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9:20 PM ET, April 3, 2015


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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Tom Cotton Is Not Mailing It In  —  Your last name is Cotton, and this interview was arranged by your communications director, Caroline Rabbitt.  Who is your chief of staff, Beatrix Potter?  If only.  No, my chief of staff is Doug Coutts.  —  You were raised in rural Arkansas …
The National Interest:
Confirmed: The Hawks Were Wrong on Iran  —  The political framework with Iran laid bare the false criticisms of U.S. hawks.  —  Peace won.  War lost.  It's as simple as that.  Make no mistake, the framework agreement that was announced yesterday is nothing short of historic.
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
A better deal than we expected  —  Analysis: Despite glaring shortcomings of ‘framework’ deal with Iran - which allow Tehran ability to resume its nuclear pursuit with haste - Obama now offering Netanyahu an olive branch; the Israeli leader should embrace it and help seal loopholes in final agreement.
Iranians celebrate, Obama hails ‘historic’ nuclear framework
Annie Karni / Politico:
Source: Lease signed for Hillary Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn  —  The lease is signed: Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters will work out of 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights, according to a source familiar with the deal.  —  The campaign will occupy two full floors of the office building …
Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the proposed framework for a deal with Iran:  —  “I just came from a meeting of the Israeli cabinet.  We discussed the proposed framework for a deal with Iran.  —  The cabinet is united in strongly opposing the proposed deal....
Discussion: and The Right Scoop
New York Times:
A Promising Nuclear Deal With Iran
Terence Burlij / CNN:
Iran deal: 2016 GOPers and Hillary Clinton react
Judith Miller / Wall Street Journal:
The Iraq War and Stubborn Myths  —  Officials didn't lie, and I wasn't fed a line, writes Judith Miller  —  I took America to war in Iraq.  It was all me.  —  OK, I had some help from a duplicitous vice president, Dick Cheney.  Then there was George W. Bush, a gullible president …
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and Mediaite
Washington Post:
These are the racially charged e-mails that got 3 Ferguson police and court officials fired  —  City officials in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday evening released the full, unredacted content of racially charged and religiously insensitive e-mails sent by the city's former court clerk …
Mike Nowatzki / INFORUM:
ND House kills bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation  —  BISMARCK - For the third time in six years, North Dakota lawmakers have killed legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, despite warnings from some Democrats and Republicans that it could tarnish …
Aaron Burner / WDAY-TV:
ND House strikes down bill outlawing sexual orientation discrimination, supporters will push for bill next session
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Ali Meyer / CNSNews:
Americans Not in Labor Force Exceed 93 Million for First Time; 62.7% Labor Force Participation Matches 37-Year Low  —  ( - The number of Americans 16 years and older who did not participate in the labor force—meaning they neither had a job nor actively sought one in the last four weeks …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Carly Fiorina: Tim Cook Opposition to Indiana Religious Freedom Law Hypocritical  —  Once a Fortune 50 chief executive herself, Carly Fiorina is disgusted with how CEOs rushed to condemn Indiana's new religious freedom law.  —  Mrs. Fiorina, who is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and Business Insider
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Why Ted Cruz is Fighting ‘the Fortune 500’ on Gay Marriage
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough On 2016, The Iran “Deal” And Hillary's Glass Jaw  —  Morning Joe joined me on today's show:  —  Audio:  —  04-03hhs-scarborough  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Joined now by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.  Happy Easter weekend to you, Joe, I hope you get the weekend off.
Discussion: TVNewser and Business Insider
Talking Points Memo:
A New Supreme Court Ruling On Medicaid Just Put 68 Million People At Risk  —  When it comes to health care at the Supreme Court this year, all eyes are focused on the Obamacare tax credits case, King v. Burwell.  But a case decided this week, Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc. …
New York Sun:
The Shape of Things to Come  —  President Obama's vow to seek support in Congress for his proposed deal with Iran reminds us of the Norway Debate.  This is the argument that erupted in the Mother of Parliaments in May 1940, after the Nazis invaded Norway.  When the debate began …
Sonny Bunch / Washington Free Beacon:
Memories Pizza?  OR THE ILLUMINATI?  —  Let me tell you a story.  —  Once upon a time there was a pizza parlor in a small town that no one had ever heard of.  This small town happened to reside in a state that passed a law protecting religious freedom—a law opponents said was simply a tool of discrimination against gay people.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll, Moe Lane and Hot Air
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Power and Paychecks  —  On Wednesday, McDonald's — which has been facing demonstrations denouncing its low wages — announced that it would give workers a raise.  The pay increase won't, in itself, be a very big deal: the new wage floor is just $1 above the local minimum wage …
New York Post:
'I'm about to be raped': Ex-staffer suing CBS for sex harassment  —  Kenneth Lombardi has filed a sexual harassment suit against CBS, comparing his former employer to “the Catholic Church or Penn State” for allegedly sweeping his complaints under the rug.  —  A handsome former video producer …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Mediaite and TVNewser
James B. Nelson / @politifact:
Gov. Scott Walker says he bought a sweater for $1 at Kohl's  —  When Gov. Scott Walker took his presidential ambitions to New Hampshire, he shared a penny-pinching story that would have been right at home in bargain-hunting Wisconsin.  —  At the center of the story: A new sweater, a dollar and Menomonee Falls-based Kohl's.
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Nathan Deal's advice for ‘religious liberty’ supporters next year  —  Georgia's “religious liberty” legislation succumbed to a quiet death on Thursday, but it will surely return in January just in time for election-year politicking.  —  Gov. Nathan Deal offered some timely advice for lawmakers …
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Washington Post:
Indiana's religious freedom law is bad for Republicans  —  Hasta la vista, culture wars.  —  I became a proud Republican before I even understood English.  —  I immigrated to the United States in the heat of the 1968 presidential campaign, when the choice — as I heard it through a friend's translation — was simple.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Alabama inmate free after 30 years on death row.  How the case against him unraveled.  —  Anthony Ray Hinton was one of Alabama's longest-serving death row inmates, having spent more than half his life incarcerated.  Now, after three decades of insisting that he is innocent in the 1985 murders of two men …
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Misplaying America's Hand With Iran  —  The president's desperation for a foreign-policy legacy is leading toward a bad nuclear deal—and a dangerous one.  —  Barack Obama, six years into his presidency, does not have a foreign-policy legacy—or, rather, he does and it's bad.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Should Mom-and-Pops That Forgo Gay Weddings Be Destroyed?  —  What do white evangelicals, Muslims, Mormons, blacks, conservative Republicans, and immigrants from Africa, South America, and Central America all have in common?  They're less likely to support gay marriage than the average Californian.
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Associated Press:
Judge orders California to pay for inmate's sex change
Emile Picy / Reuters:
France bans super-skinny models in anorexia clampdown
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Week
Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
France: The US Capitulated To Iranian Demands
Kevin Miller / The Portland Press Herald:
LePage forum comes to abrupt end as Democratic ex-lawmaker confronts him and gets taken away
 Earlier Items: 
Ben White / Politico:
Cloudy economy rains on Barack Obama's parade
Discussion: National Review
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Fifth GOP senator says he'll back AG nominee
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: BGR, Mashable and Wall Street Journal
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
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Discussion: BGR and The Verge