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4:30 PM ET, March 29, 2015


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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: Daily Mail, Outsports and Advocate
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 …
Rick Callahan / Associated Press:
Indiana Governor: New Law ‘Not About Discrimination’
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Brendan Smialowski / ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Cruz: ‘I was not a community organizer’  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the only major declared Republican presidential candidate, is defending his credentials as a freshman senator while pursuing a White House bid.  —  “Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Cruz vows to shun negative campaigning
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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.
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Martin O'Malley Takes Aim At Hillary Clinton's ‘Crown’  —  Martin O'Malley on Sunday sounded awfully like someone who plans on challenging Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary.  —  Appearing on ABC's This Week, the former governor of Maryland talked about the country's need for “new perspective” and “new leadership.”
Discussion: ABC News
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   O'Malley: No one's ‘inevitable’ for 2016
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Jim Gilmore: I have experience other 2016 GOP hopefuls lack
Discussion: Liberaland
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Netanyahu urges Senate leaders against Iran deal  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a Sunday appearance alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make clear that the GOP-led Congress shares Netanyahu's skepticism that the Obama administration can strike …
Discussion: The Week
Agence France-Presse:
Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
Boston Herald:
Reid heads for the exit  —  By:  —  There is a reason Harry Reid became the Senate minority leader this year.  The Nevada Democrat, who yesterday announced his decision not to seek reelection in 2016, deserves a huge share of the blame for the sorry showing of his party in the mid-term elections.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Business Insider:
How Chuck Schumer rose to the top of the US Senate
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
Sean Kelly /
Drunk ‘Frat Boy’ Bites Hamster's Head Off At Spring Break Party  —  A college student was caught on video drunkenly biting the head off of a hamster.  —  “Oh my f**king, god!  No way!” a fellow student yelled at the beginning of the video, just as the frat boy in question grabs the hamster.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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, Mediaite and Gothamist
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.”
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Hit & Run
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CBS News:
Poll: Who would Americans consider voting for in 2016?
Discussion: Mediaite and Bloomberg Business
Hugo Dixon / New York Times:
Greeks Need Their Leader to Be Tough
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Teens get jaywalking tickets in ER after de Blasio crackdown
Discussion: Daily Mail and Gothamist
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
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Google controls what we buy, the news we read — and Obama's policies
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Question about Michael Brown leads to beating on St. Louis light rail train
Discussion: BizPac Review
Continuous strikes in capital
Discussion: WHNT-TV and The Gateway Pundit
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What Really Happened to Harry Reid? Part 2
The talk show primary
Discussion: Salon