Extend Sign-Up Period For Insurance  —  WASHINGTON — With less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the federal exchange.
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking  —  Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident.
John Dickerson / Slate:
The Iowa Democrat who belittled Iowa farmers while praising lawyers.  —  Those looking for greater efficiency in Washington should look to Rep. Bruce Braley.  In the space of just a few seconds, the four-term Iowa Democrat delivered a campaign gaffe of such power that the Environmental Protection Agency may seek to regulate it.
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
CBS News:
Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of Ukraine crisis  —  Shares -  —  President Obama: Ukraine and Foreign Policy  —  While a majority of Americans (56 percent) support U.S. sanctions against Russia, they are less pleased with President Obama's handling of the situation between Russia and Ukraine overall.
Discussion: CNN, CBS DC and Outside the Beltway
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Concerns about Russia Rise, But Just a Quarter Call Moscow an Adversary
Discussion: The Week and The Fix
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP again accuses Sebelius of misleading ObamaCare testimony  —  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday saying she had been “evasive and perhaps misleading” in her testimony before the committee earlier this month.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
O'Reilly Goes Off On ‘Race Hustlers’ Who Slammed Paul Ryan (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly backed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) disputed comments on a culture of “inner city” men not working on Tuesday night, arguing “race hustlers” would have branded the congressman a racist no matter what he said about poverty.
Discussion: theGrio
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Split Appeals Court Rules No More Michigan Same-Sex Marriages During Appeal  —  “We GRANT Michigan's motion to stay the district court's order pending final disposition of Michigan's appeal by this court.”  —  Mary Black, left, and her wife Sarah Weinstein hug after being married …
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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: Booman Tribune, Slate and The Dish
Robert M. Gates / Wall Street Journal:
Putin's Challenge to the West  —  Russia has thrown down a gauntlet that is not limited to Crimea or even Ukraine.  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has a long-festering grudge: He deeply resents the West for winning the Cold War.  He blames the United States in particular for the collapse …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Deep thoughts by Barack Obama  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl touched a nerve when he asked President Obama whether Mitt Romney might have been on to something with his observation that Russia is our number one geopolitical foe.  The question came in Obama's press conference at the Hague yesterday.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
2 CNN Producers Are Held in Trespass at World Trade Center  —  Two CNN producers seeking to report on recent breaches of security at the World Trade Center site were arrested on Tuesday as they tried to break into the area, the authorities said.  —  The two men, Yonatan Pomrenze, 35 …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
It's time for the White House to start sweating over legal challenge to Obamacare subsidies  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE APPEALS COURTS KATHLEEN SEBELIUS SUBSIDIES HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES HHS  —  As the U.S. Supreme Court weighed the constitutionality of a contraception coverage mandate Tuesday morning …
David Mitchell / KDVR.com:
Girl who shaved head to support friend fighting cancer, allowed back to school  —  GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A 9-year-old girl was kept out of class Monday, because of her support for a friend who is fighting cancer.  Tuesday night, the board of the charter school reversed its decision.
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How the East Wing shrank Michelle Obama
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Fox News:
Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 24
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The Express Tribune:
Polio worker kidnapped from Chamkani found dead
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Gateway Pundit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Martinez, Udall lead for reelection
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
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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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle: ‘There Were Actually Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People Like Me’
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Steve Erickson / American Prospect:
After the Midterms: Impeachment?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and rubber hose
Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Brock blasts ‘political smutmongers,’ Rand Paul
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Defends Russian Actions In Crimea: “Not One Person Was Killed”
James Gherardi / WSET-TV:
Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy
 

 
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