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4:20 PM ET, March 26, 2012


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Moving on to the mandate (FINAL UPDATE)  —  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.
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.
First glimpses of Supreme Court's thinking on health law  —  As protesters chanted outside, the Supreme Court opened three days of hearings Monday on a landmark health care law with questions about whether the case is even ready to be decided.  —  Justices on both ends of the ideological …
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.”
Romney on health care law: It's an ‘attack’  —  San Diego, Calif. (CNN) - As the Supreme Court met to hear arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law, GOP candidate Mitt Romney assailed the president's signature initiative as a federal power grab and a drag on economic growth.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
SCOTUS skeptical of idea that mandate is a tax
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza / The Atlantic Online:
How Obamacare Will Be Settled: A Primer on the Commerce Clause
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Today's Threshold Issue
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head  —  With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head …
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Killing Lead Prosecutor Says George Zimmerman Could Walk  —  The nationwide clamor for an arrest notwithstanding, the lead prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case tells ABC News that convicting his killer, the neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, could prove difficult.
Witness Says He Saw Trayvon Attack Zimmerman (Video)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Newsy
Frances Robles /
As thousands prepare for rally, family confirms Trayvon was suspended over marijuana
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Mother Seeks Trayvon Martin Trademarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
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
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama tells Russia he'll have ‘more flexibility’ after election
Discussion: GOP 12, Indecision Forever and Hot Air
David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Rick Santorum Doesn't Rule Out Possible VP Slot: 'I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country.'  —  In an interview at our Brody File studio on Monday, Rick Santorum refused to rule out accepting an invitation to be Mitt Romney's vice president nominee, saying, “I'll do whatever is necessary to help our country.”
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney surrogate says Santorum has lost ‘self-control and discipline’
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Mj Leeand Tim Mak / Politico:
Rick Santorum defends ‘bulls—’ comment
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and
Al Cardenas / The Daily Caller:
Time for conservatives to unite behind Governor Mitt Romney
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
The Sad End of the Gingrich Campaign
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Santorum Chews Out NYT's Jeff Zeleny: 'Quit Distorting My Words... It's Bullsh*t!'
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Obama's health law proving successful  —  Just in time for the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the law's constitutionality this week.  —  This is a political column.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
PRESS ADVISORY: ‘Republicans For Mandating Coverage’ Calls On The Supreme Court To Uphold Health Reform
Discussion: Blue Virginia
In His Best/Worst Video Yet, Herman Cain Shoots A Bunny  —  The bunny apparently represents small business.  UPDATE: Video removed from YouTube for spam, scams, and deceptive content.  —  Source:  —  UPDATE: The video has been removed from YouTube:  —  We are reaching out to both sides for comment.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:   Cain video shows rabbit catapulted, shot
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.
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” …
Katie Pavlich /
Under 40?  Obama Has Branded You  —  President Obama has named the generation under 40 years of age “generation 44.”  The number 44 stands for 44th president, or in other words, Obama named the generation after....himself.  Surprised?  Me either. … Luckily as the folks over at …
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Amanda Marcotte / American Prospect:
Mad 21st Century Men  —  I'll have to work this in quickly before it becomes a cliché, but despite the show title, female characters have eclipsed male characters in audience sympathies on Mad Men.  Identity is the show's primary concern, putting the rapidly changing gender roles …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Feministing
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John Sweeney / BBC:
Park Romney: Why he turned against the Mormon church
Discussion: The Raw Story and Biased BBC
Rebecca Smith / Telegraph:
Elderly dying due to ‘despicable age discrimination in NHS’
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Dogs and Cats Living Together
Discussion: Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Betsy's Page
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