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3:20 PM ET, April 3, 2014


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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
How McCutcheon Could Come Back to Haunt the Republican Party  —  When my kids were younger, I loved to roughhouse with them.  For a while, we'd all have fun.  But then I'd get tired and want to stop, only to realize, to my dismay, that they were just getting started.  I'd created something I could no longer control.
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
The John Roberts Project  —  If you think that the Supreme Court's decision today in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was bad, just wait: worse may be on the way.  —  The issue before the Court was fairly narrow, even a little obscure.  Congress bars individuals from contributing …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ABC News
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 …
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 The Reaction
Lawrence Lessig / The Daily Beast:
Originalists Making It Up Again: McCutcheon and ‘Corruption’
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The chief either doesn't believe, or doesn't care, that money corrupts politics.
Washington Post:
Congress must stem the flow of campaign cash in wake of ‘McCutcheon’
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Kelly refuses to use Ft. Hood shooter's name  —  Fox News host Megyn Kelly said on her Wednesday show that she will not be saying the suspected Ft. Hood shooter's name as a policy.  —  “Authorities are identifying the shooter.  If you are interested you can get his name on other show …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Both Fort Hood Shooters Bought Their Guns At The Same Store  —  The man identified as the gunman in Wednesday's mass shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas purchased his gun from the same store where Major Nidal Hasan purchased a gun he used when he killed 13 people at the base in 2009, according to reports.
Discussion: Liberaland and CNN
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fort Hood Shooter Had .45-Caliber Pistol That Wasn't Registered On Base
Discussion: Liberaland
Washington Post:
Here are the rules on carrying firearms on Fort Hood
Discussion: Fox News, Post Politics and Twitchy
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 …
Associated Press:
US SECRETLY CREATED ‘CUBAN TWITTER’ TO STIR UNREST  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches …
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.
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 …
New York Post:
Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’  —  An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.
Jonathan Helman / CNN:
Bill Clinton 'wouldn't be surprised' by an alien visit  —  (CNN) - It has been a question plaguing man for ages: Are we alone in the universe?  —  If you ask former President Bill Clinton, he would tell you that he “wouldn't be surprised” if we were visited by extraterrestrials someday.
Discussion: The Hill and Shakesville
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Bill Clinton phones home on aliens
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alix Spiegel / National Security:
So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent … The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.  —  It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Latest Benghazi hearing is another Republican flop  —  House Republicans on Wednesday held Benghazi hearing number 1,372,569, give or take, and this time they were determined to find the proof that had eluded them in the previous 1,372,568: That Obama administration officials put politics before national security.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Bobby Jindal: Conservatives ‘absolutely’ can't give up fight to repeal Obamacare  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE 2016 ELECTIONS BOBBY JINDAL  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal came to Washington on Wednesday with a message to those arguing that conservatives would have to operate within …
Gov. Bobby Jindal / Fox News:
Real health care reform: Give states the tools, and let them do the job
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 …
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New Jersey Online:
Star-Ledger cuts 167 jobs, including 40 newsroom positions
Abby Rapoport / American Prospect:
It's Andrew Cuomo's Fault!
Discussion: Capital New York
Michelle Cottle / The Daily Beast:
Earn Your Degree in... Lobbying?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:
Criminal Inquiry Said to Be Opened on Citigroup
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Sam Baker /
15-20 Percent Aren't Paying Obamacare Premiums, Insurer Says
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Health Enrollment Numbers Lift Democratic Hopes
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Obama Protester Attacks CBS Reporter During Live Report
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
John Roberts's rules of money in politics
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Emily Le Coz / Reuters:
Mississippi Governor To Sign Anti-Gay Bill Into Law