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Could ties predict a victor? A blue silk tie belonging to Jeb Bush (fourth from left) fetched the most at a GOP fundraising auction. (Grafton County Republican Committee)

B to D-plus: The Obama grade drops

- The Washington Times

Time for transparency, perhaps? Veteran pollster John Zogby advises President Obama to “get out in front of critics” and explain why the U.S. has, as many critics put it, “caved” on the Iran negotiations, backing off on close scrutiny of the nation’s developing nuclear infrastructure. Then there are the complexities of Bowe Bergdahl, and his transition from a released prisoner to a soldier charged with desertion. There are some positive aspects to Mr. Obama’s current status, though. Mr. Zogby, who grades the president every week, says that Medicare expansion in some states plus stable favorability rating are good news for the White House.

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

Media distortion of Indiana’s religious freedom bill

‘Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill At Private Ceremony,” blared the headline in the Huffington Post. “Lawmakers To ‘Clarify’ Anti-Gay Law,” screamed National Public Radio. “Indiana’s Pence tries to defend new anti-gay measure,” barked MSNBC. “Pence: Indiana ‘not going to change’ anti-LGBT law,” bellowed CNN.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chair of the Benghazi commission, sent Hillary Rodham Clinton's attorney a letter requesting Mrs. Clinton's email server. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton wiped email server clean, refuses to turn it over

- The Washington Times

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has refused to turn her email server over to an independent third party and claims she has wiped the server clean, dealing a setback to the special investigative committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, the probe said late Friday.

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Associated Press

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NY budget: school funding hike, legislator disclosure deal

- Associated Press

Top New York state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a budget deal late Sunday that includes a big bump in education funding, enhanced legislative ethics rules and several - but not all - of Cuomo's proposed education reforms.

Michigan Legislature revisits major bills from last session

- Associated Press

What's old is new again with the Michigan Legislature as the Republican majorities in the House and Senate reintroduced many bills that died last session or were vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder for various reasons.

Missouri GOP deals with party split at Legislature midpoint

- Associated Press

Armed with greater numbers of Republicans than ever before in the House, Missouri's Legislature still is struggling to find consensus on high-profile legislation as lawmakers return for the second half of the session on Monday.