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8:50 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.
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Split in Questions on Insurance Requirement  —  WASHINGTON - 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 four of the court's more conservative justices.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid slams Toobin, says justices' tough questions won't mean health law's demise  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said tough questions from Supreme Court justices did not indicate how the court would rule and took to task a legal analyst who said otherwise.
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
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.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kennedy's “Heavy Burden of Justification” …
Los Angeles Times:
Skeptical Kennedy signals trouble for Obama's healthcare law
James Carville / CNN:   Carville: A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Do today's oral arguments matter?
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.
Internet Broadcasting / WPLG-TV:
Police: Trayvon protesters ransack store  —  North Miami Beach Walgreens incident caught on video  —  Surveillance video: Protesters ransack store  —  NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -  —  North Miami Beach police said surveillance video shows dozens of high school students demonstrating …
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.
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Racial-Relations Regression  —  The Trayvon Martin tragedy …
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters Spew Yet Another Deluge of Ugly Racist Hatred at Trayvon Martin
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin's tweets
CBS Miami:
NMB Students Turn Trayvon March Into Criminal Mischief Investigation
Daily Mail:
Suspended THREE times for drugs, truancy and graffiti and ‘caught carrying a burglary tool’ …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney's 4-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.
In Secret Documents, Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked To Divide Gays, Blacks
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
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
Discussion: Capital New York and Campaign 2012
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.
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Jennifer Rowland / The AfPak Channel:
Roll back to find peace
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney super PAC hitting N.Y., Del., Conn.
Discussion: CNN
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
GOP scraps planned highway vote for a second day in a row
Discussion: Politico
Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
Using a Light Touch to Attack a Dark Subject
Discussion: Grist and ThinkProgress
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
CNN Poll: Majority in GOP say Gingrich and Paul should end bids
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Bruning strong favorite in NE-Senate
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
New Andrew Breitbart chapter tells Anthony Weiner tale
Discussion: Wonkette
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Chicago Sun Times:
Elderly man arrested after shooting home intruder
Discussion: National Review
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Johnson's Advice To Women Who Can't Afford Contraception: Google 'What If I Can't Afford Birth Control?'
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tim Mak / Politico:
Senator sees ‘last shred of freedom’
Jonathan Karl / Reuters:
Frustrated Senator Olympia Snowe Gives Obama an ‘F’