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1:20 PM ET, March 30, 2015


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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’  —  In December, Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, made his debut as an on-air contributor on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” offering his outsider's perspective, as a biracial South African, on the United States.
1 dead after shooting at NSA gate at Fort Meade  —  Authorities say one person is dead and two people have been hospitalized following a shooting at the gates of the National Security Agency in Fort Meade.  —  FOX 5 has learned that around 9 a.m. Monday, a vehicle tried to bypass a secured entrance to the NSA complex.
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Tried to Ram Past Checkpoint, Officials Say … One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.  —  Two men dressed as women attempted to …
Discussion: Associated Press and
Washington Post:
One killed in incident at NSA on Fort Meade campus  —  Shots were fired Monday morning after two people in a vehicle tried to ram a gate at Fort Meade, a military installation in Anne Arundel County, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.
Cbssonia / CBS Baltimore:
1 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting After Gate-Crashing Incident At NSA, Ft. Meade
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and NPR
Tim Cook / Washington Post:
Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous  —  Tim Cook is chief executive of Apple.  —  There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country.  —  A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors.
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 …
New York Times:
Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:   O'Malley: Nuclear Iran ‘greatest man-made threat’
Julian Borger / Guardian:
Binyamin Netanyahu denounces Iran nuclear negotiations
Discussion: Common Dreams
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Elizabeth Warren plays Ted Cruz card with House Democrats  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is meeting with House Democrats in an effort to push back against President Obama's trade agenda.  —  The liberal senator met Tuesday with a group of House Democrats before administration officials …
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Boehner, Israel and race
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to Netanyahu: Your move
Discussion: US News and The Times of Israel
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Tom Schweich, found dead  —  UPDATED at 7:30 a.m. with comment from former Gov. Matt Blunt  —  JEFFERSON CITY  • Veteran Missouri state official Spence Jackson, who was media director for the late state auditor Tom Schweich, was found dead Sunday, sources said.
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Steve Kornacki /
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Why Hillary Clinton Will Launch 2016 Campaign Soon
Discussion: ABC News and Bloomberg Business
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Why are interest rates so low?  —  Interest rates around the world, both short-term and long-term, are exceptionally low these days.  The U.S. government can borrow for ten years at a rate of about 1.9 percent, and for thirty years at about 2.5 percent.  Rates in other industrial countries …
Paul Farrell / Guardian:
Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers  —  Exclusive: Obama, Putin, Merkel, Cameron, Modi and others kept in the dark after passport numbers and other details were disclosed in Australia's accidental privacy breach  — Read the immigration department's letter outlining …
Discussion: ABC,, NPR, Raw Story and Mashable
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
You are probably breaking the law right now  —  When lawmakers don't even know how many laws exist, how can citizens be expected to follow them?  —  Ignorance of the law, we are often told, is no excuse.  “Every man is presumed to know the law,” says a long-established legal aphorism.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
State Attorneys Tell Supreme Court That Gay People Are Too Powerful To Have Equal Rights  —  Ohio does not want to recognize plaintiff Jim Obergefell's marriage to his late husband.  —  CREDIT: AP  —  Gay Americans simply have too much political power to be afforded equal rights under the Constitution …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
2 Federal Agents in Silk Road Case Face Fraud Charges  —  Two former federal agents are expected to be arrested on Monday on charges of stealing money while working undercover on an investigation into Silk Road, the once-thriving black market website for drug dealing, a document shows.
Discussion: The Verge and TalkLeft
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Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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Nick Gass / Politico:
President Obama to travel to Kenya in July
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 Earlier Items: 
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court may hear case on school barring American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo
Discussion: Liberaland
Elizabeth Yale / The Atlantic Online:
When Do Official Documents Belong to the Public?
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Cruz is no Barry Goldwater, McCain and Flake say
Discussion: Blog for Arizona
New York Times:
In Delaying Vote on Loretta Lynch as Attorney General, G.O.P. Is in a Quandary
Gary Buiso / New York Post:
Weather Underground bomber unmasked — as city schoolteacher
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Mail