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9:50 PM ET, April 1, 2015


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Alyssa Marino / ABC57 News:
RFRA: First Michiana business to publicly deny same-sex service  —  A small-town pizza shop is saying they agree with Governor Pence and the signing of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  —  The O'Connor family, who owns Memories Pizza, says they have a right to believe in their religion and protect those ideals.
Indianapolis Star:
Exclusive: ‘Religious freedom’ proposal with limited LGBT protections taken to Pence  —  Indiana Republican leaders are vetting the language with business leaders.  —  Indiana Republican leaders are vetting a deal with key business leaders that grants protection for gay and lesbian residents …
Indiana Pizza Place — Forced to Close Doors After Refusing to Cater Gay Weddings  —  INDIANA PIZZA PLACE  —  Forced to Close Doors  —  AFTER REFUSING TO CATER GAY WEDDING  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Memories Pizza — the first Indiana business to declare it would refuse LGBT business …
Rich Juzwiak / Gawker:
Indiana Pizzeria Takes Brave Stand of Denying Gays Pizza for Weddings  —  Crystal O'Connor of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, has her finger on the pulse of what gays want at their weddings: pizza.  But thanks to her home state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act …
Michelle Sokol / The Elkhart Truth:
Concord coach invites Twitter to ‘burn down’ RFRA-supporting pizzeria  —  Jess Dooley, a Concord High School golf, softball and basketball coach, was suspended hours after responding to Religious Freedom Restoration Act news story with Tweet about arson.  —  Michelle Sokol
Discussion: National Review and SOOPERMEXICAN
Adam Wren / Politico:
The Week Mike Pence's 2016 Dreams Crumbled  —  The Indiana governor, a potential GOP presidential candidate, is caught in a surprise culture war.  —  Lead image by AP Photo.  —  With the black marble of the Indiana House of Representatives behind him, Gov. Mike Pence in January trumpeted …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arkansas governor sends religious freedom bill back to legislators
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
February Poll: Majority Support Religious Right to Refuse Gay-Wedding Services
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Want Some Cheese With That Whine, Conservatives?
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press, setting the stage for a bitter court fight and putting his political future in doubt.
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Indicts Sen. Robert Menendez on Corruption Charges  —  New Jersey Democrat charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services fraud  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department indicted Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey on corruption charges Wednesday …
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Take Heart, Robert Menendez: These 6 Senators Were Indicted But Later Acquitted
Discussion: Politico and TIME
Washington Post:
Sen. Robert Menendez indicted on corruption charges
DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner  —  The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups.
Darius Dixon / Politico:
House panel inquiring into former energy official's $1.7 million job
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Guy Benson /
MSNBC ‘Debate’ on Indiana Law: ‘Cut His Mic Off!’  —  The Heritage Foundation's Ryan Anderson (with whom I happen to disagree on same-sex marriage) appeared on Ed Schultz's MSNBC program (cough) last night to discuss Indiana's religious freedom law, and the resulting conversation culminated …
Michele Bachmann / Facebook:
With his Iran deal, Barack Obama is for the 300 million souls of the United States what Andreas Lubitz was for the 150 souls on the German Wings flight - a deranged pilot flying his entire nation into the rocks.  After the fact, among the smoldering remains of American cities, the shocked survivors will ask, why did he do it?
Jon Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Where does Harry Reid draw the line?  My column about Reid and his Mitt Romney tax attack that was killed  —  Now that CNN's Dana Bash has found Harry Reid to be unrepentant about his Mitt Romney tax lies, it's finally time to publish a column I wrote contemporaneously with the Nevada senator's McCarthy …
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney's taxes
Discussion: Moe Lane
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Two Years Later, You'll Still Be Made to Care  —  In the last twenty-four hours, much of the mainstream media has shown itself perfectly willing to serve as agents of Satan (or should I use Moloch to make you feel better?).  Most of the news anchors, reporters, and opinion writers of the press …
Patricia Alex /
Kean University pulls back on choice of hip-hop artist Common as graduation speaker  —  In another case showing how tricky the choice of a graduation speaker can be, Kean University retracted its announcement that hip-hop artist Common would deliver its commencement address — just hours after making it.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz enters top tier of GOP hopefuls  —  PPP's newest Republican national poll finds that Ted Cruz has the big momentum following the official announcement of his candidacy last week.  His support has increased from 5% to 16% in just over a month, enough to make him one of three candidates …
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
Discussion: Daily Kos
Stephen Peters / Human Rights Campaign Blog:
More Tech Industry Leaders Make Unprecedented & Historic Joint Statement to Legislators  —  Today, in response to a host of anti-LGBT bills pending or signed in to law in states around the country, tech industry leaders signed an unprecedented joint statement supporting the addition …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
MSNBC ratings crater as NBC looks for new direction  —  Yes, yes, it's easy to laugh at the travails of MSNBC, but there are some important lessons from its audience collapse.  Deadline Hollywood detailed the destruction yesterday, using a Dickensian motif in comparing MSNBC to Fox.
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
Los Angeles Times:
Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'  —  Gov. Jerry Brown, standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history.
Matthew Simon / WISC-TV:
Madison first in nation to pass ordinance protecting atheists  —  Council made move in last meeting before spring election  —  As the current common council met for the last time Tuesday, members unanimously voted to make discriminating against atheism, and others who do not believe in God, illegal.
Discussion: JSOnline, ThinkProgress, Raw Story and NPR
Tim Gunn Does ‘180-Degree About-Face’ on Hillary Clinton  —  The king of fashion takes back what he said about the woman who he hopes is the next president of the United States.  “I have been very critical of her style.  I have done a 180 degree about-face,” he says.  And about the men in Washington?
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's to Raise Hourly Pay for 90,000 Workers  —  CEO says restaurant giant will pay at least $1 per hour more than minimum wage  —  McDonald's Corp. plans to raise pay by more than 10% and add benefits like paid vacation for workers at U.S. restaurants it operates …
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Todd Quinones / CBS Philly:
Death Of South Jersey Man Who Was Reportedly In Police Custody Under Investigation
Breaking - McKoon says religious freedom fight over for this year
Discussion: PQA and LGBT Georgia
H.A. Goodman / The Hill:
Why Americans should consider O'Malley for president
Discussion: Washington Post and JustOneMinute
Dyana Bagby / LGBT Georgia:
WNBA's Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry comes out as gay on Instagram
Discussion: Outsports
Iraq's interior minister says most of Tikrit is liberated, fight goes on
Discussion: NPR, Weekly Standard and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Eleven of 12 APS defendants found guilty
Discussion: WXIA-TV and NBC News
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology—and the Bush Administration's Science Record
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air, Business Insider and CNN
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Who needs Rosie O'Donnell? …