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5:40 PM ET, March 27, 2012


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: It is Kennedy's call (FINAL UPDATE 3:14 pm)  —  Analysis  —  If Justice Anthony M. Kennedy can locate a limiting principle in the federal government's defense of the new individual health insurance mandate, or can think of one on his own, the mandate may well survive.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Toobin: Health law 'looks like it's going to be struck down'  —  CNN's legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin reports that the court's conservative wing appeared skeptical of the Obama administration's arguments in favor of the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Audio update from Tom  —  I stepped out of the oral argument to provide this audio report (at bottom of page).  —  For those who prefer reading, here is a summary of the report:  —  Based on the questions posed to Paul Clement, the lead attorney for the state challengers to the individual mandate …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Hard Questions From Justices Over Insurance Mandate  —  With the fate of President Obama's health care law hanging in the balance at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, a lawyer for the administration faced a barrage of skeptical questions from the four of the court's more conservative justices.
Washington Wire:
Recap: Obama Health Law at the Supreme Court, Day 2 … The main event in the Supreme Court's three-day review of the Obama administration's health-care overhaul law got under way Tuesday morning, with the justices considering whether Congress exceeded its constitutional powers …
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
People Are Saying That Obama's Healthcare Law Got Massacred At The Supreme Court Today  —  The Supreme Court just wrapped up the second day of oral arguments in the landmark case against President Obama's healthcare overhaul, and reports from inside the courtroom indicate that the controversial law took quite a beating.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Day 2 at the Court: Well, that Could Have Gone Better  —  My first impression from day two at the Supreme Court: I was more confident yesterday than I am today.  With the caveat that I know health policy a lot better than I know law, I can still imagine the justices upholding the individual mandate.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Toobin: Obama healthcare reform law ‘in grave, grave trouble’  —  A top legal analyst predicted Tuesday that the Obama administration's healthcare reform legislation seemed likely to be struck down by the Supreme Court.  —  Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer and legal analyst, who writes …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kennedy's “Heavy Burden of Justification” …
Los Angeles Times:
Skeptical Kennedy signals trouble for Obama's healthcare law
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Do today's oral arguments matter?
Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
In mandate hearing, a battle over ‘limiting principle’
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Registered Dem Killed Trayvon  —  The individual at the center of the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting is a registered Democrat.  —  George Michael Zimmerman, born Oct. 5, 1983, registered as a Democrat in Seminole County, Fla., in August 2002, according to state voter registration documents.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Geraldo Rivera apologizes for ‘hoodie’ comment  —  Geraldo Rivera is apologizing for his “hoodie” remarks about Trayvon Martin that touched off a media firestorm last week, saying, “I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager.”
Mark Strassmann / CBS News:
New details deepen Trayvon Martin controversy  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  (CBS News) SANFORD, Fla. - New information is putting a new twist on the Trayvon Martin case.  —  It has come out that the unarmed teenager was suspended from school, and is accused of beating up the man who then shot him dead.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin's tweets
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge
Discussion: and Twitchy
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Pulls ‘Neighborhood Watch’ Marketing in Wake of Trayvon Martin Shooting (Exclusive)
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Daily Mail:
Suspended THREE times for drugs, truancy and graffiti and ‘caught carrying a burglary tool’ …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's four-car fantasy home  —  SAN DIEGO — At Mitt Romney's proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.  —  There's also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home's entire living quarters.
iPads, Laptops Stolen From Romney Aides' SUV  —  Stolen Items May Have Valuable Information For Opponents Of GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney  —  SAN DIEGO — 10News has uncovered a crime against members of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign which may have compromised sensitive information related …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
For Romney, a Four-Car Garage With Its Own Elevator
In Secret Documents, Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked To Divide Gays, Blacks  —  Blunt language and broad plans from the National Organization for Marriage.  A goal: “Fanning the hostility.”  Another project: “Sideswiping Obama.”  —  The leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned …
Miranda Blue /
Did NOM Hire Someone to Unsuccessfully Find ‘Victims’ of Gay Parents?
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Anti-Gay Marriage Group Recommends Creating Tension Between Gays and Blacks
Discussion: NOM Blog, and Good As You
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Makes Light of Missile-Shield Remark  —  SEOUL—U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to play down the significance of a comment, accidentally picked up by a live microphone, in which he cited his re-election campaign as the reason he won't tackle the divisive issue of missile defense this year.
Discussion: News Desk
Jonathan Karl / Reuters:
Frustrated Senator Olympia Snowe Gives Obama an ‘F’  —  Spinners and Winners  —  If there were ever a Republican for President Obama to work with, it was Maine Senator Olympia Snowe.  She was one of just three Republicans in the entire Congress to vote for his economic stimulus plan in 2009 …
Greg Lukianoff / The Huffington Post:
The 12 Worst Schools For Free Speech In 2012  —  Free exchange of ideas is the lifeblood of any university, and for the second year in a row my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), presents its list of the worst colleges and universities for freedom of speech.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tim Mak / Politico:
Senator sees ‘last shred of freedom’  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) argued Tuesday that at stake in Supreme Court proceedings over health care reform is nothing short of “our one last shred of freedom.”  —  “Let me answer why I think Americans just instinctively understand that this law shouldn't go forward.
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