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2:00 PM 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 …
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 …
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, Hot Air and Washington Post
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Malloy Piles On Pence: ‘When You See A Bigot, You Have To Call Them On It’  —  Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) on Tuesday described Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) as a “bigot” and said that politicians have a responsibility to speak out against Indiana's divisive religious freedom law.
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.”
ABC News:
GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Questions For Indiana's Critics
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 …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Benghazi panel summons Clinton  —  A House panel Tuesday formally requested Hillary Clinton to testify about the private server and email account she used while serving as secretary of state.  —  Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a request to Clinton's personal attorney …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Swing-state poll shows ‘red flag’ for Clinton
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Rand Paul Said He Doesn't Believe In The Concept Of Gay Rights  —  Sen. Rand Paul said he doesn't buy into the concept of gay rights because they are defined by a gay person's lifestyle.  —  “I don't think I've ever used the word gay rights, because I don't really believe in rights based on your behavior …
Jura Koncius / Washington Post:
Stuff it: Millennials nix their parents' treasures  —  A seismic shift of stuff is underway in homes all over America.  —  Members of the generation that once embraced sex, drugs and rock-and-roll are trying to offload their place settings for 12, family photo albums and leather sectionals.
Jaimie Etkin / BuzzFeed:
People Are Mad About Trevor Noah's Old Tweets About Women And Jews  —  And the backlash begins...  On Monday, Comedy Central confirmed Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as The Daily Show host.  —  Byron L Keulemans/GQ South Africa  —  View Entire List ›
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters:
New Daily Show Host Joked U.S. Worse Than Apartheid South Africa
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Harry Reid's appalling defense of his attack on Mitt Romney's tax record  —  One of the more outlandish moments of the 2012 campaign came when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went to the floor of the world's greatest deliberative body and accused GOP nominee Mitt Romney of not paying any taxes at all for the past 10 years.
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Harry Reid is not looking back
Gotham Magazine:
Kevin Spacey on ‘House of Cards,’ Staying in Shape & Saving the Planet  —  With House of Cards, Kevin Spacey helped change the way we watch TV.  Now he wants to change the way we look at the planet.  —  Kevin Spacey takes 10 seconds to dispense with the pleasantries and get down to business.
Discussion: Washington Post
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton backs accuracy of ‘House of Cards’
Brian Deese / Medium:
We're taking action on climate change—and the world is joining us  —  Last November, President Obama stood in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing alongside Chinese President Xi Jinping—and made history.  —  The leaders of the world's two largest economies—and two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases …
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
David Dayen / Salon:
Barney Frank drops a bombshell: How a shocking anecdote explains the financial crisis  —  Barney Frank has a new autobiography out.  He's long been one of the nation's most quotable politicians.  And Washington lives in perpetual longing for intra-party conflict.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic Online:
How Red States Learned to Love the Gas Tax  —  Don't believe the axiom that Republicans reflexively oppose tax increases: Outside the Beltway, it just doesn't hold up.  —  States across the country are raising their fuel taxes to pay for the upkeep of deteriorating roads and bridges …
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Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans
Discussion: Common Dreams and Instapundit
Jennifer Chowdhury / NBC News:
Indiana Woman Gets 20 Years for Feticide
Michael Stratford / Inside Higher Ed:
Cash Monitoring List Unveiled
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Germanwings Alps disaster: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz trawled suicide and gay websites before crash
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Anonymous to launch ‘electronic Holocaust’ against Israel
 Earlier Items: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Journalists sue St. Louis County police for alleged battery, false arrest
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jason Silverstein / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: NYPD investigating video of cop unleashing xenophobic rant on Uber driver (WARNING …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush's Biggest Weakness May be His Biggest Annoyance
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. sues a university for firing a professor who switched gender
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
He's got a 'Downton Abbey'-inspired office, but Rep. Aaron Schock won't talk about it.
Discussion: ABC News and OnPolitics
Annie Lowrey / New York Magazine:
Ellen Pao and the Sexism You Can't Quite Prove
Discussion: Bloomberg View