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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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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  —  Shares -  —  The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.
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  —  There was a word White House officials had for Monday, the final day of Obamacare enrollment: “S—t-tastic.”  —  “S—t,” because they couldn't believe that the website had crashed again, and they couldn't get it back for hours.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
My Own Final Four Bracket For America's Future  —  Holy Moly!  Are you kidding?  You'd think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state …
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Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
TEA PARTY: PAUL RYAN'S NEW BUDGET A WORK OF APRIL FOOL'S DAY FICTION
Discussion: The Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
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.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Blockbuster book deal for Ted Cruz; $1.5m advance, bigger than Sarah Palin's  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS BOOKS 2016 ELECTIONS TED CRUZ SARAH PALIN  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and conservative movement, has agreed to write a personal memoir about his controversial days …
Discussion: Politico and Trail Blazers Blog
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Has Reportedly Landed A Richer Book Deal Than Palin
Discussion: Liberaland, Mediaite and The Week
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.
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Digital First plans layoffs (Updated)  —  High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted  —  Digital First Media, the New York-based newspaper operator that has made a high-profile bet on its digital business, is planning layoffs as it heads into a year expected …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Digital First Media's Thunderdome implosion (and coming sale)
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
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon announces $99 Fire TV set-top box, available now  —  Apple and Roku have a new competitor in the living room.  Amazon just announced its own video streaming device: the $99 Amazon Fire TV.  It starts shipping today.  “We need to invent and simplify on behalf of customers,” said Amazon's Peter Larsen.
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
Jeffrey Tayler / The Atlantic Online:
10 Tough Questions Obama Needs to Answer on Ukraine  —  MOSCOW—Despite assurances by Vladimir Putin to the contrary, there is, so far, no evidence that Russian troops are withdrawing from the border with Ukraine.  The standoff in the region, in fact, is far from over—and Putin …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mashable
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Mississippi legislature approves ‘turn away the gays’ bill  —  The Mississippi legislature has approved a “turn away the gay” bill.  (Photo by Chuck Kelly; courtesy Creative Commons)  —  The Mississippi legislature approved late Tuesday a “turn away the gays” measure that would enable businesses …
 
 
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Jonathan Strong / BREITBART.COM:
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
American Students Test Well in Problem Solving, but Trail Foreign Counterparts
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
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The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
The Myth of Working Your Way Through College
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Cochran touts ‘100 votes’ against ObamaCare
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