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11:15 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 …
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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.
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Steps in the Battle Over Religious-Freedom Laws
Indianapolis Star:
Exclusive: ‘Religious freedom’ proposal with limited LGBT protections taken to Pence
Scott Ott / The PJ Tatler:
Story About First Business to ‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’ Was Fabricated Out of Nothing
Danielle Kloap / Arkansas Online:
Senate passes amended religious-protection bills
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Banter
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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Case Against Robert Menendez
Discussion: Common Dreams
Zac Farber / CBS Minnesota:
Klobuchar To Return Contributions From Indicted Senator
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
The Hill:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on 14 counts of corruption
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Washington Post:
Poll: Bush now tops GOP field; Clinton runs ahead of all Republicans  —  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush now leads the field of Republican candidates for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, but former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton enjoys a decided advantage over Bush …
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
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050  —  Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest and the Unaffiliated Are Shrinking as a Share of the World's Population  —  The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates …
Holly Yan / CNN:
Al-Shabaab storms Garissa University College in Kenya; 65 hospitalized, hostages taken  —  Al Shabaab claims Kenyan university attack 02:07  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Latest developments:  — 5:35 a.m. ET: At least 65 people are hospitalized from the attack, the Kenyan Red Cross said.
Discussion: Hot Air, Mashable, NPR and Twitchy
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
Discussion: Political Wire and OnPolitics
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Fox News, paper tiger  —  The network is better at employing presidential candidates than electing them.  —  As early as September 2010, journalists were using the phrase “the Fox Primary” as shorthand to describe the Fox News Channel's apparent role in selecting the Republican Party's next presidential nominee.
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.
Mohammed Mukhashaf / Reuters:
Unidentified troops land in Aden after Houthis seize center  —  (Reuters) - Dozens of unidentified troops landed by sea in Aden in an apparent last-ditch effort by a Saudi-led coalition to shore up a foothold in the southern Yemeni port city after Shi'ite Houthi fighters seized control of its center on Thursday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and NPR
Officials: Al Qaeda fighters free 270 from Yemeni prison
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
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
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Senator Says Critics Of Indiana Should Get ‘Perspective,’ Be Thankful State Doesn't Execute Gays  —  Appearing yesterday on CNN, Senator Tom Cotton (R) urged critics of Indiana's “religious freedom” law to get “perspective,” suggesting the treatment of LGBT people in Indiana compared favorably to countries where gay people are executed.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
36K sign-ups so far in special ObamaCare enrollment period  —  About 36,000 people have signed up for ObamaCare plans through March 29, during a special extended enrollment period, the administration announced Wednesday.  —  While the administration had not provided an estimate of how many people …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Iran a Totalitarian State?  —  Ask Iran hawks to describe the regime in Tehran, and you'll likely hear the word “totalitarian.”  “I do not trust inspections with totalitarian regimes,” Benjamin Netanyahu told CBS in March.  In a speech last year to the Conservative Political Action Conference …
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
Discussion: The Talking Dog
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann likens Obama to ‘deranged’ Germanwings co-pilot  —  The former Congress member is lashing out as the United States tries to negotiate a deal to curtail Iran's ability to develop nuclear weaponry.  —  Former Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is comparing President Obama …
Discussion: OnPolitics and The PJ Tatler
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
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Michael Tanner / National Review:
Replacing Obamacare
Discussion: New York Magazine
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Tell Me How This Ends Well  —  HONG KONG — I've been in China for the last week.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Is Ted Cruz Writing the Script to His Own Obamacare Horror Story?
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
MSNBC ratings crater as NBC looks for new direction
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