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3:05 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
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.
Spectrum:
Owner alters Barista's infamous bull  —  HURRICANE - Barista's bull, which has garnered heated complaints from residents in the Hurricane Valley area, suddenly changed — the genitalia has been removed.  —  Stephen Ward, owner of the restaurant, said he woke up Friday and realized the sculpture …
Discussion: Consumerist and BizPac Review
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.
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 …
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Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
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