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tampabay.com — With Tax Day just over two weeks away (ha, ha, happy Tuesday morning!), it seems like an appropriate time to entertain a common non-Tax-Day-specific gripe: Government is expensive and big and pays for things I don't want. Very good; complaining about taxes and the size of government is timeless, if recently very much in vogue.

Now you can see who visited the White House with Jay Z. (Spoiler: Beyonce.)

washingtonpost.com — Jay Z has been to the White House four times, according to official records. In May 2009, he visited as part of a large group of people, including Robert Gibbs, Grant Hill, Richard Trumka and Emmitt Smith. The other three times, he brought his wife, a woman named Beyoncé with whom you may be familiar.

Angie’s List is fighting Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ bill, and it’s very complicated

washingtonpost.com — When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) ran for governor in 2012, he received massive support from Bill Oesterle of Indianapolis, to the tune of at least $150,000, according to state records. It's not a surprise that Oesterle backed Pence; he'd served as campaign manager for Mitch Daniels, the Republican who preceded Pence in that job, when Daniels first ran in 2004.

Just how big is government, anyway? Really, really, really big.

washingtonpost.com — With Tax Day only two weeks away (haha, happy Monday morning!), it seems like an appropriate time to entertain a common non-Tax-Day-specific gripe: government is expensive and big and pays for things I don't want. Very good; complaining about taxes and the size of government is timeless, if recently very much in vogue.

Why the backlash against Indiana and not other states with similar laws? Timing.

washingtonpost.com — Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) can't seem to figure out why his state has been the focus of condemnation and boycotts after having passed a version of "religious freedom" legislation that already exists in 19 other states. Pointing out those states, Pence told a reporter from the Indianapolis Star, "I just can't account for the hostility that's been directed at our state."

Young people vote less often, but it’s not quite so simple

washingtonpost.com — For no particular reason, we were inspired this week to go back and look at the Census Bureau's historic data on voting trends by race and age. Perhaps it was all of the talk of 2016. Perhaps it was knowing that there were tables of numbers sitting out there, waiting to be charted.

Here Is When Each Generation Begins and Ends, According to Facts

theatlantic.com — We can all agree that Millennials are the worst. But what is a Millennial? A fight between The New York Times and Slate inspired us to try and figure that out.

Your clip-n-save guide to likely 2016 candidates’ Senate ‘vote-a-rama’ votes

washingtonpost.com — There's a tradition in the Senate that the passage of the annual budget will be accompanied by a slew of votes on amendments either somewhat or not-at-all related to the content of the full bill.

DC: Harry Reid is retiring! America: Who is Harry Reid?

washingtonpost.com — Up on Capitol Hill, it's a day of unusual drama: The long-standing head of the Senate Democratic caucus has announced his planned retirement, setting off the expected jostling and positioning. But leaving Capitol Hill, one might safely assume that interest drops off nearly as suddenly as Independence Avenue.

Want to know who has visited the White House? Here’s how.

washingtonpost.com — The White House makes public its logs of visitors to the buildings in the secure area near the Executive Mansion. It can be hard to navigate; it's presented on the site as a long list of visitors with inscrutable codes identifying where they were headed and the people with whom they met.
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Mar 30, 2015

Starting to think that Jay Z is more of a business than a businessman. j.mp/1OSExm8 via @mariabustillos

Mar 30, 2015

I bet Gov. Zephyr Teachout would have backed this, too. j.mp/1NBopE1



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