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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?
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.
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Indiana Loses Its Game  —  Last year Indiana chose “Honest to Goodness Indiana” as its new tourism slogan.  Not everyone was charmed.  Some critics said they'd have preferred something more cosmopolitan.  Although it doesn't seem likely they'd be happier with the runners-up, one of which was “Seasoned Just Right.”
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 …
Indiana Pizza Place — Forced to Close Doors After Refusing to Cater Gay Weddings
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Steps in the Battle Over Religious-Freedom Laws
Scott Ott / The PJ Tatler:
Story About First Business to ‘Publicly Vow to Reject Gay Weddings’ Was Fabricated Out of Nothing
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Indiana pizzeria closes after threats
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 …
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Jeb Bush's Team Is Taping His Private Events ‘As Much As Possible’
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Jeb Bush Seems to Shift Tone in His Praise of Indiana Law
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: Blue Jersey and Common Dreams
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Coming Up Next In Indiana
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and The Week
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Bob Menendez backers brace for battle: 'We don't believe' charges
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg Business
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?
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
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Harry Reid Hopes to Ensure Democrats' Success as Tenure Winds Down
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
John Harwood / Bloomberg Business:
Harry Reid wants his Senate deputies to “just relax”
Discussion: Politico and JP Updates
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Wounded Scalise opens up about race, rips media's ‘false narrative’  —  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said he was “frustrated” and “hurt” by the media coverage of his speech to a white supremacist group, arguing his past work helping African-Americans in New Orleans was deliberately ignored.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Two ISIS-Inspired Women Arrested in NYC for Allegedly Trying to Build Bomb … Federal authorities have arrested two women who were allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area after being radicalized by ISIS, sources familiar with the arrests told ABC News.
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.
Paul Singer / USA Today:
Taxpayers paid portion of Cruz's political trips  —  WASHINGTON — Two months after staging a marathon Senate speech to protest the growth of government spending, Sen. Ted Cruz took a New York fundraising swing highlighted by a visit with Donald Trump — and put it on the taxpayers' tab.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
In A First, New York Boy Scouts Hire Out Gay Man
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Bloomberg Business:
Iran Says No Breakthrough After All-Night Nuclear Talks
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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 …
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Unidentified troops land in Aden after Houthis seize center
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Bachmann likens Obama to ‘deranged’ Germanwings co-pilot
Discussion: OnPolitics and The PJ Tatler
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Fox News, paper tiger
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
36K sign-ups so far in special ObamaCare enrollment period
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