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1:25 PM ET, April 4, 2015

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Eric Ham / The Hill:
Clinton has inevitability, but Bush has the Electoral College  —  As the 2016 presidential field slowly takes shape, the race — even with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announcing his candidacy — centers on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.).
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
No, Jeb Bush Does Not Have an Electoral College Advantage  —  Eric Ham, author of The GOP Civil War, argues in The Hill that Jeb Bush has an advantage over Hillary Clinton in the electoral college: … His evidence for this theory is weak at best.  His arguments are that 1) …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:   Florida not a given for Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough On 2016, The Iran “Deal” And Hillary's Glass Jaw
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Charles Barkley: America has ‘a homophobic problem’  —  Outspoken NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said Thursday that the debate over Indiana's religious freedom law exposed Americans' fears towards the gay community.  —  “America's always had a racial problem,” Barkley told CNN's Chris Cuomo late Thursday evening.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Church of the Left  —  Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, like the federal one and those of other states, articulates its purpose in terms of the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment (see especially sections 8, 9, and 10 of the statute).
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Ed Driscoll
Jeffrey Frank / New Yorker:
The Lonely Clinton Campaign  —  Nearly eight years ago, Democrats held their first televised Presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, marking the debut of a cast of characters that ranged from the plausible to the preposterous.  For two hours, the candidates, some of them now remembered …
Discussion: abc7news.com, ABC News and Daily Mail
Carl Gibson / ThinkProgress:
This City Could Become The Next Detroit  —  Carl Gibson is an independent journalist and activist.  He co-founded anti-austerity group US Uncut in 2011 and is featured in the Sundance-selected documentary “We're Not Broke.”  He has been published in Salon, Washington Post, and Occupy.com.
Discussion: Baltimore Sun
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Somali militants vow to turn Kenyan cities ‘red with blood’  —  (Reuters) - Somali militants vowed on Saturday to wage a long war against Kenya and run its cities “red with blood” after the group's fighters killed nearly 150 people during an assault on a Kenyan university.
Discussion: The Week
Daily Mail:
Tea party groups win Round 1 in court as federal judge demands IRS's list of all 298 conservative nonprofits it targeted  — Right-wing groups want court to let them sue the IRS in a class-action lawsuit for violating their constitutional right to equal treatment
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 …
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Aaron Burner / WDAY-TV:
ND House strikes down bill outlawing sexual orientation discrimination, supporters will push for bill next session
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana  —  THE drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called “religious freedom” laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision.  —  They're not — at least not in several prominent denominations …
New York Times:
Big Business's Critical Role on Anti-Gay Laws  —  Big corporations like Walmart, Apple, Salesforce.com and General Electric and their executives have done the right thing by calling on officials in Indiana and Arkansas to reject “religious freedom” laws designed to give businesses …
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
AP Analysis: Holes, Questions Remain for Iran's Nuclear Deal  —  FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.  The framework nuclear deal sealed by world powers and Iran leaves major questions: Could Iran cheat?  Possibly.
 
 
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Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
A rising insurrection against Obama
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Insiders view Paul as strong early state contender
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Misplaying America's Hand With Iran
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Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
A better deal than we expected
Emile Picy / Reuters:
France bans super-skinny models in anorexia clampdown
Discussion: National Review and Hit & Run