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5:30 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.
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New York Times:
Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers to Recall Religious Freedom Bill  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights advocates, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to either recall or amend legislation billed as a religious freedom measure …
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 …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arkansas governor sends religious freedom bill back to legislators  —  Washington (CNN)Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk right now, instead asking state lawmakers to make changes so the bill mirrors federal law.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Want Some Cheese With That Whine, Conservatives?
Adam Wren / Politico:
The Week Mike Pence's 2016 Dreams Crumbled
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
February Poll: Majority Support Religious Right to Refuse Gay-Wedding Services
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Indiana governor backs down, calls for fix to religious law
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Business Insider, Mediaite and NPR
Washington Post:
Sen. Robert Menendez indicted
Discussion: CNN, Liberaland, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Politico:
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.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
House panel inquiring into former energy official's $1.7 million job
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Mashable and Freedom Indiana
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Tech Leaders Call For States To Pass LGBT Protections, Ban Denial Of Services
Discussion: The Verge and New York Times
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 …
Bloomberg.com:
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: Washington Post
The White House:
Executive Order — “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities”  —  BLOCKING THE PROPERTY OF CERTAIN PERSONS ENGAGING IN  —  SIGNIFICANT MALICIOUS CYBER-ENABLED ACTIVITIES  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution …
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and NPR
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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?
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.
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 …
Pew Internet:
U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015  —  Key Themes of This Report  —  10% of Americans own a smartphone but do not have broadband at home, and 15% own a smartphone but say that they have a limited number of options for going online other than their cell phone.  Those with relatively low income …
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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InsiderAdvantageGeorgia:
Breaking - McKoon says religious freedom fight over for this year
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Fox News:
Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says ‘block-to-block’ fighting ongoing
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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Nevada GOPer: ‘Straight-Up Castration’ Of Pimps Would End Sex Trafficking
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Iran nuke talks extended once again after faltering
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
H.A. Goodman / The Hill:
Why Americans should consider O'Malley for president
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Washington Post
Dyana Bagby / LGBT Georgia:
WNBA's Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry comes out as gay on Instagram
Discussion: Outsports
 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: Hot Air, Mediaite, Business Insider and CNN
The New York Observer:
President Obama Must Not Complete a Disastrous Deal With Iran
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Who needs Rosie O'Donnell? …
Ron Prosor / New York Times:
The U.N.'s War on Israel
Discussion: The Tower
Eva Hershaw / The Texas Tribune:
Tense Debate as House Shifts HIV Funding to Abstinence
Discussion: RH Reality Check and Raw Story
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS chief to GOP: You can't abolish us
Discussion: BizPac Review and The PJ Tatler