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6:20 PM ET, April 2, 2014

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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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Freeing more political money  —  Analysis  —  The Supreme Court pressed ahead on Wednesday with the majority's constitutional view that more money flowing into politics is a good thing — even if much of it comes from rich donors.  By a five-to-four vote …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling  —  Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday's Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections.  —  Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered …
Kevin Glass / Townhall.com:
In 5-4 Decision, SCOTUS Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Finance Limits  —  The Supreme Court today handed down their decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, and the 5-4 decision carried by the Court's conservative justices has overturned the aggregate limits on campaign contributions to political candidates.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
SCOTUS on money and politics: A reader's guide
Discussion: Right Turn and CNN
Ari Berman / thenation.com/blogs/163253:
The Supreme Court's Ideology: More Money, Less Voting
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How The Supreme Court Just Legalized Money Laundering By Rich Campaign Donors
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
CNN:
Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns
CBS News:   Supreme Court strikes down overall campaign contribution cap
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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Jason Millman / Wonkblog:   Here's why it doesn't matter that 7M signed up for Obamacare
ThinkProgress:
UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker's Firing  —  Two hundred fifty employees of the United Parcel Service (UPS) walked off the job for 90 minutes in February to protest the firing of one of their coworkers, Jairo Reyes.  Reyes had driven for the company for over 20 years …
Discussion: NY Daily News, Gothamist and Eschaton
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
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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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.
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 …
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
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
America's New Drug Policy Landscape  —  Two-Thirds Favor Treatment, Not Jail, for Use of Heroin, Cocaine  —  The public appears ready for a truce in the long-running war on drugs.  A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 67% of Americans say that the government should focus …
Arielle Duhaime-Ross / The Verge:
Breaking: NASA suspends contact with Russia over Ukraine crisis  —  Work on International Space Station will continue  —  Citing Russia's ongoing violations of Ukraine's sovereign and territorial integrity, NASA announced today that it is suspending all contact with Russian government representatives.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
No, Mr. President  —  President Obama said yesterday: … What Republican will stand up today and say something like this:  —  No, Mr. President.  No way, Mr. President.  We do not accept, we do not acquiesce in, this deplorable piece of legislation.  The debate is not over.  The debate will continue.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
David Nakamura / Post Politics:
Obama calls GOP budget plan a ‘stinkburger’  —  ANN ARBOR, Mich. - President Obama compared the Republican budget plan to a “stinkburger” or “meanwich” during a speech here Wednesday, using a series of zingers in an attempt to strike a contrast with the GOP on economic issues in an election year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David Remnick / News Desk:
Putin's Nightingales  —  When she was very young, the Moscow-based journalist Ulyana Skoibeda read a biography of Margaret Mitchell.  “Gone with the Wind” has always been popular in Russia.  The detail that stuck in her memory was that Mitchell, a native of Atlanta, Georgia …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Another Data Point For Greater Nationalization of Election Administration  —  WaPo put up a fascinating timeline from last night which shows the bizarre series of events, non-events, announcements, and non-announcements from the incredibly slow count of yesterday's D.C. party primaries.
Michelle Malkin:
Dear Mr. Colbert: Me so stupid.  You so funny!  —  Dear Mr. Colbert: Me so stupid.  You so funny!  —  by Michelle Malkin  —  Creators Syndicate  —  Question: Who are the most prominent, public purveyors of Asian stereotypes and ethnic language-mocking in America?
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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim that Koch Brothers Don't Pay Corporate Taxes  —  Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing “THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS.”  One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid's website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes:
 
 
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