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2:55 AM ET, March 31, 2015

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Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?  —  In Indianapolis, a crowd protests the new law.  (Nathan Chute/Reuters )  —  No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith.  —  And he wasn't particularly a “still, small voice” man either …
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Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Jeb Bush On The Indiana Law, Iran, and Hillary  —  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is making a California swing this week, and came by the studio today:  —  Audio:  —  03-30hhs-bush-1  —  03-30hhs-bush-2  —  Transcript:  —  HH: I begin with a great drop-in guest, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush joins me in the studio.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Eroding Freedom in the Name of Freedom  —  When the federal government adopted a religious protection act in 1993, same-sex marriage was not on the horizon.  —  An informal coalition of liberals and conservatives endorsed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it seemed to protect members …
Mike Pence / Wall Street Journal:
Ensuring Religious Freedom in Indiana  —  Our new law has been grossly misconstrued as a ‘license to discriminate.’ That isn't true, and here's why.  —  By  —  Last week I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA, which ensures that Indiana law will respect religious freedom …
Indianapolis Star:
Gov. Pence, fix ‘religious freedom’ law now  —  We are at a critical moment in Indiana's history.  —  And much is at stake.  —  Our image.  Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome.  And our efforts over many years to retool our economy …
Tom Davies / Associated Press:
Indiana Lawmakers Try to Quiet Firestorm Surrounding New Law  —  Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an “Indy Welcomes All” campaign ahead of this weekend's Final Four as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Rubio backs religious freedom law  —  Likely presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) backed Indiana's controversial religious freedom law, painting it as a necessary way to stop the government from forcing business owners to violate their religion.  —  “No one here is saying …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Ben Carson Has a Hot Take on Indiana's ‘Religious Freedom’ Law  —  Remember when Ben Carson said he wasn't going to talk about gay rights issues anymore?  —  Well, apparently that does not apply to Indiana's controversial “religious freedom” law that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers.
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Swoyer / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Absolutely Vital’ Americans Stand Up For Indiana's Religious Freedom Law  —  Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 presidential contender, tells Breitbart News that it is “absolutely vital” Americans stand up for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's new religious freedom law.
Emily Zanotti / American Spectator:
Wilco Cancels IN Show But Not Shows In 9 Other RFRA States  —  Wilco, which is a band that you'll know if, like me, you were a depressed kid in college in the early 2000s, who thought that listening to whiny musicians would make you seem “cooler” to the other depressed kids in college in the early 2000s …
Discussion: WGN-TV
Jonathan H. Adler / Washington Post:
What will the Indiana religious freedom law really do?
William C. Rhoden / New York Times:   Off the Dribble and Into a Firestorm in Indiana
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Connecticut's Governor Doesn't Understand His Own State's RFRA
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Andrew Sullivan: Blogging nearly killed me  —  For years, Andrew Sullivan blogged at a prolific rate.  —  His prodigious output was supplemented by dispatches from readers, public debates with fellow bloggers and ruminations on everything from the Geneva Conventions to “South Park.”
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Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Andrew Sullivan: I Stopped Blogging Because ‘It Was Killing Me’
Discussion: Liberaland
Steve Kornacki / msnbc.com:
The man who thinks he can beat Hillary  —  Hillary Clinton will be opposed by a real, actual, credible Democrat for her party's presidential nomination.  —  That's the takeaway from Martin O'Malley's Sunday appearance on ABC's “This Week,” during which the former Maryland governor previewed …
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:   Hillary Clinton advisers take early state tour
John Fund / National Review:
Hillary: The Democrats' Nixon
Discussion: New York Times and Hot Air
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court rejects free speech appeal over Cinco de Mayo school dispute  —  CBS Local - Officials in Morgan Hill are concerned about protesters converging at Live Oak High School on Cinco de Mayo, after a court upheld the school's decision to discipline students wearing American flag ...more t-shirts.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Obamacare ‘death panel’ challenge
Discussion: Daily Kos and LifeNews.com
Jake Malooley / Chicago Reader:
Rahm Emanuel hates Illinois Nazis!  —  Like Jake Blues, Rahm Emanuel hates Illinois Nazis.  —  On July 9, 1978, a shirtless and sun-browned 18-year-old Rahm was among a group of Jewish people and other activists who gathered in Marquette Park on the city's southwest side to demonstrate …
Discussion: Chicago and Washington Post
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National Journal:
If there is a viable alternative to Emanuel's approach, Garcia is not airing it.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The conspiracy theory around Harry Reid's exercise accident, explained  —  Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner and Fox News contributor, has some questions about Harry Reid: … Behind this somewhat enigmatic tweet lies a rather elaborate conspiracy theory. @jhinderaker …
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr. sends note to Washington Post staff about 2015  —  Washington Post Publisher Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. sent the following note to staff today:  —  Dear Washington Post Colleagues,  —  This week will mark six months since you welcomed me to this extraordinary publication.
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
After a story is published, a minimum wage worker loses her job  —  The North Blake Street area of Pine Bluff is home to many fast food restaurants, convenience stores and other minimum wage employers.  (Russ Scalf for The Washington Post)  —  This article has been updated as of 7:30 p.m.
Dhaka Tribune:
Blogger Oyasiqur hacked to death  —  Two madrasa students have been detained for their alleged involvement with the killing  —  Radical Islamists hacked to death secular blogger Md Oyasiqur Rahman Babu Monday morning in Tejgaon, Dhaka allegedly for his atheist views.
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Discussion: Bloomberg View
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
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