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10:20 AM ET, March 30, 2012

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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/Marist Poll: Romney leads in Wisconsin primary  —  In the upcoming Wisconsin primary, billed as perhaps the final opportunity to change the trajectory of the Republican presidential contest, frontrunner Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum by seven percentage points, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Why I'm backing Mitt Romney  —  Rep. Paul Ryan threw his support behind Mitt Romney on Friday, hailing him as the “best person to beat the president” and warning that the Republican primary needs to come to an end soon.  —  “Who will make the best president?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Both Democrats and Republicans see Ryan budget as big campaign issue  —  House GOP leaders on Thursday brandished their newly passed 2013 budget as the foundation of the Republican fall election campaign.  —  They know the budget is going nowhere until the November elections …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan endorses Mitt Romney
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan endorses Romney
Discussion: Shakesville, Hot Air and Politico
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney Supporters Yearning for the Personal Side
George H.W. Bush / CNN:
Time to fold 'em, Bush 41 says to Romney's rivals
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Broccoli and Bad Faith  —  Nobody knows what the Supreme Court will decide with regard to the Affordable Care Act.  But, after this week's hearings, it seems quite possible that the court will strike down the “mandate” — the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance — and maybe the whole law.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A stronger prescription for what ails health care  —  In arguments before the Supreme Court this week, the Obama administration might have done just enough to keep the Affordable Care Act from being ruled unconstitutional.  Those who believe in limited government had better hope so, at least.
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
What Conservative Legal Revolution?
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Ezra Klein:
If Obamacare is overturned, will that lead to single payer? And would that be a good thing?
Health Care at the High Court:
GOP Ad Uses Doctored SCOTUS Audio
John Nolte / BREITBART.COM:
ROSEANNE TWEETS ADDRESS OF ZIMMERMAN'S PARENTS - UPDATE: BARR THREATENS TO GO TO HOUSE  —  In the story below this update, Roseanne seems to express some remorse over Tweeting the address of Zimmerman's parents.  —  But here's a fairly recent tweet where she threatens to re-tweet “his address again” and “maybe go 2 hs house myself”:
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Jawa Report
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Wall Street Journal:
Not-So-Smooth Operator  —  Obama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest.  —  Something's happening to President Obama's relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies.  They are now inclined not to like him.  His supporters would say, “Nothing new there,” but actually I think there is.
Discussion: Don Surber and Betsy's Page
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Justice Department dropped case charging threats to Barack Obama  —  The Justice Department has quietly given up on a criminal case involving alleged death threats against Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, leaving in place a legal precedent that the department's own lawyers predicted …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Biden: I don't want ‘real job...you have to produce’  —  Vice President Joe Biden offered a frank assessment of his career in remarks at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night.  According to a White House pool report, Biden, surrounded by the city's movers and shakers …
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Faced Tougher Decisions Than FDR, Biden Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Chris Mooney / DeSmogBlog:
Conservatives versus Science: A New Scientific Validation of the Republican War on Science (and Republican Brain) Thesis  —  UPDATE: The paper discussed below is downloadable here.  —  For a while now, I've been aware of a powerful new paper that directly tests the central argument …
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Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
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Discussion: Gawker, Instapundit and msnbc.com
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Moderate Conservative Dilemma  —  Nathan Fletcher was raised in Arkansas, played college baseball in California and enlisted in the Marines as a reserve in 1997.  He saw combat in 2004, based in the Sunni Triangle in Iraq.  —  One day Fletcher's unit went to relieve a convoy and was …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
North Carolinians support, but don't understand marriage amendment  —  PPP's newest look at the marriage amendment in North Carolina finds it passing by a wide margin, but also that voters don't really understand what the ban does and that once they do things get a lot closer.
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: No recess appointments this time  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell (Ky.) before adjourning the Senate Thursday night that President Obama would not appoint any of his nominees to the executive branch or the bench during the chamber's two-week break.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Marquardt / Associated Press:
Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran  —  JERUSALEM - Two reports today about Iran's nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran …
Jake Shermanand Anna Palmer / Politico:
Republicans retreat on gay marriage  —  Just a few years ago, House Republicans were trying to etch their opposition of gay marriage into the Constitution.  —  Now?  They're almost silent.  —  It's been one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and strategy for Republicans, as they've come nearly full circle on same-sex politics.
JSOnline:
Activities of former Cain operative scrutinized  —  Federal authorities have opened an investigation into two Wisconsin-based corporations founded and run by Mark Block, a veteran political operative who ran Herman Cain's unsuccessful presidential campaign.  —  “They are very interested …
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
 
 
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BBC:
France arrests 19 Islamist suspects in dawn raids
Discussion: americanthinker.com and msnbc.com
Benjamin Zycher / National Review:
The Supremes and the Catholic Charities
Discussion: Power Line and Mother Jones
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
Israel Defense Ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion
Discussion: Israpundit and Informed Comment
Gen John Allen / Telegraph:
‘Guardian angels’ assigned to watch over US troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: emptywheel and Weasel Zippers
Lawrence Hurley / eenews.net:
SUPREME COURT:  —  Justice was blind to some facts in Idaho wetlands case
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency
Jacqueline Thorpe / Bloomberg:
Canada Eliminates Penny Costing Penny-and-a-Half to Make
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Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama
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Associated Press:
Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law
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