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12:40 PM ET, April 3, 2014


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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Surprise!  The Rich Won One  —  Today, we are going to discuss the Supreme Court decision on political donations.  Already, we have run into a terrible problem, which is the difficulty in having a fun conversation about campaign finance laws.  —  Let me try for a second: On Wednesday …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's rules of money in politics  —  Chief Justice John Roberts has a blunt message for wealthy donors tired of campaign finance rules: Fund a super PAC.  —  It's simpler, he wrote in his McCutcheon v. FEC opinion Wednesday, than dealing with a web of interlocking fundraising committees.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
A Few Data Points on the Supreme Court's Donor-Limit Decision  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down biennial aggregate campaign contribution limits.  For 2014, the overall limit was $123,200.  There was a lower limit of $74,600 for donations to PACs and party committees …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
How McCutcheon Could Come Back to Haunt the Republican Party  —  When my kids were younger, I loved to roughhouse with them.  For a while, we'd all have fun.  But then I'd get tired and want to stop, only to realize, to my dismay, that they were just getting started.  I'd created something I could no longer control.
Richard Hasen / SCOTUSblog:
Symposium: Does the Chief Justice not understand politics, or does he understand it all too well?
Discussion: The New Republic and News Desk
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Die Another Day  —  The Supreme Court takes a big step closer …
Washington Post:
Congress must stem the flow of campaign cash in wake of ‘McCutcheon’
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The chief either doesn't believe, or doesn't care, that money corrupts politics.
Bradley A. Smith / National Review:   Free Speech at Last: McCutcheon Decision Just Right
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Power Surge for Donors as Terrain Is Reshaped on Campaign Money
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:
I Fought the Law and I Won
Ann M. Ravel / New York Times:   How Not to Enforce Campaign Laws
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Kelly refuses to use Ft. Hood shooter's name  —  Fox News host Megyn Kelly said on her Wednesday show that she will not be saying the suspected Ft. Hood shooter's name as a policy.  —  “Authorities are identifying the shooter.  If you are interested you can get his name on other show …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
USA Today:
Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez had mental problems, saw no combat in Iraq  —  The man behind Wednesday's deadly shooting at Fort Hood had mental health issues and was being treated for depression and anxiety before he killed three people and wounded 16 others.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Four dead, 16 wounded in new mass shooting at Fort Hood
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Joe. My. God. and Politico
CBS News:
At least 4 killed in shooting at Fort Hood; gunman among dead
Charles G. Koch / Wall Street Journal:
Koch: I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society  —  Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.  —  I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives.  It is those principles—the principles of a free society …
Kathryn Mayer / BenefitsPro:
Gibbs predicts employer mandate will be killed  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— A former longtime advisor to President Barack Obama predicted Wednesday that the employer mandate — a key piece of Obamacare — will not survive.  —  It was among several predictions Robert Gibbs …
Associated Press:
US SECRETLY BUILT ‘CUBAN TWITTER’ TO STIR UNREST … WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” - a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.
Jonathan Helman / CNN:
Bill Clinton 'wouldn't be surprised' by an alien visit  —  (CNN) - It has been a question plaguing man for ages: Are we alone in the universe?  —  If you ask former President Bill Clinton, he would tell you that he “wouldn't be surprised” if we were visited by extraterrestrials someday.
Discussion: The Hill
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bill Clinton phones home on aliens
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Glenn Beck Does Not React Well To Obama's Health Care Victory Lap  —  These days, Glenn Beck's TV and radio programs are little more than exercises in projection and hypocrisy, so it was no surprise to see him have a complete meltdown on his radio program today over President Obama's remarks …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President … A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare —which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.  —  Our survey of likely voters, conducted for Morning Edition by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps …
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
It's Andrew Cuomo's Fault!  —  This year was supposed to be different in New York.  After failing to pass a comprehensive public financing system during the last legislative session, advocates for the measure believed this year, they would get the deed done, and New York state …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Obama Protester Attacks CBS Reporter During Live Report  —  An anti-Obama protester attacked CBS Chicago reporter Jay Levine during a live broadcast Wednesday afternoon from outside a restaurant where the president would attend a fundraiser.  —  “Obama is a war criminal,” …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Huffington Post
Laura Leslie / WRAL-TV:
State elections officials seek tighter security  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — State elections officials said Wednesday that they're investigating hundreds of cases of voters who appear to have voted in two states and several dozen who appear to have voted after their deaths.
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New York Post:
Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
New York Times:
Criminal Inquiry Said to Be Opened on Citigroup
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The GM Scandal Is Worse Than You Think
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Health Enrollment Numbers Lift Democratic Hopes
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Plum Line
Emily Le Coz / Reuters:
Mississippi Governor To Sign Anti-Gay Bill Into Law
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