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11:05 AM ET, March 26, 2012


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Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza / The Atlantic Online:
How Obamacare Will Be Settled: A Primer on the Commerce Clause  —  As the Supreme Court hears arguments about the individual mandate, a complete look at the history of similar constitutional decisions.  —  Amid rampant speculation over the fate of Obamacare in the Supreme Court …
Discussion: Guardian and The Agonist
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Health Act Arguments Open With Obstacle From 1867  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday starts three days of hearings on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul law, an epic clash that could recast the very structure of American government.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters expect justices' personal views to decide health case  —  Half of likely voters want the Supreme Court to overturn President Obama's healthcare law, according to The Hill's latest poll.  —  Just 42 percent said the court should uphold the law, with 50 percent saying it should be struck down.
Discussion: CBS News and Hot Air
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court weighs the fate of Obama's landmark healthcare law  —  President Obama's signature domestic achievement — and, with it, a big part of his political legacy — is now in the hands of the Supreme Court.  —  The nine justices on Monday will begin hearing three consecutive days …
CNN:   Court challenge holds high stakes for Obama
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’  —  SEOUL, South Korea — At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama asks Russia for ‘space’ through election  —  SEOUL - President Barack Obama offered a private request Monday to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some “space” on missile defense ahead of November's elections.  —  “On all these issues, particularly on missile defense, this …
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
CBS News:
NYT reporter: Santorum outburst was for cameras  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) — When presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost his cool with the press on Sunday, he was playing to the cameras to build support among conservative Republicans, the New York Times reporter who was on the other end …
Discussion: Washington Post and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
GOP race nears tipping point
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Santorum: Romney “worst Republican” to face Obama
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Santorum Calls Romney ‘Worst Republican’ to Run Against Obama
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's Senator Mike Lee urges GOP to back Romney
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
A Top House Leader Backs Romney
Ker Than / National Geographic:
James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Mariana Trench Dive  —  Solo sub dive is deepest ever.  —  The explorer-filmmaker emerges from his sub after returning from Challenger Deep.  —  Ker Than  —  At noon, local time (10 p.m. ET), James Cameron's “vertical torpedo” …
David Hamilton / CNET:
James Cameron hits the world's floor — and returns  —  The director pilots a submersible to the ocean's deepest point in the Mariana Trench, becoming the first person to make the nearly 7-mile dive alone.  Naturally, a 3D film is in the works.  —  Follow @david_hamilton
Discussion: Grist, Newsy and The Stranger …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lobbyists, Guns and Money  —  Florida's now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is.  And it's tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos.
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
The Sad End of the Gingrich Campaign  —  “At an age when most young men are focused on playing sports and meeting girls, Newt was fantasizing about saving the world.”  —Steven M. Gillon, The Pact, 2008  —  Despite Newt Gingrich's best efforts, it looks like the world is going to have to save itself.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Can Matt Rhoades Go Big?  —  Give Romney's campaign manager credit: His careful defense and kitchen-sink offense have delivered the Republican nomination to a moderate from Massachusetts.  Now Romney and his “Terminator” need the vision thing.  —  BOSTON, Mass. — The day after Super Tuesday …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Emre Azizlerli / BBC:
Proving you're gay to the Turkish army  —  Military service is mandatory for all Turkish men - they can only escape it if they are ill, disabled or homosexual.  But proving homosexuality is a humiliating ordeal.  —  “They asked me when I first had anal intercourse, oral sex, what sort of toys I played with as a child...”
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Poll grades President Obama on three Es
Discussion: Gallup and New York Times
Chicago Tribune:
2 killed, 6 others wounded, in South, West side shootings
Michael Sangiacomo / Plain Dealer:
Gay and lesbian couples celebrate at mass ‘wedding’ at Cleveland's Galleria
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tyler Durden /
The First Crack: $270 Billion In Student Loans Are At Least 30 Days Delinquent
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Hit & Run
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
El Cajon police ask public's help to solve Iraqi woman's beating death
Discussion: Feministing and Informed Comment
Molly Chance / CBS Los Angeles:
Company May Get $4.9B Federal Loan For High Speed Rail Linking Victorville And Vegas
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Ryan Promises To Close Tax Loopholes, But Won't Say Which
Washington Post:
Cheney doing ‘exceedingly well’ after heart transplant
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
 Earlier Items: 
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Slower jobs growth for women voters could cost Obama in election
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
David Plouffe talks energy, elections; Rep. Paul Ryan defends GOP budget plan
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
A Bailout by Another Name
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
At CIA, a convert to Islam leads the terrorism hunt
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Stupid or Lying: Wildly Overpaid Faculty Edition