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9:40 AM ET, April 1, 2015


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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
The Left wages total war; and then plays victim  —  On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500.  On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers.
Discussion: alicublog and The Anchoress
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Arkansas lawmakers approve religious liberty bill despite firestorm over Indiana law  —  Amid intense criticism of Indiana's religious liberties law, which has prompted lawmakers in that state to vow to fix the legislation, another state charged ahead with a similar measure.
New York Times:
Defying Criticism, Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill on Religious Freedom  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark., — Despite intensifying criticism from business leaders both within and outside of Arkansas, the state legislature on Tuesday passed its version of a measure billed as a religious freedom law …
Indiana law backs GOP hopefuls into a corner  —  Mike Pence just lobbed a grenade into the Republican presidential field.  —  The Indiana governor's religious freedom law has ignited yet another controversial culture war debate that has Republican contenders juggling awkward questions about issues they would just as soon not touch.
Danielle Kloap / Arkansas Online:
HB1228 passes House, heads to governor
Dana Liebelson / The Huffington Post:
Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   “Smoking Doesn't Kill” And Other Great Old Op-Eds From Mike Pence
Frédéric Helbert / Le fil info Royal Blog de …:
EXCLUSIVE: THE FINAL MOMENTS BEFORE THE CRASH  —  A short video found on the site of the crash appears to confirm the data recovered from one of the two black boxes of the A320.  —  Paris Match and Bild obtained a video taken during the final seconds of the fated Germanwings flight 4U9525 …
Eun Kyung Kim / Today:
Elizabeth Warren on 2016: 'I'm not going to run' — and Hillary Clinton deserves ‘a chance to decide’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a populist figure among the Democratic faithful after taking on Wall Street and the banking industry, reaffirmed to Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday that she has no plans to run for president in 2016.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Could Another Democrat Beat Hillary Clinton?  Strategists Offer a Blueprint  —  She has been called inevitable.  The can't-be-stopped candidate.  Hillary Rodham Clinton is such an overwhelming favorite in presidential primary polls that most prominent Democrats are taking a pass on challenging her.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton Makes It Hard to Follow the Money
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
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
The Capitulationist  —  The Obama administration refuses to negotiate openly, lest the extent of its diplomatic surrender to Iran be prematurely and fatally exposed.  —  For a sense of the magnitude of the capitulation represented by Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, it's worth recalling …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS chief to GOP: You can't abolish us  —  The IRS commissioner on Tuesday brushed aside GOP proposals to abolish his agency, insisting the U.S. would have to have a tax collector one way or another.  —  “You can call them something other than the IRS if that made you feel better,” …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Charles Pierce / Esquire:
David Brooks Would Like You To Lower Your Voice  —  In which David Brooks would like gay people to lower their voices.  —  GETTY BRYAN BEDDER FOR THE NEW YORKER  —  Before we deal with the well-mannered moral monster that is David Brooks, we should dispense with some of the WeaselSpeak …
Los Angeles Times:
Andrew Getty's death does not appear to involve foul play, authorities say  —  Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, said a preliminary investigation suggests foul play was not involved.  —  The death appeared to be natural or an accident …
Washington Post:
How a Bush-allied nonprofit could inject more secret money into '16 race  —  Jeb Bush has given his tacit endorsement to a new group that can collect unlimited amounts of money in secret, part of a bold effort by his advisers to create a robust external political operation before he declares his expected White House bid.
Discussion: Reuters and Prairie Weather
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 …
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
In Nigeria's Election, Muhammadu Buhari Defeats Goodluck Jonathan  —  KANO, Nigeria — With anger swelling over corruption, inequality and a devastating Islamist insurgency in the nation's north, Nigerians chose a former general who once ruled with an iron hand to be their next president, according to election results on Tuesday.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Scott Walker, Allergic to Dogs, May Run Against Political History  —  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and his wife, Tonette, had planned to spend a recent Friday night at the Nashua home of Jennifer Horn, the New Hampshire Republican chairwoman.  —  Then he heard about Al, the Horns' beloved Dalmatian-Catahoula Leopard mix.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The MSNBC ratings keep getting worse  —  Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for MSNBC, along came the quarterly ratings reports.  —  In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC endured its lowest quarterly demo numbers in a decade, and its total viewership since the final quarter of 2007.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
The White House:
FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC  —  State Department Submits President Obama's Ambitious 2025 Target to Cut U.S. Climate Pollution by 26-28 Percent from 2005 Levels  —  To view the INDC submission, click HERE.  —  Building on the strong progress …
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Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
The End of Tolerance And Enforced Morality
Discussion: The Mahablog and Ed Driscoll
David Dayen / Salon:
Barney Frank drops a bombshell: How a shocking anecdote explains the financial crisis