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10:10 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
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Power Surge for Donors as Terrain Is Reshaped on Campaign Money
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   John Roberts's rules of money in politics
Bradley A. Smith / National Review:   Free Speech at Last: McCutcheon Decision Just Right
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:
I Fought the Law and I Won
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Daily Caller
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
SCOTUS on money and politics: A reader's guide
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
How The Supreme Court Just Legalized Money Laundering By Rich Campaign Donors
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 in Rampage  —  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.
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
Dana Ford / CNN:
Fatalities reported in Fort Hood shooting
Recent Updates for Fort Hood Press Center:
Shooting incident at Fort Hood
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
DOJ silent on spy chief investigation  —  Months after requesting an investigation into Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to Congress, lawmakers have yet to get an update from the Justice Department.  —  Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the original author of the Patriot Act …
Tom Williams / Roll Call:
Intelligence Director Appears to Concede NSA Searched Communications (Video)
Discussion: Hot Air
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Health Enrollment Numbers Lift Democratic Hopes  —  WASHINGTON — After months of pummeling by Republicans and with a grim election season approaching, Democrats on Tuesday had a rare bright day.  President Obama's announcement that the new health care plan had enrolled 7.1 million Americans coincided …
Discussion: The Plum Line and VodkaPundit
Emily Le Coz / Reuters:
Mississippi Governor To Sign Anti-Gay Bill Into Law  —  Mississippi's governor said he will sign a religious freedom bill approved by state lawmakers over the objections of opponents who say it could be used as an excuse to refuse services to gays and minorities.
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Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Obama Protester Attacks CBS Reporter During Live Report
Discussion: Liberaland and The Huffington Post
Jonathan Helman / CNN:
Bill Clinton 'wouldn't be surprised' by an alien visit
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Malloy / Political Insider blog:
Video: David Perdue knocks the “high school graduate in this race”
Angus King:
Senators Collins, King Announce Support for Declassification of Intelligence Committee Report …
Luke O'Neil / Mediaite:
Brave Marine Steals Upside-Down American Flag from Scooter-Riding Hippie Protester
Mary Meehan / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky extends deadline for signing up for health insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos and
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Another Data Point For Greater Nationalization of Election Administration
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
No, Mr. President  —  President Obama said yesterday: