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9:15 AM ET, March 31, 2015

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
In Indiana, Using Religion as a Cover for Bigotry  —  Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, who last week signed a religious-freedom law driven by bigotry against gays and lesbians, has been complaining that the law's opponents — which include top business leaders and civil-rights groups — are spreading “misinformation.”
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
ABC News:
GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law  —  Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimation against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Ben Carson Has a Hot Take on Indiana's ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
Discussion: Washington Post
Emily Zanotti / American Spectator:
Wilco Cancels IN Show But Not Shows In 9 Other RFRA States
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and WGN-TV
Alex Swoyer / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Absolutely Vital’ Americans Stand Up For Indiana's Religious Freedom Law
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?
William C. Rhoden / New York Times:   Off the Dribble and Into a Firestorm in Indiana
Washington Post:
Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran  —  By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation's nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rabbi warns Obama against appeasing Iran  —  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a television host, author and political aspirant, will publish a full-page advertisement in The Washington Post on Tuesday urging President Obama not to “appease” Iran by signing a nuclear agreement.
Jack Gillum / Associated Press:
Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server …
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: Hot Air and Scared Monkeys
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Obamacare ‘death panel’ challenge
Discussion: Daily Kos and LifeNews.com
Chicago Tribune:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens big lead on mayoral challenger Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia  —  Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened up a substantial lead on challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia with only a week to go in the runoff campaign, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.  —  Emanuel has the backing of 58 percent …
Discussion: Politico
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
He's got a 'Downton Abbey'-inspired office, but Rep. Aaron Schock won't talk about it.  —  The Rayburn House Office Building is a labyrinth of beige offices.  —  And then, there's . . .  Rep. Aaron Schock's new digs.  —  Bright red walls.  A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles.
Discussion: ABC News and OnPolitics
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.
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
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 …
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