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WALKERTON, IN  —  $57,135 of $45k  —  Raised by 1,612 people in 14 hours  —  Purpose: To relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors' stand for faith.  —  Indiana Pizzeria Faces Backlash After Saying It Won't Cater Gay Weddings  —  NEW YORK ( — There's no such thing as bad publicity right?
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 …
Chris Good / ABC News:
Indiana Lawmakers Propose Change to Religious-Freedom Law … Indiana's top two legislators, both Republicans, announced Thursday morning a “fix” to their state's controversial religious-freedom law — a change that would preclude Indiana businesses from denying services to gays or lesbians.
Discussion: and Advance America
New York Times:
Jeb Bush Seems to Shift Tone in His Praise of Indiana Law  —  Jeb Bush appeared to modify his public comments about Indiana's “religious freedom” law on Wednesday in a closed-door Silicon Valley fund-raiser, telling a small group of potential supporters that a “consensus-oriented” approach would have been better at the outset.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The War on the Private Mind
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Steps in the Battle Over Religious-Freedom Laws
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Indiana pizzeria closes after threats
Scott Ott / The PJ Tatler:
Story About First Business to ‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’ Was Fabricated Out of Nothing
Indianapolis Star:
Exclusive: ‘Religious freedom’ proposal with limited LGBT protections taken to Pence
Danielle Kloap / Arkansas Online:
Senate passes amended religious-protection bills
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Banter
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ted Cruz raises $4 million in first 8 days  —  Ted Cruz raked in around $4 million in the eight days following his presidential kickoff last week, his campaign announced Thursday.  —  Cruz, who is the first candidate to formally launch a 2016 campaign, has capitalized on a wave of attention.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz Campaign Points to Hefty Donations  —  About $4 million flowed into coffers in eight days after he formally announced presidential bid  —  Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas raised about $4 million in the eight days after he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination …
Discussion: Politico and The Right Scoop
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Coming Up Next In Indiana
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 …
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.
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
John Harwood / Bloomberg Business:
Harry Reid wants his Senate deputies to “just relax”
Discussion: JP Updates and Politico
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Harry Reid Hopes to Ensure Democrats' Success as Tenure Winds Down
Discussion: Political Wire and OnPolitics
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
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Get Ready For the Munich Analogies  —  If the negotiators from the U.S. and other nations succeed in getting an agreement to restrain Iran's nuclear program, Republicans will of course object that the deal is terrible and gives away the store to the Ayatollahs.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Iran a Totalitarian State?
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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Rebecca Perring / Daily Express:
Could the Islamic State be wiped out by a deadly FLESH-EATING disease?
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  BANKSTON, Ia.  - At his big debut in Iowa …
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann likens Obama to ‘deranged’ Germanwings co-pilot
Discussion: OnPolitics and The PJ Tatler
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
36K sign-ups so far in special ObamaCare enrollment period
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple Asks TV Programmers to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple's TV Service
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
It's time to go, John: The never-ending Iran talks
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Is Ted Cruz Writing the Script to His Own Obamacare Horror Story?
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo