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Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
America's Changing Religious Landscape  —  Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow  —  The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama's trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation.  —  A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle, 52-45.
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Shut Down Obama's Trade Bill  —  Even Democrats who support the president's trade agenda voted to block it on Tuesday.  —  Mandel Ngan / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — In one fell swoop Tuesday, Senate Democrats successfully blocked President Obama's trade legislation …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Block Progress on Obama's Trade Authority
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House escalates Warren feud
BostonGlobe.com:
Who is writing the TPP?  —  CONGRESS IS in an intense debate …
Ben Geman / National Journal:   Wyden, Key Democrats Will Vote to Block Trade Bill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats move to block Obama's trade bill
Ann Doss Helms / The Charlotte Observer:
Who should save sight of S.C. man who can't afford surgery?  —  Luis Lang, an uninsured resident of Fort Mill, S.C., needs an expensive operation to save his sight.  Ann Doss Helms ahelms@charlotteobserver.com  —  ahelms@charlotteobserver.com  —  To start a lively discussion …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Shake Your Head  —  I always try to remind myself not to criticize stories like the one I'm about to describe, or perhaps better to say, not to forget the core reason for providing a comprehensive national plan to provide health insurance for everyone who needs it.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Bush Aide: Jeb Told Me He Misheard Question About Invading Iraq (VIDEO)  —  Ana Navarro, a former aide to ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), said on CNN Tuesday that the potential presidential candidate told her he'd misheard a question about the Iraq War.  —  Navarro, who was Bush's director …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Jeb Bush's disastrous defense of the Iraq War  —  Is it possible that in 2016, more than a decade after the invasion of Iraq, the Republican party's presidential nominee could become bogged down in debating whether the war was the right thing to do?  The answer, a depressing one for many in the GOP …
S.V. Dáte / National Journal:   There's No Good Answer on Iraq for Jeb Bush
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL Has Been in Talks to Spin Off HuffPost as Part of Verizon Acquisition Deal  —  According to numerous sources, while it has been negotiating its deal to sell to Verizon, AOL has also been in advanced discussions with a number of parties to spin off its flagship Huffington Post content unit.
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Verizon:
Verizon to Acquire AOL  —  Deal Creates Unique and Scaled Digital Media Platforms for Consumers, Advertisers and Partners  —  NEW YORK - Taking another significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) …
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
U-Va. dean sues Rolling Stone for ‘false’ portrayal in retracted rape story  —  This image is included in a $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone.  U-Va. associate dean Nicole Eramo argues that an image from the Cavalier Daily student newspaper (left) was turned into an illustration …
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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Ben Carson Invokes Dred Scott Decision as Precedent for Ignoring Supreme Court Rulings  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson raised eyebrows last week when he told Newsmax that a potential Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across the country would not have to be implemented …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Tex. bill would bar local officials from issuing same-sex-marriage licenses
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Allen West / Allen B. West:
More ominous signs of Christian persecution  —  My daughter Aubrey and I arrived in Dallas and our home in Woodbridge on Sunday morning.  We had departed from Palm Beach Gardens Saturday evening after we watched Austen head off for her senior prom — a doggone big deal, dads!
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Hasn't Answered a Press Question in 21 Days (And Her Opponents Are Taking Notice) … Today is the one month anniversary of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.  It also marks 21 days since she answered a question from the press.  —  During this “ramp up” …
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro / Economy:
Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot  —  Listen to the Story  —  It has been almost a year since the World Cup in Brazil.  The party is long over, but the country is still dealing with the hangover — in the form of “white elephant” stadiums and unfinished infrastructure projects.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Deadspin
David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:
Rand Paul: Advocates for the Disabled Should Help Brainstorm Ways to Cut Social Security Spending  —  Kinder, gentler, cheaper (maybe).  —  t daveweigel  —  Every election cycle, candidates who want to burnish their fiscal hawk credentials warn that entitlements are going to run out of money.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eschaton
New York Times:
Days Before Prom in Shelton, Conn., a Dress Code Adds to the Stress  —  SHELTON, Conn. — As surely as flowers bloom, springtime brings prom drama around the country.  The dates, the dancing, the photos, the cost — it is all fraught.  And the dresses.  Oh, the dresses.
Discussion: Gothamist and Althouse
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
GOP senator presses DOD on sports promotions  —  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is demanding answers from the Defense Department following reports that the Pentagon spent $5.4 million in federal funds to 14 NFL teams from 2011 to 2014 to honor service members during games.
Orlando Sentinel:
George Zimmerman suffers facial wounds after shooting  —  George Zimmerman, the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, suffered minor injuries in a roadside shooting Monday near a busy intersection in Lake Mary.  —  Lake Mary Police Department Chief Steve Bracknell …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire  —  The Louisiana senator's quest to deny his colleagues benefits wins him no friends on Capitol Hill.  —  Getty  —  One fellow senator calls David Vitter's years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.”
Discussion: RedState
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Banks brace for Bernie Sanders  —  Wall Street is worried that Sen. Bernie Sanders's vigorous calls for banking industry reform will pull Hillary Clinton to the left, as the two presidential candidates battle for the 2016 Democratic nomination.  —  Sanders (I-Vt.) last week unveiled …
Washington Post:
Gov. Scott Walker: 'I don't know' whether Obama is a Christian  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian.  —  “I don't know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington …
Discussion: ABC News and abc7news.com
Charlie Cook / National Journal:
Handicapping a Democratic Takeover  —  The 2016 Senate cycle is shaping up to be the opposite of 2014, with the map heavily stacked against the GOP.  —  The battle for control of the Senate is finally underway and if early indications are correct, Republicans can be no more confident …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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