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2:50 AM ET, March 26, 2014


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Justice Kennedy Thinks Hobby Lobby Is An Abortion Case — That's Bad News For Birth Control  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Justice Anthony Kennedy thinks gay people are fabulous.  All three of the Supreme Court's most important gay rights decisions were written by Justice Kennedy.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: One hearing, two dramas  —  The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely …
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Live Blog: Contraception Cases at Supreme Court  —  On Tuesday, Hobby Lobby, a 600-store chain based in Oklahoma City, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., an East Earl, Pa., cabinet maker, will argue for an exemption from federal regulations requiring health insurance policies …
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Peace in the culture wars — if the Left wants it
Discussion: National Review
Gene Robinson / USA Today:
Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace  —  The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Republicans losing it over new Obamacare data: Why their position is collapsing
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
New anti-Obamacare ad makes misleading claims (video)
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is Nate Silver Biting the Hoof That Feeds?  —  After a rocky rollout of the new FiveThirtyEight site, producing considerable criticism of specific posts and of the general claims being made for “data journalism,” Nate Silver's getting a new round of criticism, this time specifically from Democrats …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Slate
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Video captures Braley criticizing Grassley as ‘a farmer from Iowa’  —  Video shot at a private fundraiser for Bruce Braley caught the Iowa Democrat warning that “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” might become the next judiciary committee chairman.
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree  —  In new video footage released Tuesday, Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate running to replace Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, disparages fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Dem Braley Apologizes For Warning ‘Farmer’ Could Run Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Mediaite
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Christian School Tells Eight-Year-Old Girl She Looks Too Much Like A Boy
Office of Media Relations:
GW Battleground Poll  —  Americans continue to hold pessimistic views about the health of the economy and the overall direction of the nation, shows a new George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters.  Read the full press release.  —  Previous Polls  —  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Poll Results
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Democratic pollster predicts ‘huge turnout disadvantage’ in 2014
Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
Poll Shows Democrats' Big Push Against The Kochs Might Not Make Any Sense
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking  —  Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Michelle: ‘There Were Actually Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People Like Me’  —  First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China.  She talked about the American dream: … But warned that not everything is perfect.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weasel Zippers
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Split Appeals Court Rules No More Michigan Same-Sex Marriages During Appeal  —  “We GRANT Michigan's motion to stay the district court's order pending final disposition of Michigan's appeal by this court.”  —  Mary Black, left, and her wife Sarah Weinstein hug after being married …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Maya Rodriguez / KUSA-TV:
Act of compassion violates school dress code policy  —  Act of compassion violates school dress code policy.  9NEWS at 9 p.m. 03/24/14.  —  What started out as a kind gesture is turning into a battle over whether hair, or the lack of it, should matter in school.  —  CONNECT
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Reid paid granddaughter for “holiday gifts” to give donors, supporters  —  Update, 2:30PM: Reid will reimburse campaign: “I thought it would be nice to give supporters and staff thank-you gifts that had a personal connection and a Searchlight connection, but I have decided to reimburse the campaign for the amount of the expenditure.”
Steve Erickson / American Prospect:
After the Midterms: Impeachment?  —  As analysts and strategists and politicos keep reminding us, Barack Obama isn't on the ballot this coming midterm election, except for the way in which he is.  It's now clear to anyone who doesn't need it spelled out—and if you do, increasingly …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and rubber hose
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman Defends Russian Actions In Crimea: “Not One Person Was Killed”  —  “Yet we have to go and condemn the Russians, of course, when no one lost their life in an attempt to make sure the people of Crimea had a right to control their destiny and their own self-determination,” California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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Fox News:
Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 24
Discussion: Mashable and Fox News Insider
The Express Tribune:
Polio worker kidnapped from Chamkani found dead
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Gateway Pundit
Bob Cesca / The Daily Banter:
Obama to Propose the Privatization of NSA's Metadata Collection Program
Josh Harkinson / Mother Jones:
Citing Ukraine, Hawks Push for New Spending on Nukes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Liberaland
Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Brock blasts ‘political smutmongers,’ Rand Paul
Sailor, civilian killed in shooting at Virginia naval station
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and Shakesville
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Matt Vespa / CNSNews:
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