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2:33 AM ET, April 2, 2012

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Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing States poll: A shift by women puts Obama in lead  —  MILWAUKEE - President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation's dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side.
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Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Don't blame Verrilli: Hard to defend the indefensible  —  So last week's Supreme Court arguments over Obamacare weren't exactly a smashing success for the Obama administration.  How bad was it?  Bad enough that Jeffrey Toobin called the event “a train wreck,” …
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Lawyers Who Voted for Obama Want his Health Care Law to be Upheld  —  That's the gist of this L.A. Times front page article by David Savage, but the headline instead promises  —  Signs of Supreme Court activism worry Reagan administration lawyers.  —  It turns out that the only …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Supreme Court health care debate: If the law fails, what's next?
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Signs of Supreme Court activism worry Reagan administration lawyers
CNN:
Biden stands by Obama on ‘hot mic’ controversy  —  (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden defended President Barack Obama on Sunday, saying the president was only stating “the obvious” in his “hot mic” moment with the Russian president earlier this week.  —  “The idea that in this election year we're …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:   Biden: Romney is “a little out of touch”
Scott Wong / Politico:   Newt amused by hot-mic explanation
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tongue-cutting at Al Jazeera  —  An overtly racist remark from John Podhoertz is grounded in relentless propaganda about the meaning of Terrorism  —  I'm currently conducting interviews as a follow-up to the rather acrimonious debate that erupted this week from my argument that …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Priebus memo: Wis. recall strengthens GOP  —  Republicans will have a better chance at capturing Wisconsin in November thanks to the campaign they're waging now to keep Gov. Scott Walker in office, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus argues in a memo set for release Monday.
Discussion: JSOnline
Townhall.com:
Turn on the Lights For Human Achievement Hour … Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30, environmentalists will observe Earth Hour, turning off all their lights for an hour.  For those who don't want to spend an hour in the dark, the Competitive Enterprise Institute is offering an alternative: Human Achievement Hour.
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Rick Santorum on pressure to quit GOP race; Dean, Barbour preview general election  —  Special Guests: Rick Santorum, Howard Dean, Haley Barbour … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  —  With Republican leaders uniting behind Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum fights for his political life.
Discussion: Advocate and Campaign 2012
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Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Santorum says he's not dropping out even if he loses in Wisconsin
Discussion: NPR, Politico, Ballot Box, CNN and Gawker
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small …
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Trust Republicans on Economy, 38% Trust Democrats More  —  As they have for nearly three years now, voters trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to handling the economy, by far the top issue on a list of 10 regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Voters Trust Republicans on Economy
Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - PALIN TO COURIC: ‘GAME ON’  —  When news broke that Katie Couric will be filling in for Robin Roberts next week on ABC's “Good Morning America,” the country yawned.  Or, at least we did, until we learned that NBC plans to pit “The Rogue Warrior” against “The Perky One” …
CNN:
Rep. Paul Ryan: ‘I really misspoke’  —  (CNN) - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he misspoke earlier in the week when he accused military officials of not being honest about the Pentagon budget.  —  “I really misspoke,” Ryan said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
 
 
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BBC:
Syria rebel fighters ‘to be paid’
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Rob Bluey / Hot Air:
Obama's top two energy advisers on taxpayer-funded junkets to Tokyo, Paris
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems eye policy responses to shooting death of Trayvon Martin
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Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Party Claims Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
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Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws
Kathleen Geier / Washington Monthly:
“Ethicist” sees no ethical issue with excluding women
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Households Earning Less Than $13,000 A Year Spend 9% Of Their Income On Lottery Tickets
 

 
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