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6:30 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.
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?
Tim Cook / Washington Post:
Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Connecticut's Governor Doesn't Understand His Own State's RFRA
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Common Dreams
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg Business:
George Pataki Says Bet on Him to Run For President  —  The Republican says he's closer to entering the field than ever.  —  George Pataki, the former three-term New York governor, has a tip for gamblers: Place your chips on his running for president.  —  Pataki has traveled …
Discussion: Political Wire and Shakesville
Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio Confirms that He'll Announce His 2016 Plans on April 13  —  April 13 is officially a day to watch.  Senator Marco Rubio confirmed Friday that he will make an announcement on that day regarding his political future, and whether he will run for president or the Senate.
Mick Mulvaney / Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Budget Is a Deficit Bust  —  Defense hawks say 'freedom isn't free.' They're right.  So let's pay for it with spending cuts, not by borrowing.  —  By  —  Mick Mulvaney  —  Last week Republicans in the House and Senate passed budgets that took the Budget Control Act of 2011 and threw it out the window.
Discussion: BarbWire.com and Hit & Run
 
 
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
A Local Bank in Amish Country Flourishes Amid Dearth of Small Lenders
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Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize
Politico:
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Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Dairy farmers, in dire need of workers, feel helpless as immigration reform sours
Amélie Zaccour / The Daily Beast:
Gay Refugees From ISIS
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business:
FDA ‘Taking a Very Light Touch’ on Regulating the Apple Watch
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
For millennials, homosexuality more acceptable than casual sex
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Supreme Court won't hear case on Obamacare Medicare board
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Obama's next earthquake
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Duckworth running for Senate
Politico:
House Whip Steve Scalise: Conservatives are the GOP's future
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
You are probably breaking the law right now
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Ben S. Bernanke / Brookings Institute:
Why are interest rates so low?