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4:15 PM ET, April 2, 2015


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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.
Lawrence Billy Jones III /
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?
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 Welch / Hit & Run:
Burn Her!  She Would Act Like a Witch in a Situation That Will Never Come Up!  —  Someone please tell me if my progression here is inaccurate in any way:  —  1) Family owners of small-town Indiana pizzeria spend zero time or energy commenting on gay issues.
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Indiana Loses Its Game
Discussion: Business Insider and RedState
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
LGBT Protections Included In Fix For Indiana's ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
National Review:
Meet the Beautiful, Tough Young Democrat Who's Turning Heads by Challenging Obama's Foreign Policy
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Religious Freedom vs. Individual Equality
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Next Steps in the Battle Over Religious-Freedom Laws
Statement on Iran nuclear talks coming soon, officials say  —  Iran: ‘Significant progress’ made in nuclear talks 01:53  —  Story highlights  — Iranian foreign minister awaits word of progress, says parameters for a final deal are expected to be set  —  Lausanne, Switzerland (CNN)[Breaking news update, 11:52 a.m.]
US Department of State:
Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's Nuclear Program  —  Media Note  —  Office of the Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  Below are the key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic …
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama to speak on Iran deal
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Bloomberg Business:
Iran Says No Breakthrough After All-Night Nuclear Talks
Discussion: Guardian and Business Insider
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Iran a Totalitarian State?
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Who Plays the Soviet Union in the Munich Analogies For Iran Nuke Deal?
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Igor Bobic / The Huffington Post:
Tom Cotton To Gays Of America: At Least You're Not Living In Iran
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 …
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Navy warns of China's ‘great wall of sand’  —  A top U.S. Navy official on Tuesday said China is trying to seize disputed waters in the South China Sea through land reclamation projects, stoking the potential for future conflicts.  —  U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Harry Harris said Beijing …
Discussion: Fox News and Weekly Standard
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:
Harry Reid Hopes to Ensure Democrats' Success as Tenure Winds Down  —  LAS VEGAS — Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader who announced his retirement last week, settled into a corner booth at the Triple George Grill here, his faced masked by dark sunglasses, evidence of lingering injuries …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Durbin's job in jeopardy?
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Barack Obama, Our Hipster President  —  In economic theory, “signaling” is an action one party takes that has, superficially, no plausible economic explanation.  The reason the action is undertaken isn't because the action itself is helpful, but because the action transmits important information to a second actor.
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Huckabee: Gay-Rights Movement 'Won't Stop Until There Are No Churches'  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said on Wednesday that gay-rights activists wouldn't be satisfied until there are no more churches or Christians in America.  —  “It won't stop until there are no more churches …
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.
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
2 Queens Women Are Charged in Bomb Plot
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
Wounded Scalise opens up about race, rips media's ‘false narrative’
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Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  BANKSTON, Ia.  - At his big debut in Iowa …
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Wall Street Journal:
Ted Cruz Campaign Points to Hefty Donations
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