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7:55 AM ET, April 2, 2015

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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.
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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.
The Hill:
Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on 14 counts of corruption
Discussion: The Right Scoop
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Take Heart, Robert Menendez: These 6 Senators Were Indicted But Later Acquitted
Discussion: Politico and TIME
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 …
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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
Rich Juzwiak / Gawker:
Indiana Pizzeria Takes Brave Stand of Denying Gays Pizza for Weddings
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
February Poll: Majority Support Religious Right to Refuse Gay-Wedding Services
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 …
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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.
Adam Wren / Politico:
The week Mike Pence's 2016 dreams crumbled
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arkansas governor sends religious freedom bill back to legislators
New York Times:
Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers to Recall Religious Freedom Bill
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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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Lois Lerner won't face contempt charges
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
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 …
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
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: Political Wire
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 …
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.
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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?
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 …
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Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney's taxes
Discussion: Moe Lane
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
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 …
 
 
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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Is Ted Cruz Writing the Script to His Own Obamacare Horror Story?
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
9 New York Doctors Are Accused of Defrauding Medicaid Using Homeless People
Discussion: Common Dreams
Todd Quinones / CBS Philly:
Death Of South Jersey Man Who Was Reportedly In Police Custody Under Investigation
Matthew Simon / WISC-TV:
Madison first in nation to pass ordinance protecting atheists
Discussion: Raw Story, ThinkProgress and NPR
Annie Karni / Politico:
Ready for Hillary staff join Clinton campaign
Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's to Raise Hourly Pay for 90,000 Workers
Bloomberg.com:
Tim Gunn Does ‘180-Degree About-Face’ on Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
 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
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? …