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11:50 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 …
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.
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How The Supreme Court Just Legalized Money Laundering By Rich Campaign Donors
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:   I fought the law and I won
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
SCOTUS on money and politics: A reader's guide
Discussion: Firedoglake and Right Turn
Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign giving limits
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Glass /
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.
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 …
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 …
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: NBC News, WFPL 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:
4 Dead and 16 Injured in Fort Hood Attack
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 …
Laura Leslie / WRAL-TV:
State elections officials seek tighter security
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.
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 …
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 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:
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 …
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.
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Intelligence Director Appears to Concede NSA Searched Communications (Video)  —  The National Security Agency may have read your communications, albeit under limited circumstances.  —  That seems to be the takeaway of a newly-released letter from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr …
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Wigglesworth /
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
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.
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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’
Discussion: Washington Post and Weasel Zippers
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Ex-Intel Analyst Gets Prison for Documents Leak
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
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