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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contributions  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time.  The ruling, issued near the start of a campaign season …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Deals Another Blow To Campaign Finance Limits  —  In a sharply divided ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court further eroded campaign finance laws by striking down limits on the total amount that an individual may donate across political candidates and committees in an election cycle.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court lifts ban on aggregate campaign donations  —  The decision represents another step toward easing decades-old restrictions on political contributions that were designed to combat corruption  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court took another step Wednesday toward giving wealthy donors …
Discussion: Liberaland and Joe. My. God.
CBS News:
Supreme Court strikes down overall campaign contribution cap
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Bill Mears / CNN:
Justices strike down political donor limits
Discussion: Politico
David Nather / Politico:
Obamacare critics: Homina, homina, homina  —  Back in the fall, conservatives seized on the flubbed Obamacare rollout as proof that President Barack Obama's brand of liberalism doesn't work.  —  Now, the law's opponents aren't about to say that critique was wrong — but they've lost the best evidence they had.
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Wall Street Journal:
If the law is now such a success, why are Senate Democrats still fleeing?  —  Suddenly ObamaCare is a roaring success, happy days are here again and liberals are euphoric, or claim to be.  There are more than a few reasons to doubt this new fairy tale, not least the behavior of Senate Democrats running for re-election this year.
Jason Millman / Wonkblog:
Here's why it doesn't matter that 7M signed up for Obamacare  —  President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrated the enrollment news in a Rose Garden ceremony Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  —  Today's White House announcement that 7.1 million people signed …
Politico:
Behind the Obamacare surprise
Discussion: New York Magazine
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Want medical insurance? Get in line.
Discussion: alicublog
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Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
TEA PARTY: PAUL RYAN'S NEW BUDGET A WORK OF APRIL FOOL'S DAY FICTION  —  On Tuesday, Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which increases spending in 2015 and 2016 but would balance the budget within ten years with planned cuts in out years that are more speculative.
Discussion: The Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
The Hill:
Ryan's final $5.1T cut
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP gets O-Care angst  —  Anxious Senate Republicans are worried party leaders are focusing too much this election year on ObamaCare and not enough on jobs and the economy.  —  The concern among GOP centrists comes as President Obama and congressional Democrats are crowing about a surge …
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James Carville / The Hill:   O-Care a winning bet for Dems
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 2, 2014 - Obama Approval Inches Up, Tied With Putin As Leader, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Say Putin Is Not Hitler, But Fear Military Action  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Watch Donald Rumsfeld Lie About Saddam Hussein, al-Qaeda, and 9/11  —  In a new doc, the former Defense Secretary says he never meant to imply that Saddam was behind 9/11—despite the implications that the Iraqi dictator and al-Qaeda were in cahoots.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Bush vets back in action  —  Bush veterans are striking back.  —  Senior officials from former President George W. Bush's administration are wading into the fight over the Republican Party's direction and future.  —  In conversations with The Hill, many White House alumni …
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Associated Press:   Ted Cruz Heads to Liberty U to Woo Evangelicals
Alex Wigglesworth / Philly.com:
Penn investigates wild women's lacrosse party at Fado  —  The University of Pennsylvania has launched an investigation after members of the women's lacrosse team allegedly damaged Fado Irish Pub in Center City during a wild party Saturday night.  —  “We have been made aware of the allegations by Fado …
Discussion: Unfogged
Washington Post:
Councilwoman Bowser defeats incumbent Gray in D.C. mayoral primary  —  Muriel E. Bowser, a low-key but politically canny District lawmaker, won the Democratic mayoral nomination Tuesday, emerging from a pack of challengers in a low-turnout primary to deny scandal-tarnished incumbent Vincent C. Gray a second term.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Has Reportedly Landed A Richer Book Deal Than Palin  —  Ted Cruz is about to get Sarah Palin money for his book deal.  —  In fact, the Washington Examiner reports that Cruz's deal with HarperCollins to write a “personal memoir about his controversial days in Washington and his vision …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Digital First Media's Thunderdome implosion (and coming sale)  —  Today, we'll hear official word of the demise of Project Thunderdome, one of the news industry's highest-profile experiments in centralized, digital-first, mobile-friendly, new-news-partner content creation.
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Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Digital First plans layoffs (Updated)
Discussion: Washington Post
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Newly Enrolled, but Not Counted by Insurance Exchanges  —  Millions of newly insured people are hiding in plain sight.  —  They are the people who have bought new health insurance since the start of this year but have chosen for one reason or another to bypass the state and federal exchanges …
Zuri Berry / The Boston Globe:
Ortiz selfie with Obama a home run for Samsung  —  Staged selfies might be the name of the game.  —  It started at the Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres's epic picture of celebrities and now it appears David Ortiz himself may be in on the action.  —  Samsung confirmed that it had helped Ortiz take Tuesday's selfie with President Obama.
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and The Week
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Is the American Middle Class Losing Out to China and India?  —  President Obama may be right: free trade is a winning strategy that will lower consumer costs and expand employment in exporting industries.  —  “When 98 percent of our exporters are small businesses, new trade partnerships …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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