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Live Chat with Mark Schmitt at 2 p.m.

Mark Schmitt joins The Hive today to chat about the early reform rhetoric we are already hearing regarding 2016 (sub req), his recent paper on a new framework for democratic reform and any other topics you are interested in. Schmitt is the director of the program on political reform at the New America Foundation -- in this capacity he develops new approaches to understanding and reforming the market for political power.

A prominent writer on politics and public policy, with experience in government, philanthropy and journalism, he is also a columnist for The New Republic and a leading voice on political reform, budget and tax policy, and social policy.

Please feel free to drop in your questions at or before 2 p.m.! This chat will be moderated by TPM.

The Curious Indifference to an Iranian Bomb

There is no shortage of hyperbolic commentary about the framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. But one strain of the conversation is particularly odd and deserves more attention. In what can only taken as a tacit admission that the proposed restrictions on Iran's program are quite strong, we are now hearing that the agreement needs to include restrictions on Iranian ballistic missile development, support for Hezbollah and Hamas, support for the Assad regime in Syria, support for terrorism and even more amorphously an end to destabilizing the Middle East. Perhaps most preposterously, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is demanding that Iranian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

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Go Forth and Troll No More

It seems like we are well into the concern-troll phase of the cake-pizza-flower wars/freedom movement, which one might call either an organized retreat or a fall back to guerrilla insurgency in the all but lost battle against gay marriage. Because really, a lot of this is not that complicated. If you ask a baker to bake a cake that says "God hates gays" and they refuse, that's not an imposition on your religion - unless you're a complete moron.

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Hiring: Front Page Runner at TPM

If you're really into news and digital news publishing and want to get a start in the business, here's a great job. It's an entry level or near entry level position as our Front Page Runner. What it requires is a lot of enthusiasm and smarts, ready familiarity with headline writing, social media and the full horizon of US politics. Sense of humor also required. Is it for you? Does this sound like a great opportunity for someone you know? If so, please check out the full job listing after the jump.

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Chat With Mark Schmitt About Reform Rhetoric Shaping the 2016 Election

Mark Schmitt joins The Hive tomorrow to chat about the early reform rhetoric we are already hearing regarding 2016 (sub req), his recent paper on a new framework for democratic reform and any other topics you are interested in. Schmitt is the director of the program on political reform at the New America Foundation -- in this capacity he develops new approaches to understanding and reforming the market for political power.

A prominent writer on politics and public policy, with experience in government, philanthropy and journalism, he is also a columnist for The New Republic and a leading voice on political reform, budget and tax policy, and social policy.

Please feel free to drop in your questions at or before 2 p.m. on 4/7! This chat will be moderated by TPM.

Down the Tubes

'Religious liberty' bill goes down the tubes in Nevada. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal courtesy of TPM Reader JP ...

Nevada legislation criticized as giving businesses and corporations a license to discriminate against gay customers appears to have fizzled in light of nationwide outrage over similar “religious freedom” bills in Arkansas and Indiana.

Silver State officials opposing the bill in Carson City gained a high-profile backer late Thursday.

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The Emerging GOP War Platform

It's fascinating how, in addition to genuflection to the person of Benjamin Netanyahu, breaking off any nuclear agreement with Iran is quickly becoming a litmus test for GOP presidential candidates. If you look around, virtually everyone who doesn't oppose any agreement or has strong ideological commitments that preclude support, is surprised at how tight the restrictions the US negotiated ended up being. (Examples one and two; Dennis Ross struggles to find quibbles.) There are real questions about how much latitude the next president would have to tear up an agreement within the bounds of international law. But Jeb Bush has already signed on: he'll try to ditch it. And now Scott Walker says he will, too.

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2010 or 2014?

With all the polls out about the 2016 presidential race, all of which show Hillary Clinton with a solid lead over every GOP contender, it's important to remember that it is always hard for a party to win a third term in the White House. Always. But there's another factor we've seen this week which is important to note and follow. Is the Indiana 'religious liberty' debacle a portent for 2016 that will make it more like the 2010 and 2012 cycles.

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