How Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Turned Into a Nationwide Political Storm –

March 31, 2015 It’s not often that a state bill passed by a legislature and signed into law by a governor turns into a national political tempest. But that’s exactly what’s happening this week in the aftermath of Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law, which has public figures ranging from the governor of Connecticut to the band Wilco publicly disavowing the legislation, saying it codifies discrimination against LGBT individuals.

And though top Indiana state legislators have since sought to mollify the madding crowd by saying they’ll “clarify” that the law doesn’t permit discrimination, and Gov. Mike Pence has scheduled a press conference Tuesday morning to “discuss and clarify” the law, it’s unlikely the tempest will die down anytime soon, especially as Arkansas considers a similar law in its own legislature.

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House Tea Party leader signs up for ObamaCare | TheHill

One of ObamaCare’s staunchest foes in Congress acknowledged that he has purchased insurance at

“For the record, I am on ObamaCare. Yee-hah!” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said during a town-hall meeting last month.

“My wife complains about it all the time,” he said, according to the Clay Center Dispatch.

Another firebrand conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), admitted last week that he was planning to enroll in insurance through ObamaCare.

via House Tea Party leader signs up for ObamaCare | TheHill.

G20 world leaders’ personal details leak a ‘huge embarrassment’, says Labor | World news | The Guardian

The disclosure of G20 world leaders’ data by Australia is a “huge embarrassment”, shadow immigration minister Richard Marles said on Tuesday, as he called on the government to explain why leaders were not notified of the breach at the time.

The Guardian revealed on Monday that the passport and visa details of G20 leaders attending the summit in Brisbane were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department after an employee mistakenly sent an email to a member of the organising committee of football’s Asian Cup.

via G20 world leaders’ personal details leak a ‘huge embarrassment’, says Labor | World news | The Guardian.

It’s What Jesus Would Have Done


Duke Comes Out Against Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Ahead Of Final Four

Duke University, one of four teams left in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament, on Monday became the latest institution to publicly come out against the “religious freedom” law recently passed in Indiana.

Duke, along with Wisconsin, Kentucky and Michigan State, will head to Indianapolis for the Final Four this weekend. The championship game will also be held in the state next Monday.

via Duke Comes Out Against Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Ahead Of Final Four.

Gov. Mike Pence’s ‘religious freedom’ argument destroyed by … Fox News?

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence spent his weekend ungraciously leaping from the path of questions on the effects and intentions of the new Indiana law allowing public discrimination against gay Americans under the general banner of religious freedom, but one of the few things he has been quite sure of is that this new law is no different from any of the 1990s-era laws, dubbed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, that other states passed back then. This has been the preferred defense of the new law, as the good folks of Fox News and the Republican Party (but I repeat myself) try to patiently explain this to everyone through a rigorous program of repeating it as many times as a conversation will allow.

And here’s Fox News personality Bret Baier, who accidentally destroys that argument in very specific, very concrete terms when he forgets to self-edit his remarks for the Fox News audience.

via Gov. Mike Pence's 'religious freedom' argument destroyed by … Fox News?.

Charles Barkley: Final Four shouldn’t be in Indiana | TheHill

Charles Barkley is arguing the Final Four men’s basketball championship games should be moved out of Indiana because of the state’s new religious freedom law.

Critics charge that the law effectively legalizes discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as long as that discrimination is rooted in religious justification.

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me,” Barkley, the Hall of Fame NBA star and basketball commentator, told USA Today.

“As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.”

via Charles Barkley: Final Four shouldn’t be in Indiana | TheHill.