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11:40 AM ET, April 3, 2014


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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
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
A Few Data Points on the Supreme Court's Donor-Limit Decision  —  The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down biennial aggregate campaign contribution limits.  For 2014, the overall limit was $123,200.  There was a lower limit of $74,600 for donations to PACs and party committees …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's rules of money in politics  —  Chief Justice John Roberts has a blunt message for wealthy donors tired of campaign finance rules: Fund a super PAC.  —  It's simpler, he wrote in his McCutcheon v. FEC opinion Wednesday, than dealing with a web of interlocking fundraising committees.
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.
Lawrence Lessig / The Daily Beast:
Originalists Making It Up Again: McCutcheon and ‘Corruption’  —  The Supreme Court decision ending aggregate limits on political donations was made possible by a dangerous, narrow definition of “corruption” the Framers themselves wouldn't recognize.  —  At the core of the disaster …
Washington Post:
Congress must stem the flow of campaign cash in wake of ‘McCutcheon’
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Bradley A. Smith / National Review:   Free Speech at Last: McCutcheon Decision Just Right
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The chief either doesn't believe, or doesn't care, that money corrupts politics.
Ann M. Ravel / New York Times:   How Not to Enforce Campaign Laws
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Power Surge for Donors as Terrain Is Reshaped on Campaign Money
Shaun McCutcheon / Politico:
I Fought the Law and I Won
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Daily Caller
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Freeing more political money
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 …
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.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Kelly refuses to use Ft. Hood shooter's name
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Four dead, 16 wounded in new mass shooting at Fort Hood
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Politico
One Death Confirmed In Fort Hood Shooting
Reports of a Shooting on Fort Hood
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.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Glenn Beck Does Not React Well To Obama's Health Care Victory Lap  —  These days, Glenn Beck's TV and radio programs are little more than exercises in projection and hypocrisy, so it was no surprise to see him have a complete meltdown on his radio program today over President Obama's remarks …
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.
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Obama Protester Attacks CBS Reporter During Live Report  —  An anti-Obama protester attacked CBS Chicago reporter Jay Levine during a live broadcast Wednesday afternoon from outside a restaurant where the president would attend a fundraiser.  —  “Obama is a war criminal,” …
Discussion: Liberaland and The Huffington Post
Kathryn Mayer / BenefitsPro:
Gibbs predicts employer mandate will be killed  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— A former longtime advisor to President Barack Obama predicted Wednesday that the employer mandate — a key piece of Obamacare — will not survive.  —  It was among several predictions Robert Gibbs …
Mara Liasson / NPR:
NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President … A new bipartisan NPR poll shows approval numbers rising for Obamacare —which is now slightly more popular than its namesake.  —  Our survey of likely voters, conducted for Morning Edition by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps …
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
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