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8:55 AM ET, March 29, 2012

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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
New Police Video Shows George Zimmerman Unscathed On Night Of Trayvon Martin Shooting  —  ABC News has obtained exclusive video of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman on the night he shot the Florida teenager, speaking to police.  While there is no audio, the video is key evidence …
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Valerie Boey / Orlando and Central Florida News …:
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Zimmerman interview  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.  —  Robert Zimmerman …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trayvon Martin: The 5 Key Unanswered Questions  —  Trayvon Martin, as he appeared on his actual Facebook page  —  It's been more than a month since Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman.  (Get a full rundown of the facts of the case here.)  —  Tonight, ABC News release video footage …
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin: Couple who fled home after Spike Lee tweet hires Morgan firm  —  A couple who say they were forced to leave their home after director Spike Lee re-tweeted their address to his Twitter followers has hired the Morgan & Morgan law firm to represent them.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
George Zimmerman's Father Relates George's Account of Encounter  —  This WOFL FOX 35 extensive interview last night of George Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman, a former judge and Vietnam Veteran, deserves equal time with the video released yesterday of Zimmerman arriving at the jail …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and msnbc.com
Dan Riehl / BREITBART.COM:
BLAME PALIN?  ‘KILL ZIMMERMAN’ TWITTER ACCOUNT LAUNCHED  —  Barack Obama has remained silent as the usual suspects have been busy stirring up hate aimed at George Zimmerman, the Florida Hispanic involved in the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.  Now the anger has taken a new twist …
Jay Firestone / jewishjournal.com:
Sheldon Adelson on Newt: 'He's at the end of his line'  —  Sheldon Adelson, who with wife Miri, has given more than $15 million to the Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, said Monday he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” regarding the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Gingrich says no deal after a secret talk with Romney  —  Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich met secretly with GOP rival Mitt Romney on Saturday, according to a source close to the campaign, but the former House speaker says he has made no deal to end his bid for the GOP nomination.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama leads Romney and Santorum in November showdowns
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Rubio endorses Romney for president
Marco Rubio / CNN:
TRENDING: Rubio endorses Romney, argues GOP should ‘come together’
Discussion: Campaign 2012, Politico and The Hill
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney, Avoids Vice Presidential Speculation
Discussion: The Caucus
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee'
Discussion: GOP 12, Fox News and Scared Monkeys
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Will Medicaid be sacrificed?  (FINAL UPDATE 7:08 pm)  —  Analysis  —  Unless a closing oration by a top government lawyer stirs some real sympathy for the poor, the new health care law's broad expansion of the Medicaid program that serves the needy may be sacrificed …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A lift for the mandate? (FINAL UPDATE 5:12 pm)
Los Angeles Times:   Justices suggest Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justices poised to strike down entire healthcare law
Peter Landers / Washington Wire:
A Medicaid Twist in Health-Law Arguments
Discussion: Law Blog and Washington Monthly
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Dems Warn Of ‘Grave Damage’ To SCOTUS If ‘Obamacare’ Is Struck Down  —  A handful of Senate Democrats sought to assure doubtful liberals that the Supreme Court justices aren't ready to strike down their crowning achievement Wednesday, standing before cameras and mics Wednesday in front of the court.
Discussion: Swampland, TBogg, Mediaite, Salon and CBS News
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Reid Cherlin / GQ:
Take It From Me: Defending Obamacare is Super-Hard  —  It so happens that I'm packing up my apartment and moving out of Washington today after eight years of residence, most of which were spent in politics and government.  One of the items I just bubble-wrapped is a framed copy of The L …
Discussion: Don Surber, Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
JSOnline:
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Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth's Hazing Abuses  —  A Dartmouth degree is a ticket to the top - but first you may have to get puked on by your drunken friends and wallow in human filth  —  Andrew Lohse visits the Dartmouth campus where he has come forward to report …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama budget defeated 414-0  —  President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.  —  The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal …
BBC:
New attacks target Jews in France  —  Three children and a teacher were shot dead at a Jewish school in Toulouse  —  There has been a call for vigilance in France after an assault on a Jewish boy, the latest anti-Semitic incident reported since the Toulouse massacre.
Discussion: Via Meadia
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Scott Sayare / New York Times:
After Killings in France, Muslims Fear a Culture of Diversity Is at Risk
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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