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8:05 AM ET, April 3, 2014


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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.
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 and Mother Jones
Bradley A. Smith / National Review:
Free Speech at Last: McCutcheon Decision Just Right  —  The Supreme Court took another step toward protecting political speech Tuesday by rejecting arbitrary campaign-finance restrictions.  In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Court struck down an aggregate limit Americans …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Power Surge for Donors  —  Big donors, leaders of political parties and candidates with access to wealthy supporters will be the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court decision issued on Wednesday, a ruling that could fundamentally reshape the political terrain in the 2014 elections and beyond.
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:   I fought the law and I won
Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign giving limits
Discussion: OpEdNews, The Fix and CNN
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
SCOTUS on money and politics: A reader's guide
Discussion: Firedoglake and Right Turn
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.
New York Times:
Iraq Veteran at Fort Hood Kills 3 and Himself  —  KILLEEN, Tex. — A soldier who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding 16 before killing himself, the authorities said.  The shooting set off …
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 …
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
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: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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  —  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.
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.
Discussion: Liberaland and Mashable
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 …
Angus King:
Senators Collins, King Announce Support for Declassification of Intelligence Committee Report on CIA Detention & Interrogation Program  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced their decision to vote in favor of declassifying the Findings & Conclusions …
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 …
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.
Luke O'Neil / Mediaite:
Brave Marine Steals Upside-Down American Flag from Scooter-Riding Hippie Protester  —  Over the past week there was a series of jokes going around Twitter amongst myself and my America-hating liberal pals called Marine Todd, that satirized the sort of sanctimonious, military …
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Mary Meehan / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky extends deadline for signing up for health insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos and
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is it mission accomplished for ObamaCare?
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Intelligence Director Appears to Concede NSA Searched Communications (Video)
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Another Data Point For Greater Nationalization of Election Administration
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Democrats target unmarried female voters
David Nakamura / Post Politics:
Obama calls GOP budget plan a ‘stinkburger’
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
No, Mr. President  —  President Obama said yesterday:
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Ex-Intel Analyst Gets Prison for Documents Leak
Discussion: Just Security and Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jindal dismisses ACA numbers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
David Remnick / News Desk:
Putin's Nightingales
Alex Wigglesworth /
Penn investigates wild women's lacrosse party at Fado
Discussion: Unfogged