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3:20 AM ET, April 3, 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.
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 …
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 …
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:   I fought the law and I won
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Caps on Total Campaign Giving Voided by U.S. High Court
Supreme Court strikes down aggregate campaign giving limits
Discussion: 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.
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 …
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
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:
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 …
Discussion: Gawker and 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  —  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.
Mary Meehan / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kentucky extends deadline for signing up for health insurance  —  If you thought you missed your chance to sign up in Kentucky for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act, think again.  —  Following a surge in last-minute applications, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that the state will extend its deadline.
Discussion: Daily Kos and
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Is it mission accomplished for ObamaCare?
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   No, Mr. President  —  President Obama said yesterday:
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act
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.
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
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
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 …
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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Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Rubio to decide on 2016 White House run ‘around this time next year’
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’
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Ex-Intel Analyst Gets Prison for Documents Leak
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jindal dismisses ACA numbers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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The Hill:
Ryan's final $5.1T cut
Michelle Malkin:
Dear Mr. Colbert: Me so stupid. You so funny!
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