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6:35 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 Have Hard 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kennedy's “Heavy Burden of Justification” …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid slams Toobin, says justices' tough questions won't mean health law's demise
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
Skeptical Kennedy signals trouble for Obama's healthcare law
Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
In mandate hearing, a battle over ‘limiting principle’
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.
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin's tweets
Matt Gutman / ABCNEWS:
Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge
Discussion: and Twitchy
Mark Strassmann / CBS News:
New details deepen Trayvon Martin controversy
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.
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 …
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
For Romney, a Four-Car Garage With Its Own Elevator
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 …
Miranda Blue /
Did NOM Hire Someone to Unsuccessfully Find ‘Victims’ of Gay Parents?
Nicholas Confessore / The Caucus:
Anti-Gay Marriage Group Recommends Creating Tension Between Gays and Blacks
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
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 …
Carol E. Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Makes Light of Missile-Shield Remark
Discussion: News Desk
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
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 …
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Tim Mak / Politico:
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