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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Freeing more political money
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and Booman Tribune
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
Politico:
Behind the Obamacare surprise
Discussion: New York Magazine
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Want medical insurance? Get in line.
Discussion: alicublog
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
The Hill:
Ryan's final $5.1T cut
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
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
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 …
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Jeffrey Tayler / The Atlantic Online:
10 Tough Questions Obama Needs to Answer on Ukraine
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.
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?
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  —  NEWT GINGRICH WASHINGTON SECRETS MARCO RUBIO PAUL RYAN 2016 ELECTIONS RAND PAUL TED CRUZ JOHN MCCAIN SARAH PALIN SCOTT WALKER BOBBY JINDAL  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and conservative movement …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Ted Cruz Has Reportedly Landed A Richer Book Deal Than Palin
Discussion: Liberaland
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 and Gigaom
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.
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 …
 
 
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Guy Benson / Hot Air:
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