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David R. Dow / The Daily Beast:
Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law  —  The Roberts Court's rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age.  If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them.  —  You think the idea is laughable?
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Andrew Koppelman / The New Republic:
The 1918 Case That May Have Foreshadowed Obamacare's Demise  —  It took decades for Congress to address the problem.  When, at long last, federal legislation was passed, some people raised constitutional objections, but few took them seriously.  The objections required the Supreme Court …
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Laurence Tribe: Obama Misspoke on Supreme Court … Constitutional law scholar Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor and former mentor to President Barack Obama, said the president “obviously misspoke” earlier this week when he made comments about the Supreme Court possibly overturning the health-care law.
Nancy Pelosi / CNN:
Pelosi's specific Supreme Court health care prediction
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Scarborough: ‘No One’ In GOP Establishment Thinks Romney Will Beat Obama  —  Unemployment stubbornly over 8%.  His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court.  The “flexibility” moment with Putin's pawn.  Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you?
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama doing better in Nevada  —  Nevada, more than any other state, symbolizes how much the Presidential race has changed over the last six months.  —  In October Barack Obama was unpopular there, with a 44/53 approval rating.  That was the story in our Nevada polling through most of last year.
Discussion: American Prospect and GOP 12
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Is it Over?  —  It's over: CNN estimates that Barack Obama …
Discussion: Campaign 2012
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate Donald Trump Offers To Expose His ‘Very Very’ Impressive Genitals  —  Politico's Mike Allen reported last month that reality star/businessman/attention seeker Donald Trump is building his political stature as a top surrogate for Mitt Romney.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Jennifer Wlach / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney's Birthday Bash at Trump Tower Sells Out
Discussion: USA Today
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Evolution ‘Monkey Bill’ Poised To Become Law In Tennessee  —  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) announced yesterday that he will “probably” sign a bill that attacks the teaching of “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning” …
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Chuck Colson in critical condition after brain surgery  —  Washington (CNN) - Chuck Colson, the convicted Watergate figure turned evangelist, is in critical condition after undergoing surgery over the weekend following a brain hemorrhage, according to his publicist.
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
ACTUAL BILL AYERS RANT: WHY DO ‘UNIFORMED MILITARY’ GET TO BOARD PLANES FIRST?  —  Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn paid an impromptu visit to Occupy Wall Street in New York City Friday, bestowing their advice to a gaggle of elated protesters.  Ayers and Dohrn, former leaders …
ColorOfChange:
APRIL 04, 2012 / BY GABRIEL REY-GOODLATTE Tell Coca-Cola to stop funding ALEC  —  UPDATE 4/4: Coke tells the Washington Examiner it's chosen to end its membership in ALEC.  —  Here's the email we started sending to ColorOfChange members this morning:  —  Dear ColorOfChange.org member,
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defense.gov:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  DOD Announces Charges Referred Against 9-11 Co-Conspirators  —  The Department of Defense announced today that the convening authority, Office of Military Commissions, referred charges to a military commission in the case of “United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed …
Discussion: Hot Air and ThinkProgress
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, alleged 9/11 mastermind, to get new trial
Mj Lee / Politico:
James Carville: Rick Santorum is headless chicken  —  James Carville chose these colorful words to describe Rick Santorum after Mitt Romney swept three Republican primaries Tuesday: “He was like a chicken with his head chopped off.  The chicken is dead.  The only person that don't know it is the chicken.”
Discussion: The Hill
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trayvon Martin resolution introduced  —  Several Congressional Black Caucus members have introduced a resolution that memorializes 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and calls for the repeal of controversial gun laws that allow shooters to claim self-defense.  —  The resolution states …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mitt's media lament  —  Speaking to the Associated Press luncheon that President Obama addressed Tuesday, Mitt Romney began with an extended riff on shortcomings of the political media: … Romney is hardly the first politician to bristle at his treatment at the hands of the press …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama gets laughs and ‘amens’ at prayer breakfast  —  President Obama spoke strongly about his faith at an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Wednesday, at one point getting laughs while quoting Jesus as saying, “in this world you will have trouble.”
