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2:40 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 …
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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 …
Jill Lawrence / US News:
A Glimpse Into the GOP's Backward Bubble  —  Defending Indiana's anti-gay, ‘religious freedom’ law makes Gov. Mike Pence the face of GOP insularity.  —  If there's one takeaway from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's “religious freedom restoration” debacle, it's that Republicans ignore today's cultural environment at their peril.
Discussion: Mashable, GLAAD, Advocate and The Reaction
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   “Smoking Doesn't Kill” And Other Great Old Op-Eds From Mike Pence
New York Times:
In Indiana, Using Religion as a Cover for Bigotry
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 …
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Benghazi panel summons Clinton
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Swing-state poll shows ‘red flag’ for Clinton
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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 ›
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Trevor Noah, From Progressive Icon to Villain in 24 Hours  —  Why people turned on Trevor Noah so quickly.  —  The media hot take, the quick response to unfamiliar news, generally ages like milk left out in the August sun.  Sonia Saraiya's reaction to Trevor Noah, the new host of The Daily Show, has not even aged that well.
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters:
New Daily Show Host Joked U.S. Worse Than Apartheid South Africa
BuzzFeed:
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.
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.
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Ted Barrett / CNN:
Harry Reid is not looking back
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
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
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton backs accuracy of ‘House of Cards’
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
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans  —  Remember those 15 people who refused to repay their federal student loans?  Their “debt strike” has picked up 85 more disgruntled borrowers willing to jeopardize their financial future to pressure the government into forgiving their student loans.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Instapundit
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 …
 
 
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Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
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