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5:20 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 …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
“Smoking Doesn't Kill” And Other Great Old Op-Eds From Mike Pence  —  The Indiana governor who is at the center of the debate surrounding the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act in his state wrote some interesting op-eds 15 years ago.  —  “Time for a quick reality check.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Real Consequences of Indiana's “Religious Freedom” Law  —  It's not about boutique wedding shops.  What if Hobby Lobby refused to allow gay customers?  —  When Arizona's then-Governor Jan Brewer vetoed legislation last February to protect religious individuals and business owners …
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Malloy Piles On Pence: ‘When You See A Bigot, You Have To Call Them On It’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
In Indiana, Using Religion as a Cover for Bigotry
Mike Pence / Wall Street Journal:
Ensuring Religious Freedom in Indiana
Jessica Winter / Slate:
The Problem Isn't That Trevor Noah Is Offensive.  The Problem Is That He's a Giant Dope.  —  Not since John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate have the vetting capacities of a powerful political force been cast into such doubt.  When Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the next host …
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.
Sonia Saraiya / Salon:
Trevor Noah in our crazy birther age: Right-wing rage at “The Daily Show” is about to get very, very ugly
Jaimie Etkin / BuzzFeed:
People Are Mad About Trevor Noah's Old Tweets About Women And Jews
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality  —  Are you having a fun Culture War 4.0?  It's certainly been a crazy ride for Indiana state representatives, who appear to be caving to pressure to “clarify” RFRA language after being assaulted for being anti-gay.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Religious Liberty and Equality
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 …
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.
Washington Free Beacon:
Harry Reid Justifies Lying About Romney's Taxes from Senate Floor: 'He Didn't Win, Did He?'
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Page Six:
Weinstein accused of molesting model  —  Harvey Weinstein leaves his home in New York City on Tuesday.  The Hollywood exec faces accusations he groped Italian model Ambra Battilana (right).  —  A stunning 22-year-old model with ties to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told police …
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
Neil Eggleston / White Blog:
Upholding the Principle of Fairness in Our Criminal Justice System Through Clemency  —  Building on his commitment to address instances of unfairness in sentencing, President Obama granted 22 commutations today to individuals serving time in federal prison.  Had they been sentenced under current laws …
Nigeria's Buhari wins historic election landslide  —  (Reuters) - Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Muhammadu Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.
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
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 …
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.
Jennifer Chowdhury / NBC News:
Indiana Woman Gets 20 Years for Feticide  —  Patel is the first woman to be sentenced under Indiana's feticide laws but she isn't the first woman to be charged.  In 2011, Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese American-woman, was held in prison for a year before feticide charges against her were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Discussion: KFOR-TV and The Daily Banter
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Republican dismisses Facebook praise for ObamaCare  —  A top Republican in the House says praise on her Facebook page for ObamaCare is mainly for parts of the law that have bipartisan support.  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers's (R-Wash.) Facebook page has received enormous attention …
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Laura Ingraham to launch news site  —  Laura Ingraham, the conservative radio host and Fox News contributor, is planning to launch a new conservative news and opinion website, sources with knowledge of her plans told the On Media blog on Tuesday.  —  One source said that Neil Munro …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
National Review goes nonprofit  —  National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, is becoming a nonprofit, the On Media blog has learned.  —  Since its launch, the magazine has operated as a not-for-profit business, even as it came to rely on more and more donations in recent years.
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Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Ky: No one can marry same sex, ban not biased
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: WHNT-TV
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel / Washington Post:
A revolt is growing as more people refuse to pay back student loans
Discussion: Common Dreams and Instapundit
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
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Chicago Tribune:
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Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Chicago