Stephanie Simon / Reuters:
Catholic university in Ohio ends birth-control coverage  —  (Reuters) - Xavier University, one of the oldest Roman Catholic colleges in the United States, will cut off birth-control coverage for its employees in July, a move that has divided faculty members and students on the Cincinnati campus.
Lucia Graves / The Huffington Post:
Republican Environmental Group Drops ‘Republican’ From Its Name … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — After 16 years of trying to marry their party's support for drilling and climate change denial with environmental protection, Republicans for Environmental Protection is dropping the word “Republican” from its name.
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
The rubber-glue phenomenon  —  Just a couple of weeks ago, Rachel explained an annoying habit politicians and campaigns invariably pick up.  She called it the “I'm rubber, you're glue; whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you” technique.  —  It's a basic idea we've all seen many times.
New York Post:
Keith needed ‘Diva’ limos e-mails reveal  —  Liberal bloviator Keith Olbermann spent his last days at Current TV driving colleagues nuts with rants about “smelly” drivers who had the audacity to talk to him, according to startling e-mails obtained by The Post.
Sam Anderson / New York Times:
Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive ‘Stupid Games’  —  In 1989, as communism was beginning to crumble across Eastern Europe, just a few months before protesters started pecking away at the Berlin Wall, the Japanese game-making giant Nintendo reached across the world to unleash upon America its own version of freedom.
Capitol Fax.com:
This just in... Tim Johnson to drop out  —  * 4:35 pm - In a move that will surely stun the political establishment, sources say that Congressman Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) intends to drop out of his reelection race.  I'm told by sources that the timing is “imminent” and there will likely be an announcement on Thursday.
Discussion: Ballot Box and Daily Kos
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks to the Newspaper Association of America  —  Location  —  Mitt Romney today delivered remarks to the Newspaper Association of America in Washington, D.C. The following remarks were prepared for delivery:  —  Over the last ten months, I've come to know a good deal …
Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote  —  The Senate's chief referee has issued a key ruling against Majority Leader Harry Reid, POLITICO has learned — a move expected to bring unwanted election-year pressure on the Nevada Democrat to act on politically dicey budget bills.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Mine union boss: Coal industry could suffer same fate as bin Laden  —  The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama Alienates Canada And Mexico At Three Amigos  —  At the U.S.-Mexico-Canada summit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, left, panned Obama for Fast and Furious, and Canadian PM Stephen... View Enlarged Image  —  Diplomacy: Most summits are mush-mouthed affairs full of pleasantries.
Wall Street Journal:
Paul Ryan's Hunger Games  —  The President offers his vision for an uplifting second term.  —  If there's a Laffer Curve for Presidential invective—some point at which dishonest political abuse yields diminishing returns—the White House political team must not think their boss has hit it.
 
 
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USA Today:
Tornadoes catch Dallas area by surprise, halt air traffic
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Obama signs STOCK Act to address ‘deficit of trust’ in Washington
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Four Former DNC Chairs Endorse Marriage Equality In Democratic Platform
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
David Conway / Online Library of Law and Liberty:
Freedom of Speech Wanes in Britain
Discussion: protein wisdom
Washington Examiner:
Colleges skimp on science, spend big on diversity
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Mormonism off limits
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Ryan / Facebook:
The President's Speech Distorts the Truth to Distract From His Failed Record
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. killed after clash with police who responded to his medical emergency
Discussion: Hit & Run and City Room
CNN:
BREAKING: Obama clinches Democratic nomination
Discussion: USA Today
Jennifer Granholm / Politico:
Being uninsured is a mandate, too
Discussion: Right Wing News
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Wide Racial, Partisan Gaps in Reactions to Trayvon Martin Coverage
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Politico