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4:50 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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus, Mediaite, CNN and Guardian
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 …
Jennifer Haberkornand David Nather / Politico:
Mandate could be in big trouble after Supreme Court arguements  —  Before Tuesday, most legal analysts seemed to agree that the Supreme Court would probably uphold health care reform's individual mandate — even if the conservative justices had to hold their noses to do it.
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 …
Discussion: Politico, DCist and The Hill
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Do today's oral arguments matter?
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Day 2 at the Court: Well, that Could Have Gone Better
Los Angeles Times:
Skeptical Kennedy signals trouble for Obama's healthcare law
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Rough day for Obama health law: Kennedy among mandate skeptics
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
Mid-argument update (with audio)
Discussion: Althouse, The Hill and Hit & Run
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kennedy's “Heavy Burden of Justification” …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Justices Skeptical of Claims that the Individual Mandate is a Tax
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.
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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: msnbc.com, Twitchy and Stinque
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.
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 …
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Miranda Blue / rightwingwatch.org:
Did NOM Hire Someone to Unsuccessfully Find ‘Victims’ of Gay Parents?
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Asterisk
KGTV-TV:
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama explains Medvedev open mic incident  —  SEOUL — President Barack Obama offered an extended explanation here Tuesday of the hot mic moment that caught him asking Russia's president for some “space” and “flexibility” until after November's election.  —  “The only way I get this stuff done …
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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 …
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 …
 
 
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