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1:50 PM ET, March 27, 2012

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Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Audio update from Tom  —  I stepped out of the oral argument to provide this audio report (at bottom of page).  —  For those who prefer reading, here is a summary of the report:  —  Based on the questions posed to Paul Clement, the lead attorney for the state challengers to the individual mandate …
Discussion: Blue Mass Group
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Washington Wire:
Recap: Obama Health Law at the Supreme Court, Day 2 … The main event in the Supreme Court's three-day review of the Obama administration's health-care overhaul law got under way Tuesday morning, with the justices considering whether Congress exceeded its constitutional powers …
Discussion: The Caucus
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Hard Questions From Justices Over Insurance Mandate  —  With the fate of President Obama's health care law hanging in the balance at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, a lawyer for the administration faced a barrage of skeptical questions from the four of the court's more conservative justices.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill and Truthdig
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  John Roberts May Have Tipped His Hand On ‘Obamacare’ Reasoning  —  In a little-noticed exchange Monday, conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts may have tipped his hand that he's entertaining the possibility that the health care law's individual mandate can be upheld …
Politico:
Conservative justices ask tough questions on individual mandate  —  Conservative justices expressed fears Tuesday that forcing Americans to buy health insurance would open the door to other intrusive requirements from the federal government.  —  On the second day of oral arguments …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Mid-argument update (with audio)  —  (10:52am) - I left the Court to provide this update.  We are halfway through the mandate argument; the SG is done.  It is essentially clear that the four more liberal members of the Court will vote in favor of the mandate.  But there is no fifth vote yet.
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
People Are Saying That Obama's Healthcare Law Got Massacred At The Supreme Court Today  —  The Supreme Court just wrapped up the second day of oral arguments in the landmark case against President Obama's healthcare overhaul, and reports from inside the courtroom indicate that the controversial law took quite a beating.
Discussion: Law Blog, LifeNews.com and Hot Air
Byron Tau / Politico:
Toobin: Health law 'looks like it's going to be struck down'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Weasel Zippers
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: It is Kennedy's call
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Justices Challenge Government Over Health Law
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Do today's oral arguments matter?
New York Times:
A Libertarian's Pet Cause Reaches the Supreme Court
Mark Strassmann / CBS News:
New details deepen Trayvon Martin controversy  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) SANFORD, Fla. - New information is putting a new twist on the Trayvon Martin case.  —  It has come out that the unarmed teenager was suspended from school, and is accused of beating up the man who then shot him dead.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin - Basic Geography May Cut Against Zimmerman (Or Not - See UPDATE)  —  [Upon booth review of the Zimmerman call to 911 I am reversing the call on the field.  The initial address offered by Zimmerman does not jibe with the final location he described - see UPDATE].
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin's tweets  —  The Daily Caller has obtained a compilation of the late Trayvon Martin's tweets.  —  The social media scan, executed on PeopleBrowsr and supplied to TheDC by the individual who performed the search, contains tweets from the last month of Martin's life …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)  —  Trayvon Martin, as he appeared on his actual Facebook page  —  Over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's four-car fantasy home  —  SAN DIEGO — At Mitt Romney's proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.  —  There's also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home's entire living quarters.
Darius Dixon / Reuters:
Dmitry Medvedev tells GOP: Cold War is over  —  Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Mitt Romney and the other GOP presidential candidates Tuesday that they need to flip their calendars out of the Cold War and stop making Russia out to be America's “No. 1 enemy.”
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Slate:
The president was overheard telling the Russian president: “After my election I have more flexibility.”
Associated Press:
Obama: I'm not “hiding the ball” on Russia
Discussion: Hot Air and The Agonist
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA to impose first greenhouse gas limits on power plants  —  The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal.  The move could end the construction …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA to kill new coal-fired plants through first-ever greenhouse-gas regulations
Mj Lee / Politico:
Palin to Santorum: 'Don't retreat'  —  Sarah Palin applauded Rick Santorum Monday night for accusing a New York Times reporter of “bull—  ” over the weekend, saying she was glad to hear about the presidential candidate's outburst and adding, “Welcome to my world, Rick, and good on ya.
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Pro-Romney PAC Killing Machine With Attack Ads
Discussion: msnbc.com, GOP 12 and The Brody File
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama's 2nd-term agenda?  House Dems propose raising taxes by 40%, including on middle class  —  Just what would President Barack Obama do in a second term if had maximum “flexibility”?  Consider his first term: Even though Obama was elected along with huge Democratic majorities in the House and Senate …
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservatives4Palin
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House conservatives to unveil budget which balances books faster
Discussion: Washington Post
BuzzFeed:
In Secret Documents, Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked To Divide Gays, Blacks  —  Blunt language and broad plans from the National Organization for Marriage.  A goal: “Fanning the hostility.”  Another project: “Sideswiping Obama.”  —  The leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned …
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NOM Blog:
NOM Proud of Strong Record on Minority Partnerships
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Stranger …
KGTV-TV:
iPads, Laptops Stolen From Romney Aides' SUV  —  Stolen Items May Have Valuable Information For Opponents Of GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney  —  SAN DIEGO — 10News has uncovered a crime against members of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign which may have compromised sensitive information related …
Jonathan Karl / Reuters:
Frustrated Senator Olympia Snowe Gives Obama an ‘F’  —  Spinners and Winners  —  If there were ever a Republican for President Obama to work with, it was Maine Senator Olympia Snowe.  She was one of just three Republicans in the entire Congress to vote for his economic stimulus plan in 2009 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Hill and Hotline On Call
 
 
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