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2:55 PM ET, March 29, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Police surveillance video of Zimmerman may show head injury  —  Surveillance video of George Zimmerman arriving at a Sanford, Fla. police station indicates what may be an injury to the back of his head, a Daily Caller analysis shows.  —  ABC News published the video Wednesday evening.
CBS News:
Bloomberg: We don't need vigilantes
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
New Police Video Shows George Zimmerman Unscathed On Night Of Trayvon Martin Shooting
The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
New police video casts doubt on George Zimmerman injuries
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Reaction
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Judicial activists in the Supreme Court  —  Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health-care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Tony Scalia's Retirement Has Started Early  —  Here's the deal.  I think Justice Antonin Scalia isn't even really trying any more.  It's been clear for some time now that he's short-timing his job on the Supreme Court.  The job bores him.  All these inferior intellects coming before him.
Discussion: Balkinization and Althouse
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How did legal observers and Obamacare backers get it so wrong?  —  I didn't mention this yesterday, but in his interview with me about the limiting principle, former Reagan Solicitor General Charles Fried was scaldingly critical of the willingness of the conservative bloc of Supreme Court justices …
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 …
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Early Outlook for the 2012 Congressional Elections: A Forecasting Perspective  —  In today's Crystal Ball, Alan Abramowitz — whose election models are among the best in the business — provides an early look at what they tell us about the race for the House and the Senate.
Discussion: RedState and Ezra Klein
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves 90-day highway bill, dares Senate to reject it
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
0-414 vote: House clobbers budget proposal based on Obama's 2013 plan
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: House reaches bipartisan deal to reject Simpson-Bowles
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP shifts to offense in highway bill fight
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Consistency: Obama budget fails to get a single Democratic vote ... again
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich and Romney held secret meeting  —  Newt Gingrich held a secret meeting with Mitt Romney ahead of the Louisiana primary on Saturday, according to news report citing an anonymous source close to the Gingrich campaign.  —  The two reportedly met at the hotel where Romney was staying in New Orleans.
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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.
Quinnipiac University:
Brown Is 10 Points Up In Ohio Senate Race Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Back Democrat By 17 Points  —  With a commanding lead among women, Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the Democratic incumbent, leads Republican challenger Josh Mandel 46 - 36 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Santorum's last chance (really, this is it)
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Memo: Whatever the Ruling in Health Case, Bipartisan Fallout  —  WASHINGTON — The law professor side of President Obama is highly intrigued by the Supreme Court hearings over the constitutionality of his health care law.  He studied a summary of the arguments aboard Air Force …
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Mr. Health Care Mandate
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Limbaugh sees heat over comments turn down to a simmer  —  View Photo Gallery — Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversial statements: A month after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut,” the heat on him is fading.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo: This Rush Limbaugh boycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?
Logan Smith / Palmetto Public Record:
Haley indictment imminent?  Stay tuned...  Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as this week.
Associated Press:
Obama outspends Republican campaigns by millions  —  CHICAGO (AP) — With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune in recent months to build and maintain a campaign operation that is larger, more diverse and more focused …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for the Left  —  It is typical for politically-engaged people to note the weaknesses and defects of their own side, while overestimating the strength and prowess of their opponents.  This is not a bad instinct, but sometimes it's worth stepping back and trying …
Mark Perry / Foreign Policy:
Israel's Secret Staging Ground  —  U.S. officials believe that the Israelis have gained access to airbases in Azerbaijan.  Does this bring them one step closer to a war with Iran?  —  In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate defeats Dem measure to nix ‘Big Oil’ tax breaks, 51-47  —  The Senate on Thursday thwarted Democratic plans to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks from the largest oil companies, just an hour or so after President Obama urged the chamber to kill off the deductions.
 
 
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Study: Conservatives' Trust of Science Hits All Time Low
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British Freedom of Speech Endangered
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Congressional Black Caucus Chairman to ask Boehner to enforce House dress code across the board
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