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10:05 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 …
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.”
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Questions For Indiana's Critics  —  I know that I should say something about the backlash and debate over Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it's been hard to come up with something that I didn't already say in my column when it was Arizona's variation on the same law …
Wall Street Journal:
The New Intolerance  —  Indiana isn't targeting gays.  Liberals are targeting religion.  —  In the increasingly bitter battle between religious liberty and the liberal political agenda, religion is losing.  Witness the media and political wrath raining down upon Indiana because the state dared …
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Tom Davies / Associated Press:
Indiana Lawmakers Try to Quiet Firestorm Surrounding New Law
Discussion: Common Dreams
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Is inclusiveness good for the economy?
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
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Rubio backs religious freedom law
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Alex Swoyer / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Absolutely Vital’ Americans Stand Up For Indiana's Religious Freedom Law
William C. Rhoden / New York Times:
Off the Dribble and Into a Firestorm in Indiana
Discussion: Salon and The Mahablog
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
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 …
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 and Chicago
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
Jason Silverstein / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: NYPD investigating video of cop unleashing xenophobic rant on Uber driver (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO)  —  The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating a video that appears to show a plainclothes cop unleashing a xenophobic rant on an Uber driver during a traffic stop …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. sues a university for firing a professor who switched gender  —  The U.S. Justice Department is suing an Oklahoma university, charging that school officials discriminated against a professor who changed gender during her time working there.  —  Rachel Tudor was hired …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Political Education Of Rafael Cruz  —  From a pro-Castro student activist to anti-communist crusader.  —  The parade.  —  Historic Images  —  Long before his son would run for president, or he himself would become a popular political speaker, Rafael Cruz was something else for a brief period: a pro-Castro student activist.
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
 
 
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