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5:10 PM ET, March 26, 2012


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Moving on to the mandate (FINAL UPDATE)  —  When Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., commented at the end of Monday's first day of hearings on the health care law, “We'll continue argument on this case tomorrow,” it seemed to have a secondary meaning even if he did not intend it.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Health Act Arguments Open With Obstacle From 1867  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday starts three days of hearings on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul law, an epic clash that could recast the very structure of American government.
First glimpses of Supreme Court's thinking on health law  —  As protesters chanted outside, the Supreme Court opened three days of hearings Monday on a landmark health care law with questions about whether the case is even ready to be decided.  —  Justices on both ends of the ideological …
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Absolutely everything you need to know about health reform's Supreme Court debut  —  Today's the day.  The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments as to the constitutionality of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  Note that phrase: “Various provisions.”
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Obama's health law proving successful  —  Just in time for the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the law's constitutionality this week.  —  This is a political column.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Justices Seem Skeptical Heath Care Challenge Will Be Delayed  —  While supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act demonstrated outside at the Supreme Court today, inside the majestic chambers the nine justices heard arguments regarding whether it was premature for the court to hear a challenge to the health care law.
Discussion: Politico
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
SCOTUS skeptical of idea that mandate is a tax
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza / The Atlantic Online:
How Obamacare Will Be Settled: A Primer on the Commerce Clause
Romney on health care law: It's an ‘attack’
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
PRESS ADVISORY: ‘Republicans For Mandating Coverage’ Calls On The Supreme Court To Uphold Health Reform
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Today's Threshold Issue
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head  —  With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Mother Seeks Trayvon Martin Trademarks  —  Records: Late teenager's kin filed pair of applications last week  —  The mother of Trayvon Martin has filed two applications to secure trademarks containing her late son's name, records show.  —  Sabrina Fulton is seeking marks for the phrases …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and Hot Air
Frances Robles /
Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin  —  SANFORD — Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school in October in an incident in which he was found in possession of women's jewelry and a screwdriver that a schools security staffer described as a “burglary tool,” The Miami Herald has learned.
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Killing Lead Prosecutor Says George Zimmerman Could Walk
Witness Says He Saw Trayvon Attack Zimmerman (Video)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Newsy
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Five States Still Debating ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws After Trayvon Martin's Tragic Death
Discussion: Republic Report and GazetteNET
CNN poll: Majority call for arrest in Trayvon Martin shooting
Discussion: Politico and This Just In
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’  —  SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama asks Russia for ‘space’ through election
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama tells Russia he'll have ‘more flexibility’ after election
CBS News:
NYT reporter: Santorum outburst was for cameras  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) — When presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost his cool with the press on Sunday, he was playing to the cameras to build support among conservative Republicans, the New York Times reporter who was on the other end …
Mj Leeand Tim Mak / Politico:
Rick Santorum defends ‘bulls—’ comment
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Santorum Chews Out NYT's Jeff Zeleny: 'Quit Distorting My Words... It's Bullsh*t!'
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
The Sad End of the Gingrich Campaign
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney surrogate says Santorum has lost ‘self-control and discipline’
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lobbyists, Guns and Money  —  Florida's now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is.  And it's tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos.
In His Best/Worst Video Yet, Herman Cain Shoots A Bunny  —  The bunny apparently represents small business.  UPDATE: Video removed from YouTube for spam, scams, and deceptive content.  —  Source:  —  UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube:  —  We are reaching out to both sides for comment.
Ker Than / National Geographic:
James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Mariana Trench Dive  —  Solo sub dive is deepest ever.  —  The explorer-filmmaker emerges from his sub after returning from Challenger Deep.  —  Ker Than  —  At noon, local time (10 p.m. ET), James Cameron's “vertical torpedo” …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newt Gingrich loses his print reporters  —  Newt Gingrich has lost his last embedded print reporters, reporters on the trail confirm.  —  The last two print reporters covering Gingrich full-time on the trail — from POLITICO and the Atlanta Journal Constitution — pulled out on Friday.
Discussion: GOP 12
Amanda Marcotte / American Prospect:
Mad 21st Century Men  —  I'll have to work this in quickly before it becomes a cliché, but despite the show title, female characters have eclipsed male characters in audience sympathies on Mad Men.  Identity is the show's primary concern, putting the rapidly changing gender roles …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Feministing
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Jon Stephenson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
U.S.-led talks with Taliban going nowhere, report says
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jill Abramson talks Israel-Iran coverage
Discussion: emptywheel
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Customs Will Recognize Same-Sex Families At Borders
Zac Morgan / Center for Competitive Politics:
The Anniversary of and the Rise of the Super PAC
Discussion: Politico
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Rick Santorum Doesn't Rule Out Possible VP Slot: 'I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country.'
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and Daily Kos
Bank Lobby's Onslaught Shifts Debate on Volcker Rule
Discussion: The New Republic
Katie Pavlich /
Under 40? Obama Has Branded You
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
John Sweeney / BBC:
Park Romney: Why he turned against the Mormon church
Discussion: Biased BBC and The Raw Story
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Rebecca Smith / Telegraph:
Elderly dying due to ‘despicable age discrimination in NHS’
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Dogs and Cats Living Together
Discussion: Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
Governor 13.3%  —  Jerry Brown's latest California accomplishment.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Texas Had ‘Fewer Than Five’ Voter Impersonation Cases Over Three Years
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Anoka-Hennepin School District Rebuffs Conservative Group's Requests
Al Cardenas / The Daily Caller:
Time for conservatives to unite behind Governor Mitt Romney

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How World Politics Review went from a side project to a paywalled news destination

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