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12:55 PM ET, March 26, 2012


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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.
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: The Agonist
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Absolutely everything you need to know about health reform's Supreme Court debut  —  Today's the day.  The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments as to the constitutionality of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  Note that phrase: “Various provisions.”
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Moving on to the mandate  —  When Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., commented at the end of Monday's first day of hearings on the health care law, “We'll continue argument on this case tomorrow,” it seemed to have a secondary meaning even if he did not intend it.
Health care reform — now it's up to the Supreme Court to diagnose
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters expect justices' personal views to decide health case
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and Hot Air
David Nather / Politico:
Pick an ending: 6 ways the Supreme Court might rule
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Time and CNN
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 …
New York Times:
Santorum Ignores Party Pressure to Quit Race
Discussion: and The Caucus
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Santorum: Romney “worst Republican” to face Obama
Al Cardenas / The Daily Caller:
Time for conservatives to unite behind Governor Mitt Romney  —  We don't need a fight on the Convention floor in Tampa to justify the strength of the conservative movement.  One needs to look no further than the 2010 repossession of the House of Representatives, our big gains in the Senate …
Discussion: Washington Wire and BuzzFeed
Al Cardenas / The Daily Caller:
Time for conservatives to unite behind Governor Mitt Romney
Discussion: Ballot Box and Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Martin / Politico:   GOP race nears tipping point
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
Discussion: Grist, Newsy and The Stranger …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Recent Developments in the Labor Market  —  My remarks today will focus on recent and prospective developments in the labor market.  We have seen some positive signs on the jobs front recently, including a pickup in monthly payroll gains and a notable decline in the unemployment rate.  That is good news.
Liberty Street Economics:
Prospects for the U.S. Labor Market
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Cain video shows rabbit catapulted, shot  —  Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain released an edgy video Monday that appears to show a rabbit getting shot.  —  The video uses computer-generated effects to show a rabbit being catapulted into the air and then shot by a man with a rifle …
Discussion: Politico
In His Best/Worst Video Yet, Herman Cain Shoots A Bunny
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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.
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 …
Eric Bradner / Evansville Courier & Press:
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Robo-call users didn't fair well with voters  —  INDIANAPOLIS - In his effort to end illegal political “robo-calls,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller tried an informal truce with the chairs of both of the state parties.  —  But a handful of candidates …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Martin Sheen salutes Obama, Dems in DCCC video
Discussion: CNN
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Unborn Afghan Child Said to Be 17th Victim of Shootings
Discussion: and News Desk
Mj Lee / Politico:
Gov. Rick Scott: Give George Zimmerman ‘due process’
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Hill
Mj Lee / Politico:
Poll grades President Obama on three Es
Discussion: Gallup and New York Times
 Earlier Items: 
Chicago Tribune:
2 killed, 6 others wounded, in South, West side shootings
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
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Slower jobs growth for women voters could cost Obama in election