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9:10 AM ET, April 2, 2015


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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 …
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 …
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
Lawrence Billy Jones III /
WALKERTON, IN  —  $31,855 of $35k  —  Raised by 825 people in 4 hours  —  Indiana Pizzeria Faces Backlash After Saying It Won't Cater Gay Weddings  —  NEW YORK ( — There's no such thing as bad publicity right?  —  One Indiana pizzeria is going to find out.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Indiana pizzeria closes after threats
Rich Juzwiak / Gawker:
Indiana Pizzeria Takes Brave Stand of Denying Gays Pizza for Weddings
Scott Ott / The PJ Tatler:
Story About First Business to ‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’ Was Fabricated Out of Nothing
Adam Wren / Politico:
The week Mike Pence's 2016 dreams crumbled
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Menendez charges put Iran legislation in doubt  —  Sen. Robert Menendez's (N.J.) decision to step aside temporarily as ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following his indictment on Wednesday could jeopardize Congress's chances of passing Iran legislation.
New Jersey Online:
Menendez: Resign and spare us the drama |  Editorial  —  Star-Ledger Editorial Board By Star-Ledger Editorial Board  —  It is hard to fathom the lack of judgment: Why would he even dance close to this line?  —  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez now begins a fight for his political life that could last for years.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Coming Up Next In Indiana … NOTABLES  —  HAPPENING TODAY — INDIANA LEGISLATORS MEETING TO CLARIFY ‘RELIGIOUS FREEDOM’ LAW: A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Indiana will meet this morning to debate a bill clarifying the state's new “religious freedom” law …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Senator Robert Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on bribery charges on Wednesday in what prosecutors said was a scheme to trade political favors for luxury vacations, golf outings, campaign donations and expensive flights.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Case Against Robert Menendez
Discussion: Common Dreams
The Hill:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on 14 counts of corruption
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Danielle Kloap / Arkansas Online:
Senate passes amended religious-protection bills
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Banter
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Take Heart, Robert Menendez: These 6 Senators Were Indicted But Later Acquitted
Discussion: Politico and TIME
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin's job in jeopardy?  —  Sen. Dick Durbin's job as Democratic whip is in danger in the absence of a crucial endorsement from New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the incoming Democratic leader, say Senate aides.  —  Democratic aides say Schumer's backing could make or break Durbin's bid …
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Harry Reid Hopes to Ensure Democrats' Success as Tenure Winds Down  —  LAS VEGAS — Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader who announced his retirement last week, settled into a corner booth at the Triple George Grill here, his faced masked by dark sunglasses, evidence of lingering injuries …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
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.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Lois Lerner won't face contempt charges
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Office of the Governor / Office of Governor …:
GOVERNOR BROWN DIRECTS FIRST EVER STATEWIDE MANDATORY WATER REDUCTIONS  —  SACRAMENTO - Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:   California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
It's time to go, John: The never-ending Iran talks  —  Iranian leaders and aides speak outside after a meeting with Sec. of State John Kerry in Lausanne, Iran.  —  The only remaining leverage the United States has in negotiations with Iran is the central presence at those negotiations of our secretary of state, John Kerry.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Obama Told Iran Nuclear Negotiators to Disregard Deadline in 11th Hour
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner in Israel: ‘The world is on fire’  —  JERUSALEM — John Boehner thinks the “world is on fire.”  And America isn't doing nearly enough to stamp it out.  —  The House speaker's decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress last month sparked criticism …
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Is Ted Cruz Writing the Script to His Own Obamacare Horror Story?
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MSNBC ratings crater as NBC looks for new direction
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Madison first in nation to pass ordinance protecting atheists
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Politico and Washington Post