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3:15 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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
The Hill:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on 14 counts of corruption  —  Federal authorities have indicted Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption charges.  —  Menendez has been charged with 14 counts, including conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services fraud, in connection with his relationship …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Take Heart, Robert Menendez: These 6 Senators Were Indicted But Later Acquitted
Discussion: Politico and TIME
CNN:   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.
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Lois Lerner won't face contempt charges
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 …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought  —  PHILLIPS, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California's history, saying the state's four-year drought had reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls.
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
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?
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 …
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: The Daily Caller and BizPac Review
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
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Agency Announces First Whistleblower Protection Case Involving Restrictive Language  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2015-54  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its first enforcement action against a company for using improperly restrictive language in confidentiality agreements …
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
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Associated Press:
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
House panel inquiring into former energy official's $1.7 million job
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Who needs Rosie O'Donnell? …