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7:30 AM ET, March 28, 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.
James Carville / CNN:
Carville: A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats  —  (CNN) - While the Obama administration fights to protect the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville said a Supreme Court overruling may not be such a bad thing for the president, politically.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obamacare's Supreme Court Disaster  —  Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. should be grateful to the Supreme Court for refusing to allow cameras in the courtroom, because his defense of Obamacare on Tuesday may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court.
Emily Ekins / Reason:
87 Percent of Americans Agree With Conservative Supreme Court Justices on Broccoli Mandate  —  The Associated Press reports:  —  Conservative justices on Tuesday sharply questioned whether the government can force Americans to buy health insurance.  In oral arguments over the new health care law passed …
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.
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  After Rough Day In Court, An Optimistic View For Supporters Of ‘Obamacare’  —  The snap reactions to today's Supreme Court arguments about the constitutionality of the health care law's individual mandate gave reform supporters a collective case of heartburn.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid slams Toobin, says justices' tough questions won't mean health law's demise
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Politico:   5 takeaways on health law arguments
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Split in Questions on Insurance Requirement
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters Spew Yet Another Deluge of Ugly Racist Hatred at Trayvon Martin  —  Yes, they're at it again.  The denizens of the comment forums on Fox News are spewing almost unbelievable amounts of racist hatred and sick violent fantasies in yet another thread: House Democrats Call …
David Weigel / Slate:
When in Doubt, Smear the Dead Kid  —  In my younger, more innocent days, anyone who asked to follow me on Facebook got a little blue check mark next to “friend.”  The result, years later, is a large population of numbskulls who keep me abreast of the latest paranoid nonsense.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Is There A Black Upper Class Bubble
Discussion: American Prospect and alicublog
Fox News:
Media Matters writer ‘sorry’ after blasting Drudge for Martin photo
Discussion: Belmont Club and Mediaite
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Registered Dem Killed Trayvon
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   Racial-Relations Regression  —  The Trayvon Martin tragedy …
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney Vetoed Human Elevator Bill  —  The former Massachusetts Governor vetoed a bill allocating money to improve elevators to comply with the American Disabilities Act.  —  What Romney's proposed car elevator might look like.  —  Source:
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's 4-car fantasy home
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich cuts staff, aims at Tampa  —  Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign's full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Elderly Couple In Fear Over Spike Lee Tweet  —  Star erroneously linked Floridians to man who killed Trayvon Martin  —  With Twitter and Facebook continuing to explode with posts purporting to contain the address of George Zimmerman, property records and interviews reveal that the home …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Rand Paul: When Big Oil Screws Americans At The Gas Pump, ‘You Should Want To Encourage Them’  —  The top five oil companies in the United States have already made $5.8 billion in windfall profits from spiking gasoline prices this year.  Yesterday, Senate Republicans agreed to debate …
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 and UrbanGrounds
CBS Miami:
NMB Students Turn Trayvon March Into Criminal Mischief Investigation  —  NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Thousands of students in South Florida have taken part in school walkouts as a way to protest the lack of an arrest in the Trayvon Martin killing at the hands of a volunteer neighborhood watch campaign.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama made the wrong World Bank call  —  Every now and then something crystallises how rapidly the world is changing.  Last week's nomination by President Barack Obama of Jim Yong Kim as the next president of the World Bank presents one such moment.  The story ought to proceed by tradition …
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Nation:
Red States See Massive Public Sector Job Losses  —  The conservative Republicans who took power in Pennsylvania in 2010 have had a busy year.  Republican state legislators, empowered by new control of the governorship and the state house, proposed one of the most stringent mandatory ultrasound bills in the country.
Solicitor General Coughs, Stumbles, Stutters Through ObamaCare Defense  —  A tough day at the Supreme Court bar.  We edited together all of the painful moments.  —  by  —  Zeke Miller  · added an hour ago  · 11 responses
Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
Using a Light Touch to Attack a Dark Subject  —  Bolstered by a $50 million grant from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City, the Sierra Club is introducing its first major national video campaign to promote its Beyond Coal initiative.  —  The campaign features five videos …
Discussion: Grist and ThinkProgress
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Aaronmcquade / GLAAD:
Anti-Gay activists looking for glamorous, unintelligent celebrities to advance their cause
Discussion: Good As You
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Food Co-op Rejects Effort to Boycott Israeli-Made Products
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israel Matzav
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
Today on Capitol Hill there are lots of J-Street (Pro-Palestinian Jewish Organization) representatives...
Steve Keen / EconoMonitor:
A Primer on Minsky  —  My paper “Instability in Financial Markets …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and naked capitalism
Rasmussen Reports:
Ohio Senate: Brown (D) 43%, Mandel (R) 43%
New York Times:
Restrictions on Voter Registration in Florida Have Groups Opting Out
Jeff Greenfield / Associated Press:
Will Santorum and Gingrich ever bow out? History suggests odds of winning are very low
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Makes Light of Missile-Shield Remark
Discussion: News Desk
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority in GOP say Gingrich and Paul should end bids
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
U.S., Australia to broaden military ties amid Pentagon pivot to SE Asia
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bruning strong favorite in NE-Senate
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Chicago Sun Times:
Elderly man arrested after shooting home intruder
Discussion: National Review