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9:45 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.
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
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Debates Striking Down Whole Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The day after the Supreme Court suggested that President Obama's health care law might be in danger of being held unconstitutional, the justices on Wednesday turned their attention to the practical consequences and political realities of such a ruling.
David Frum / david-frum:
Supremes Won't Save GOP From Itself on Obamacare
Los Angeles Times:
Justices suggest Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional
New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Momentous Test
Peter Landers / Washington Wire:
A Medicaid Twist in Health-Law Arguments
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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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Rasmussen does a poll on whether Zimmerman is guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.  —  Is a disturbing notion of due process taking over in America?  Forget trials and juries and all that stuff?  Let's do a poll! … Come to a conclusion yet!  The American people should be celebrated …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
New Police Video Shows George Zimmerman Unscathed On Night Of Trayvon Martin Shooting
Discussion: National Review
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Sourcing narrative “facts” in the Martin case
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Dem pulled from House floor for Trayvon hoodie
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
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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.
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.
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Susan Jacobson / Orlando Sentinel:
Elderly couple abandons their home after address is posted on Twitter as that of George Zimmerman
JSOnline:
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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.
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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: Mother Jones
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Timothy Noah / The New Republic:
Language Cop: “Christian”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Toobin discusses the Toobin factor  —  CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin continued to set the tone on the media's coverage of the Supreme Court's health care arguments today.  Following up on yesterday's analysis that this was a “train wreck” for the Obama administration …
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: Liberal Values and Poynter
 
 
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Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Adrienne Rich, 1929-2012: Adrienne Rich, Influential Feminist Poet, Dies at 82
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
UK GDP fell faster than previously estimated in fourth quarter, ONS says
Discussion: Firedoglake
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
GOP running out of gas on Solyndra
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
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BBC:
New attacks target Jews in France
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee'
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Mj Lee / Politico:
John McCain: John Boehner's got it wrong on presidential travel
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite