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12:45 PM ET, March 27, 2012


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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: Washington Monthly and The Agonist
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin - Basic Geography May Cut Against Zimmerman (Or Not - See UPDATE)  —  [Upon booth review of the Zimmerman call to 911 I am reversing the call on the field.  The initial address offered by Zimmerman does not jibe with the final location he described - see UPDATE].
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.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin's tweets  —  The Daily Caller has obtained a compilation of the late Trayvon Martin's tweets.  —  The social media scan, executed on PeopleBrowsr and supplied to TheDC by the individual who performed the search, contains tweets from the last month of Martin's life …
Brian Beutler /
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 …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Justices Skeptical of Claims that the Individual Mandate is a Tax
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
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.
The president was overheard telling the Russian president: “After my election I have more flexibility.”  —  UPDATE: President Obama on Tuesday defended a private exchange with Russian president Dimitri Medvedev that was picked up over a live mic in Soeul on Monday, saying that his comments shouldn't be a shock to anyone.
Associated Press:
Obama: I'm not “hiding the ball” on Russia
Discussion: Hot Air and The Agonist
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's ‘secret’ plea to Russia plays right into Romney's meme
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 …
Discussion: Law Blog, Blue Mass Group and Daily Kos
Washington Wire:
Live Blog: 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 gets under way Tuesday morning, with the justices considering whether Congress exceeded its constitutional powers …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Health Care Mandate Will Affect Few, Study Finds … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Obama Health Care, Health Care Law, Health Care Reform, Video, Insurance Mandate, Supreme Court Health Care, Health Care Mandate, Health Mandate, Obama Mandate, Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Just 2 percent …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Obama's 2nd-term agenda?  House Dems propose raising taxes by 40%, including on middle class  —  Just what would President Barack Obama do in a second term if had maximum “flexibility”?  Consider his first term: Even though Obama was elected along with huge Democratic majorities in the House and Senate …
Discussion: Hot Air and Conservatives4Palin
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   House Dems introduce $3.6T budget plan
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
EPA to kill new coal-fired plants through first-ever greenhouse-gas regulations
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.
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Pro-Romney PAC Killing Machine With Attack Ads
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Romney still close to Obama, Santorum 5 points back
Ellen Huet / San Francisco Chronicle:
Occupy S.F. protester stabbed outside Fed  —  (03-26) 15:16 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — An Occupy protester was hospitalized after he was stabbed in a fight in downtown San Francisco near the Federal Reserve Bank, police and activists with the group said today.  —  The protester was stabbed …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, ABCNEWS and Hotline On Call
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rangel agrees to pay $23,000 FEC fine over use of rent-controlled apartment
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iPads, Laptops Stolen From Romney Aides' SUV
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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Newt floats presidential debate at convention
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Nina Chestney / Scientific American:
Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible
Discussion: Grist
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cast blame or take credit? Boehner pressed to switch direction on economy
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
William Happer / Wall Street Journal:
Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Brian Vastag / Washington Post:
James Cameron becomes first solo explorer to reach the deepest point of ocean
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Ted Thornhill / Daily Mail:
Is this finally proof we're NOT causing global warming? …
Yoav Gonen / New York Post:
PC student tests forbid dance, dinos & lots more
Discussion: Hit & Run, Betsy's Page and Gothamist
Tom Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Planned Pipelines to Rival Keystone XL
Discussion: Grist and
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans seeking out Hispanics
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Gray Nation: The Very Real Economic Dangers of an Aging America