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9:30 PM ET, March 30, 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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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
Discussion: WGN-TV
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Connecticut's Governor Doesn't Understand His Own State's RFRA
William C. Rhoden / New York Times:   Off the Dribble and Into a Firestorm in Indiana
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’  —  Andrew Sullivan, the man who practically invented blogging and Mediaite's own personal Jesus, revealed in an interview that he'd shut down The Dish because of the emotional tolls of blogging at a grueling pace.
Discussion: Liberaland
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: FOX News Radio
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Obamacare ‘death panel’ challenge  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a “death panel” because it was designed to cut Medicare costs.
Discussion: Daily Kos and LifeNews.com
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
State Attorneys Tell Supreme Court That Gay People Are Too Powerful To Have Equal Rights
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Supreme Court won't hear case on Obamacare Medicare board
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 abc7news.com
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myfoxdc.com:
1 dead after shooting at NSA gate at Fort Meade
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Hillary Clinton advisers take early state tour  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign manager-in-waiting Robby Mook and Democratic operative Marlon Marshall are spending time in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, meeting with political influencers in the first two voting states in the presidential nominating process …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Steve Kornacki / msnbc.com:
The man who thinks he can beat Hillary
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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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 …
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
After a story is published, a minimum wage worker loses her job  —  Shanna Tippen was another hourly worker at the bottom of the nation's economy, looking forward to a 25 cent bump in the Arkansas minimum wage that would make it easier for her to buy diapers for her grandson.
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.
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.
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Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Poll: Republicans say Obama more of an ‘imminent threat’ than Putin
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Ex-Gov: Obama's ‘Inciting’ Birthers By Planning Trip To Kenya (VIDEO)  —  Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) said on Monday during an appearance on Fox News that President Obama is “inciting” birther conspiracy theorists by planning a trip to Kenya this summer.
Stacy Lange / WNEP-TV:
Man Killed by Falling Headstone While Decorating Family Grave … THROOP — A man was killed when a headstone fell on him Monday morning, according to police.  —  Throop police are calling this a horrible tragedy.  The chief confirmed that a 74-year-old man was killed when one of the headstones …
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Mother Jones:
O'Reilly Cameraman Disputes Fox News Host's Falklands “War Zone” Story  —  O'Reilly claimed he rescued his bleeding cameraman during a riot in Argentina.  But the journo who shot O'Reilly's video says this didn't happen.  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly continues to insist that he never misrepresented …
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.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
New spa-like abortion clinic is part of a trend to ‘destigmatize’ the procedure  —  Carafem is a new abortion clinic that promises a “spa-like” experience for women with a very open and unabashed approach to pregnancy termination.  Melissa S. Grant, Vice President of Health Services, left …
 
 
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Mick Mulvaney / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and BarbWire.com
Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
A Local Bank in Amish Country Flourishes Amid Dearth of Small Lenders
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize
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Amélie Zaccour / The Daily Beast:
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg Business:
George Pataki Says Bet on Him to Run For President
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Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
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New York Times:
Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal