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8:40 PM ET, March 28, 2012

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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A lift for the mandate?  (FINAL UPDATE 5:12 pm)  —  Analysis  —  The Supreme Court spent 91 minutes Wednesday operating on the assumption that it would strike down the key feature of the new health care law, but may have convinced itself in the end not to do that because of just how hard …
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David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Justices poised to strike down entire healthcare law  —  Demonstrators pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / March 28, 2012)
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Will Medicaid be sacrificed?  (FINAL UPDATE 7:08 pm)  —  Analysis  —  Unless a closing oration by a top government lawyer stirs some real sympathy for the poor, the new health care law's broad expansion of the Medicaid program that serves the needy may be sacrificed …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom  —  The court's conservatives apparently believe in the land of the free.  Circa 1804.  —  The fight over Obamacare is about freedom.  That's what we've been told since these lawsuits were filed two years ago and that's what we heard both inside and outside the Supreme Court this morning.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Ask if Health Law Is Viable Without Mandate  —  WASHINGTON — On the third day and final of Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul law, the justices on Wednesday shifted their attention to a question with enormous practical implications …
David Frum / david-frum:
Supremes Won't Save GOP From Itself on Obamacare  —  A supporter of President Barack Obama's health care reforms(R) argues with several elderly women who are against the reforms in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC after the morning session March 27, 2012, KAREN BLEIER / AFP / Getty Images
New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Momentous Test
Kevin Russell / SCOTUSblog:
First severability argument update
Los Angeles Times:
Justices suggest Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Toobin discusses the Toobin factor
Peter Landers / Washington Wire:
A Medicaid Twist in Health-Law Arguments
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Law Blog
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Reactions: Lawmakers revert to talking points as justices leave them in the dark
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum uses Supreme Court oral arguments on Obama healthcare law to criticize Romney
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem kicked off House floor for ‘hoodie’ in Trayvon Martin protest  —  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) on Wednesday morning was asked to leave the House floor after removing his suit jacket to reveal a “hoodie,” then putting the hood of his sweatshirt on his head to protest the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida.
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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin: Couple who fled home after Spike Lee tweet hires Morgan firm  —  A couple who say they were forced to leave their home after director Spike Lee re-tweeted their address to his Twitter followers has hired the Morgan & Morgan law firm to represent them.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Rasmussen does a poll on whether Zimmerman is guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
Susan Jacobson / Orlando Sentinel:
Elderly couple abandons their home after address is posted on Twitter as that of George Zimmerman
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama leads Romney and Santorum in November showdowns  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a double-digit lead over GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in hypothetical general election matchups, according to a new poll.
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Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Record Number See Romney Negatively; Obama Outpaces Him in Popularity  —  Mitt Romney trails Barack Obama by 19 points in basic popularity as the 2012 presidential contest inches closer to the main event, with a record 50 percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll now rating Romney unfavorably overall.
JSOnline:
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Reid Cherlin / GQ:
Take It From Me: Defending Obamacare is Super-Hard  —  It so happens that I'm packing up my apartment and moving out of Washington today after eight years of residence, most of which were spent in politics and government.  One of the items I just bubble-wrapped is a framed copy of The L …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Mother Jones and News Desk
Bloomberg:
News Corp. Said to Plan U.S. Sports Network to Rival ESPN  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWSA) is taking steps to start a national U.S. sports network on cable television aimed at challenging Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Stealing Christianity  —  TNR's Tim Noah wrote yesterday about one of my all-time biggest pet peeves: the constant appropriation of the word “Christian” by conservative evangelicals as exclusive to their distinctive and hardly uncontested point of view.  What sent Noah off was an NPR story on …
Discussion: The New Republic and Mother Jones
Michael Wilson / City Room:
On ‘Mad Men,’ an Opening Scene Straight From Page 1  —  The opening scenes of Sunday's season five premiere of “Mad Men,” set in 1966, depicted a sort of knucklehead-racism at work, when young men from the ad agency Young & Rubicam dropped bags filled with water on protesters picketing on the Madison Avenue sidewalk below.
Discussion: Poynter
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
FBI Taught Agents They Could ‘Bend or Suspend the Law’  —  The FBI taught its agents that they could sometimes “bend or suspend the law” in their hunt for terrorists and criminals.  Other FBI instructional material, discovered during a months-long review of FBI counterterrorism training …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
GOP running out of gas on Solyndra  —  House Republicans look like they're running out of ammunition on Solyndra.  —  Gone are their threats of hauling Rahm Emanuel and Carol Browner up to the Capitol to testify about how they helped the now bankrupt California solar company.
hrw.org:
“I Had To Run Away”  —  The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for “Moral Crimes” in Afghanistan  —  This 120-page report is based on 58 interviews conducted in three prisons and three juvenile detention facilities with women and girls accused of “moral crimes.”
 
 
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
UK GDP fell faster than previously estimated in fourth quarter, ONS says
Discussion: Firedoglake
BBC:
US confirms it has suspended North Korea food aid plans
Discussion: Firedoglake and msnbc.com
Chris Parsons / Daily Mail:
Former Pakistani dancing girl commits suicide 12 years after horrific acid attack which left her looking ‘not human’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Right Scoop
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
House bill would ban bosses from asking for Facebook passwords
BBC:
New attacks target Jews in France
Discussion: New York Times and Via Meadia
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee'
Discussion: GOP 12 and M.JOSEPH SHEPPARD'S …
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
House Hits Roadblock Over Transportation Bill
 Earlier Items: 
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sourcing narrative “facts” in the Martin case
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Mississippi Is Most Religious U.S. State
Mj Lee / Politico:
John McCain: John Boehner's got it wrong on presidential travel
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Justifies Denying Health Care To People With Pre-Existing Conditions: 'We Can't Play The Game Like That'