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(ABC News) Americans by a 2-1 margin favor an agreement with Iran over its nuclear development program, even while broadly questioning whether a deal would, in fact, prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.
(Daily Caller) In a Monday interview, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stood by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in the midst of backlash against the recent religious freedom law passed in the Hoosier State.
Appearing on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Monday afternoon, Bush told Hewitt that Pence “has done the right thing by passing the law, which he said mirrors the one passed by former President Bill Clinton in 1993.
“I think if they actually got briefed on the law, they wouldn’t be blasting this law,” Bush said. “I think Governor Pence has done the right thing. Florida has a law like this. Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs. To be able to be people of conscience. I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”
We are at a critical moment in Indiana's history.
And much is at stake.
Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.
All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.
(Indy Star) "I hate to see the Final Four, which you fully appreciate as this extraordinary event — second only maybe to the Super Bowl, and certainly the dominant collegiate event in America — get caught up in a political debate," Emmert told me Monday. "This is a very, very important political issue. Make no mistake about it. It's why we take it so seriously. But it would have been preferable obviously to not have it connected to the Final Four."
(The Atlantic) The new Indiana statute also contains this odd language: “A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding, regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.” (My italics.) Neither the federal RFRA, nor 18 of the 19 state statutes cited by the Post, says anything like this; only the Texas RFRA, passed in 1999, contains similar language.
What these words mean is, first, that the Indiana statute explicitly recognizes that a for-profit corporation has “free exercise” rights matching those of individuals or churches. A lot of legal thinkers thought that idea was outlandish until last year’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, in which the Court’s five conservatives interpreted the federal RFRA to give some corporate employers a religious veto over their employees’ statutory right to contraceptive coverage.
(TPM) Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) said on Monday during an appearance on Fox News that President Obama is "inciting" birther conspiracy theorists by planning a trip to Kenya this summer.
“I think his trip back to Kenya is going to create a lot of chatter and commentary amongst some of the hard right, who still don’t see him as having been born in the U.S.," Sununu said on the show "America's Newsroom."
"I personally think he’s just inciting some chatter on an issue that should have been a dead issue a long time ago,” he said.
(TPM) Over the years, O'Reilly had repeatedly said he'd seen people gunned down by live bullets in the streets of Buenos Aires in the 1980s when he covered "riots" there for CBS. He also said he personally rescued his cameraman, who he said had been knocked down and was bleeding from the head during the melee.
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(AP) President Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father’s birth.
The White House says Obama will visit Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. This will be the first time the summit takes place in sub-Saharan Africa.
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