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12:30 PM ET, March 29, 2015

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Tim Swarens / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Gov. Mike Pence to push for clarification of ‘religious freedom’ law  —  Gov. Mike Pence, scorched by a fast-spreading political firestorm, told The Star on Saturday that he will support the introduction of legislation to “clarify” that Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act does …
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Michael Conroy / ABC News:
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Won't Change  —  Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act would not be changing, state Gov. Mike Pence said today during an exclusive interview on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Pence said that the issue had been turned into …
Discussion: Associated Press
Doug Sosnik / Politico:
America's hinge moment  —  Presidential politics in 2016 will reflect the shifting reality of America.  —  Lead image by AP Photo. … - Michelle Obama, race and the Ivy League  — The talk show primary  —  The country is going through the most significant period of change since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
RNC on Clinton: 'Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes'  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Hillary Clinton on Saturday for wiping her server and permanently deleting all emails.  —  “Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes,” Priebus said in a statement.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Ready for 45?  —  MIAMI — JAMES BAKER can take credit for two presidencies and one vice presidency in the Bush family.  —  So it's a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task.  —  At first Jeb Bush tried to distance himself from Baker distantly.  He had his spokeswoman …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What Really Happened to Harry Reid?  Part 2  —  Scott wrote here about Harry Reid's announcement that he will not run for re-election, a decision which, Reid was quick to say, was not the result of his “elastic exercise band” accident.  In January, I wrote OK, So What Really Happened to Harry Reid?
Eric Foner / New York Times:
Why Reconstruction Matters  —  THE surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, 150 years ago next month, effectively ended the Civil War.  Preoccupied with the challenges of our own time, Americans will probably devote little attention to the sesquicentennial of Reconstruction …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Question about Michael Brown leads to beating on St. Louis light rail train  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Huckabee shares ‘untold secret’ of his support  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday brushed off the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would intrude on his turf among conservative Christian voters.  —  “My base is really beyond just evangelicals,” Huckabee said on CBS's “Face the Nation.”
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Post:
Heartless visitors snap selfies at East Village blast site  —  Self-absorbed jerks are treating the East Village gas-explosion site like a tourist attraction, shooting grinning selfies of themselves even as rescuers search for life in the ruins where two bodies might still be buried.
Discussion: BizPac Review and Gothamist
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Netanyahu warns Senate leaders on Iran deal  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally told Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid this weekend of his continued “deep concern” over a potential nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.
Discussion: The Week
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran's Behalf'  —  An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected.  In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Jim Gilmore: I have experience other 2016 GOP hopefuls lack  —  Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) said Sunday his party's likely candidates for the next presidential election look lost on two key issues — foreign policy and the economy.  —  Gilmore, himself a 2016 White House hopeful …
Ynetnews:
Yemen is just part of Iran's Mideast master plan  —  Analysis: Israel has spent five years warning that Iran seeks Shiite domination of the Muslim world, and the Gulf States know by now not to rely on the Obama administration.  —  Operation Storm of Resolve, designed to rescue Yemen President …
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CNN:
Continuous strikes in capital
Discussion: WHNT-TV and The Gateway Pundit
Daily Mail:
'I'm planning a heinous act that will be remembered forever': Killer pilot's ex-lover says he shared chilling prophecy before Alps crash and woke up from nightmares shouting 'We're going down'  — Andreas Lubitz told former girlfriend he was planning an act so horrifying his name would be remembered forever
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Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
Bush Gets Intelligence Group Award
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
To Avert Repeat of 2008, Clinton Team Hopes to Keep Bill at His Best
Discussion: Power Line
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama's policies
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How Chuck Schumer rose to the top of the US Senate
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Politico:
The talk show primary
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Paul Bowers / News+Opinion, Charleston City Paper:
Former SCGOP head accused of threatening his wife
Daily Mail:
Eating strawberries saved my life, says Army nurse cured of Ebola after being first in world to take experimental drug
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
A Wi-Fi Barbie Doll With the Soul of Siri
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