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1:25 AM ET, March 30, 2012

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Tracy Martin recounts police version of son Trayvon's death  —  A police detective told the father of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin that his son initiated two confrontations with the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot him.  —  Tracy Martin, describing the police version of events …
David Remnick / News Desk:
Bruce and Trayvon: American Skin  —  Last night, I bolted work to catch the first show of two by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in Philadelphia.  I first saw Springsteen when he was the opening act for Chicago, in 1973 (which means I saw him even before Jon Landau branded him, indelibly, as “rock and roll's future").
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Palin Believes Obama Orchestrated Martin Remarks  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said lawmakers need to tone down the rhetoric in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting and suggested that President Obama orchestrated remarks he made about the teenager's death.
Extra:
‘Extra’ Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey Sounds-Off on Trayvon Martin Tragedy  —  “Extra's” AJ Calloway sat down exclusively with Oprah Winfrey in St. Louis, where she spoke for the first time about the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  She also talked about cancelling Rosie O'Donnell's show …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Skittles Sales Up After Trayvon Martin Shooting
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
A Moment of Silence for Obamacare  —  Prayers, depression, and Latin phrases.  Obamacare looks to have had another very bad day.  —  The Supreme Court heard three days of oral argument on the Affordable Care Act  —  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.  —  It bears pointing out that for all …
New York Post:
A supreme shock for ‘La-La’ libs  —  The panicked reception in the mainstream media of the three-day Supreme Court health-care marathon is a delightful reminder of the nearly impenetrable parochialism of American liberals.  —  They're so convinced of their own correctness …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Overconfidence: the fatal flaw
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: 'We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice' on budget  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) expressed skepticism Thursday that U.S. military leaders were being honest in their budget requests to Congress.  —  “We don't think the generals …
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David Rogers / Politico:
Paul Ryan budget passes on partisan vote
Discussion: The Hill and Indecision Forever
BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Will Endorse Romney  —  A source tells BuzzFeed the Budget Chairman's staff told Rick Santorum he'll back the frontrunner.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the icon of the anti-spending movement in the Republican Party …
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ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney Confirms Secret Meeting With Newt Gingrich Last Week
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Hot Air
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has lent his name to a fundraising solicitation that raises the specter of millionaires and billionaires funding an outside effort against President Obama.  —  “When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Un-Godly liars: the Catholic Bishops should just run for office if they want to be politicians  —  Un-Godly liars  —  I suspect that most of the smart Jesuits I've known in my life would weep to hear this drivel: … That's going to come as a hell of a surprise to the founders of this country.
Discussion: The Confluence and Newshoggers.com
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Timothy Dolan: Expanding Access To Birth Control Would Undermine ‘The American Enterprise,’ Spread ‘Secularism’
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves 90-day highway bill, dares Senate to reject it  —  The House on Thursday morning approved a 90-day extension of federal highway programs over the objections of angry Democrats, a move that dares Senate Democrats to reject the bill just days before federal authorization expires.
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Early Outlook for the 2012 Congressional Elections: A Forecasting Perspective
Discussion: RedState and Ezra Klein
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Pray for transportation bill
Discussion: Politico
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.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Mitt Romney can thank President Obama's “flexibility” for Marco Rubio's endorsement.  —  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Sen. Rubio revealed that President Obama's recent “open mic” gaffe with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sparked his endorsement of Mitt Romney for president Wednesday night.
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Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Rubio's Romney endorsement and the vice-presidential calculus | Harry J Enten
Discussion: Eunomia, ABCNEWS and msnbc.com
Apickering / Fair Labor Association:
Foxconn Investigation Report  —  Publication date:  —  Thursday, March 29, 2012  —  On February 13, FLA launched an independent investigation into labor rights allegations at Foxconn, an Apple supplier in China.  FLA assessors logged more than 3,000 staff hours inside the factories.
Discussion: GigaOM, BBC and Mike Daisey
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New York Times:
Electronic Giant Vowing Reforms in China Plants
Discussion: The Stranger …
Aeisenberg / Fair Labor Association:
Fair Labor Association Secures Commitment to Limit Workers' Hours, Protect Pay at Apple's Largest Supplier
Paul Thompson / Telegraph:
Parents of murdered British students criticise Barack Obama  —  The parents of two British students murdered in Florida have criticised President Barack Obama for his lack of compassion over their son's deaths.  —  Shawn Tyson  —  His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House …
Brian Brown / NOM Blog:
“Gay Marriage has Backfired...”, NOM Marriage News  —  “Gay marriage has backfired on the Democratic Party.”  —  With those words one of my personal heroes, New York State Sen Rev. Rubén Díaz (a Democrat from the Bronx) opened his press release titled, “What you should know.”
Discussion: Good As You and Holy Bullies …
Health Care at the High Court:
GOP Ad Uses Doctored SCOTUS Audio  —  The GOP ad released online earlier this week makes it appear Solicitor General Donald Verrilli gave a worse presentation than he did, a Bloomberg News analysis of the ad and the court's official audio recording shows.  The full story follows:
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
 
 
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Gingrich fields question from former child janitor at Georgetown event
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Faced Tougher Decisions Than FDR, Biden Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Passes Budget Blueprint
Discussion: Truthdig
Associated Press:
Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law
George H.W. Bush / CNN:
Time to fold 'em, Bush 41 says to Romney's rivals
Discussion: Politico
Irin Carmon / Salon:
How to kill an abortion bill
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Shakesville
BuzzFeed:
Nicolle Wallace: Palin Will Shadow 2012 Veepstakes
Discussion: Salon and Jezebel
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Report: House Democrat spent campaign funds on numerous California trips
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney donor at center of ‘pink slime’ controversy
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
Subway Kills Five-Dollar Footlongs in S.F. Due to “Higher Cost of Doing Business”
Discussion: msnbc.com
New York Post:
A wristslap for Charlie  —  Charlie Rangel is one lucky congressman …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for the Left
Jason Koebler / US News:
Study: Conservatives' Trust of Science Hits All Time Low
 

 
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