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10:05 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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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Die Another Day  —  The Supreme Court takes a big step closer to gutting the last bits of campaign finance reform.  —  Back when Justice Elena Kagan was Solicitor General Kagan, she argued to the Supreme Court in favor of the ban on corporate spending in the Citizens United case.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:   I fought the law and I won
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How The Supreme Court Just Legalized Money Laundering By Rich Campaign Donors
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
SCOTUS on money and politics: A reader's guide
Discussion: Firedoglake, Right Turn and CNN
Kevin Glass / Townhall.com:
In 5-4 Decision, SCOTUS Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Finance Limits
Discussion: protein wisdom
CBS News:
At least 4 killed in shooting at Fort Hood; gunman among dead  —  Fort Hood on Google Earth CBS/GOOGLE EARTH  —  Shares -  —  FORT HOOD, Texas - A soldier opened fire Wednesday at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding several others before taking his own life, law enforcement sources told CBS News.
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KCEN-TV:
Reports of a Shooting on Fort Hood  —  (KCEN) — We have reports of an active shooter on Fort Hood.  —  We have reports that there are several injuries from this shooting.  There is at least one patient being transported to the hospital.  —  We are also getting reports of victims …
KWTX-TV:
One Death Confirmed In Fort Hood Shooting  —  At least one person is dead after a shooting late Wednesday afternoon on Fort Hood, a post spokesman confirmed.  —  Others were injured in the shooting, but the spokesman didn't say how many.  —  The gunman is still at large and the spokesman …
Recent Updates for Fort Hood Press Center:
Shooting incident at Fort Hood  —  UPDATE: Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services has an initial report that a shooter is dead but this is unconfirmed.  —  The injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals.
Discussion: WFPL, NBC News and New York Times
Dana Ford / CNN:
Fatalities reported in Fort Hood shooting  —  (CNN) — Multiple people were killed and others injured Wednesday when a shooter opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, a senior military official and law enforcement official told CNN.  —  The officials said the suspected shooter was among the dead.
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
As Many as 4 Are Killed After Gunman Opens Fire at Fort Hood
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Phil Berger:
Tillis, Berger Issue Joint Statement On Newly Discovered, Alarming Evidence Of Voter Error And Fraud  —  Raleigh, N.C. - House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) issued a joint statement Wednesday in response to more alarming evidence of voter error …
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Laura Leslie / WRAL-TV:
State elections officials seek tighter security
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
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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
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
Ben Giles / Arizona Capitol Times:
Dem senator tells gay colleague to ‘act more gay’  —  Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford questioned Sen. Steve Gallardo's honesty in regards to his sexual orientation in a closed-door caucus meeting on Tuesday and said Gallardo should “act more gay.”  —  Gallardo told Arizona Capitol Times that Cajero Bedford …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Candidate For Texas Governor Invokes Man Who Believes Women And Minorities Are Inferior  —  Greg Abbott Charles Murray Charles Murray White Nationalist Greg Abbott Education Plan Charles Murray White Supremacist Politics News  —  In his pre-Kindergarten education plan released this week …
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.
 
 
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Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Intelligence Director Appears to Concede NSA Searched Communications (Video)
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Rubio to decide on 2016 White House run ‘around this time next year’
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democrats target unmarried female voters
David Nakamura / Post Politics:
Obama calls GOP budget plan a ‘stinkburger’
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Ex-Intel Analyst Gets Prison for Documents Leak
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