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12:55 PM ET, April 2, 2015

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Lawrence Billy Jones III / GoFundMe.com:
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 (CBSNewYork.com) — There's no such thing as bad publicity right?
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The War on the Private Mind  —  In Indiana, in Arkansas, and in the boardroom  —  There are two easy ways to get a Republican to roll over and put his paws up in the air: The first is to write him a check, which is the political version of scratching his belly, and the second is to call him a bigot.
TMZ.com:
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 …
Jeff Swiatek / Indianapolis Star:
Angie's List rejects ‘religious freedom’ law fix, calls it ‘insufficient’  —  CEO Bill Oesterle has called off expansion over controversial law  —  Angie's List calls the fix to the “religious freedom” law “insufficient,” becoming the first major local company to reject the deal hammered …
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Christie breaks silence on Indiana ‘religious freedom’ law  —  Gov. Christie's 133rd Town Hall Meeting In Kenilworth  —  Gov. Chris Christie.  (Aristide Economopoulos/NJ Advance Media)  —  TRENTON — Breaking nearly two days of silence over the controversial Indiana law that's ignited national debate …
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
Danielle Kloap / Arkansas Online:
Senate passes amended religious-protection bills
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Banter
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 …
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 …
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Coming Up Next In Indiana
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and The Week
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.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Bob Menendez backers brace for battle: 'We don't believe' charges  —  NEWARK, N.J.—Bob Menendez was just accused of trading his powers as a United States senator for jaunts to a posh resort home in the Dominican Republic, a $1,500 suite in Paris and more than $750,000 in campaign cash.
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg Business
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
The Case Against Robert Menendez
Discussion: Blue Jersey and Common Dreams
Zac Farber / CBS Minnesota:
Klobuchar To Return Contributions From Indicted Senator
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
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.
Fox News:
Al-Shabaab ‘holding many Christians alive’ amid attack on Kenyan university  —  Al-Shabaab says they are “holding many Christians alive” after claiming responsibility for an attack at Garissa University in eastern Kenya Thursday that left at least 15 people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds of students unaccounted for.
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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
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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
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.
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Iran a Totalitarian State?
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.
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 …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Ted Cruz raises $4 million in first 8 days
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
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.
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
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New York Times:
Obama Told Iran Nuclear Negotiators to Disregard Deadline in 11th Hour
Discussion: The Times of Israel
 
 
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Christina Mozaffari / Mr. Media Training:
THE DARK SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: AN INEVITABLE NEW SERVICE
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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: Washington Post
Mohammed Mukhashaf / Reuters:
Unidentified troops land in Aden after Houthis seize center
Discussion: The Jawa Report and NPR
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann likens Obama to ‘deranged’ Germanwings co-pilot
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
36K sign-ups so far in special ObamaCare enrollment period
Discussion: ACASignups.net
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple Asks TV Programmers to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple's TV Service
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Is Ted Cruz Writing the Script to His Own Obamacare Horror Story?
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo