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10:45 AM ET, March 27, 2012

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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)  —  Trayvon Martin, as he appeared on his actual Facebook page  —  Over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago.
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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.
Discussion: The Agonist
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin - Basic Geography May Cut Against Zimmerman  —  Bill Jacobson reiterates an important point in assessing the latest details to emerge on the Trayvon Martin shooting: … There is enough information in the Sanford PD police reports to take a stab at that.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Dishonoring Trayvon Martin  —  New details in the case don't undermine the charge that Sanford cops acted irresponsibly — they underscore it  —  It was all too good to be true.  —  Last week even conservatives expressed concern about the way Sanford, Fla., police handled the death of unarmed …
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Florida Teenager Had Been Suspended Over Marijuana
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  John Roberts May Have Tipped His Hand On ‘Obamacare’ Reasoning  —  In a little-noticed exchange Monday, conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts may have tipped his hand that he's entertaining the possibility that the health care law's individual mandate can be upheld …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Tea Party converges on court for main event in healthcare debate
Robert Reich / The Huffington Post:
Health Care Jujitsu
Discussion: Associated Press and Maggie's Farm
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Gohmert: Liberals should fear ‘redneck president’ if court upholds mandate
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Andrew Breitbart Lives, at Supreme Court Rally
Discussion: TBogg
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Support in U.S. for Afghan War Drops Sharply, Poll Finds  —  WASHINGTON — After a series of violent episodes and setbacks, support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped sharply among both Republicans and Democrats in recent months as increasing numbers of Americans say that the United States …
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Mj Lee / Politico:
Palin to Santorum: 'Don't retreat'  —  Sarah Palin applauded Rick Santorum Monday night for accusing a New York Times reporter of “bull—  ” over the weekend, saying she was glad to hear about the presidential candidate's outburst and adding, “Welcome to my world, Rick, and good on ya.
Discussion: CNN, The Other McCain and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Most Oppose at Least Part of Overhaul, Poll Finds
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
EPA to impose first greenhouse gas limits on power plants  —  The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal.  The move could end the construction …
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Pro-Romney PAC Killing Machine With Attack Ads  —  One of the political ads airing in the run-up to the April 3 Wisconsin primary accuses Rick Santorum of voting with former Senator Hillary Clinton in favor of granting voting rights to violent convicted felons.
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.
Discussion: Guardian
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House conservatives to unveil budget which balances books faster  —  House conservatives on Tuesday morning will tack to the right and unveil an alternative to the House GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan that balances in five years.  —  The new Republican Study Committee (RSC) …
Discussion: Washington Post
BuzzFeed:
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 …
Discussion: US Politics
Dodai Stewart / Jezebel:
Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed [Hunger Games]  —  The good news?  The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend, making it the third-best debut in North American box office history.  The bad news, however, reflects a level of idiocy that we weren't really expecting.
Jeff Sneider / Variety:
Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan in ‘Butler’  —  Actress will portray former First Lady in Lee Daniels pic  —  In the midst of recruiting an all-star ensemble for his long-gestating passion project “The Butler,” director Lee Daniels has tapped Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Gray Nation: The Very Real Economic Dangers of an Aging America  —  Two economists envision a scary — and scarily realistic — future where the working population expands slower and slower, and jobless recoveries are the only recoveries we know  —  In the future, U.S. growth will be slower.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems introduce $3.6T budget plan  —  House Democrats on Monday night introduced their 2013 budget plan to compete with the Republicans' proposal on the chamber floor this week.  —  Sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), senior Democrat on the House Budget Committee …
Sarah Huisenga / NationalJournal.com:
Gingrich Begins Charging $50 for Photos at Events  —  Candidate previously posed for free with people attending his appearances.  —  HOCKESSIN, Del. - In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following …
US Department of State:
Acting Under Secretary Kathleen Stephens Travels to Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Jerusalem, and Israel  —  Media Note  —  Washington, DC  —  Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Kathleen Stephens is traveling to Algiers, Doha, Amman, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv from March 23 …
Tom Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Planned Pipelines to Rival Keystone XL  —  Two major energy companies are planning to build new pipelines that will move as much as 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast by mid-2014, in the latest effort to cope with a surge of oil production in North America.
Discussion: Grist and JunkScience.com
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitt: I Won't Detail Plans, Because Then I'd Lose  —  You'll have to wait until I'm elected.  —  Mitt Romney has embraced a budget plan that would entail cutting federal programs other than defense and Social Security by more than half.  It does raise the question of how he plans to carry out such a sweeping goal.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Catholic Bishops Lose a Big Battle Over Contraception  —  For the past several months, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been waging war on the Obama administration over reproductive health care, declaring it no less than a battle over religious freedom.
 
 
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Ted Thornhill / Daily Mail:
Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming? …
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Priscilla Buckley, Editor at National Review, Dies at 90
Yoav Gonen / New York Post:
PC student tests forbid dance, dinos & lots more
Discussion: Hit & Run, Betsy's Page and Gothamist
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Trayvon Martin Parents To Attend Capitol Hill Forum On Hate Crimes, Racial Profiling
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans seeking out Hispanics
Discussion: Daily Kos and Global Public Square
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate opens fight on oil tax breaks
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Discussion: Ezra Klein and Newshoggers.com
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Birth Control Access Boosts Women's Wages, Study Finds
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Brendan Hoffman / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Cheney's Heart Transplant Surgery
Discussion: Politico, Hotline On Call and Hot Air
Mike Penney / WWDR?:
It's Not Just a “War on Women.” It's Worse.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newt Gingrich loses his print reporters