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4:45 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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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.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Whoops: Indiana's anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ act opens the door for the First Church of Cannabis
Jonathan H. Adler / Washington Post:
What will the Indiana religious freedom law really do?
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Connecticut's Governor Doesn't Understand His Own State's RFRA
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.
myfoxdc.com:
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.
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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: abc7news.com
Washington Post:
One killed in incident at NSA on Fort Meade campus
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.”
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.
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
John Sununu Bashes Obama's Kenya Trip: ‘Inciting Chatter’ on Birther Issue
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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Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
Martin O'Malley: The Challenger Who Dares Not Speak Clinton's Name
John Fund / National Review:
Hillary: The Democrats' Nixon
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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 …
New York Times:
2 Ex-Federal Agents in Silk Road Case Are Charged With Fraud  —  Two former federal agents have been charged with money laundering and fraud stemming from their investigation into Silk Road, the once-thriving black market website for drug dealing, a criminal complaint shows.
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Federal Agents Charged With Bitcoin Money Laundering and Wire Fraud
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, The Jawa Report and NPR
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.
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
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Obama's next earthquake  —  President Obama's rhetorical assault on Benjamin Netanyahu last week was in part the product of pique.  But it also set the stage for what could be another crockery-breaking bid by Obama for a foreign policy legacy, on a par with his opening to Cuba and would-be nuclear deal with Iran.
Discussion: National Review
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Clinton Wants to Improve Ties With Israel
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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 …
Politico:
EPA's McCarthy: Keystone alone wouldn't be climate disaster  —  The EPA chief says no single project will cause a catastrophe for the climate.  —  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that building the Keystone XL pipeline alone would not be a disaster for the climate, as some opponents of the project contend.
Discussion: Mashable
 
 
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National Journal:
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
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New York Times:
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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Elizabeth Warren plays Ted Cruz card with House Democrats
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