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10:15 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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scott Stump / Today:
Ashton Carter on defeating ISIS, talks with Iran — and Biden's ‘close talking’ at his swearing-in  —  In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says he's “confident” the United States and its coalition of allies can defeat ISIS, but says the victory could take time.
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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