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10:35 AM ET, March 28, 2012


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Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obamacare's Supreme Court Disaster  —  Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. should be grateful to the Supreme Court for refusing to allow cameras in the courtroom, because his defense of Obamacare on Tuesday may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
John Roberts Court on trial  —  John Roberts is having his Bush v. Gore moment.  —  If the wily chief justice felt squeamish about leading the Supreme Court into an election-year political maelstrom, that was nowhere on display Tuesday, when the Roberts-led conservative majority signaled …
James Carville / CNN:
Carville: A Supreme Court loss will help Democrats  —  (CNN) - While the Obama administration fights to protect the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville said a Supreme Court overruling may not be such a bad thing for the president, politically.
Brookings Institute:
The Second Day of the Supreme Court's Hearing on the Health Care Law  —  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Health Care, U.S. Supreme Court  —  Henry J. Aaron, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies  —  After two days of oral arguments, it seems quite likely that the Supreme Court …
David Frum / david-frum:
Supremes Won't Save GOP From Itself on Obamacare
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:   On health-care hearing's last day, court weighs severability, Medicaid expansion
5 takeaways on health law arguments
Discussion: The Hill and Firedoglake
Emily Ekins / Reason:
87 Percent of Americans Agree With Conservative Supreme Court Justices on Broccoli Mandate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid slams Toobin, says justices' tough questions won't mean health law's demise
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Media Matters writer ‘sorry’ after blasting Drudge for Martin photo  —  A senior analyst with the liberal activist group Media Matters tweeted an apology on Tuesday after calling journalist Matt Drudge a racist and accusing him of using a phony photo of Trayvon Martin.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Rep. Waters: ‘Stiff evidence’ death of Trayvon Martin a hate crime  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are doubling down in their investigation of the shooting death last month of Trayvon Martin in Florida, with one member on Wednesday leveling the accusation of “hate crime” at his shooter.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Rush Limbaugh
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters Spew Yet Another Deluge of Ugly Racist Hatred at Trayvon Martin
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Is There A Black Upper Class Bubble
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:   Racial-Relations Regression  —  The Trayvon Martin tragedy …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich cuts staff, aims at Tampa  —  Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign's full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO.
Morning Briefing: March 28, 2012  —  During oral arguments yesterday, some Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical of the Obamacare's individual mandate.  Today, the court will hear arguments about whether the law could survive if the mandate was struck down.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Fox News and Prairie Weather
Tom Fontaine /
Santorum slips in Pennsylvania, survey finds  —  Rick Santorum appeared to be the Republican presidential candidate to beat in Pennsylvania a month ago.  —  With the state primary four weeks away, Santorum now finds himself nearly tied with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among …
NBC's Garrett Haake /
Romney cracks jokes, talks policy with Jay Leno  —  BURBANK, Calif. - Seated on Jay Leno's couch for the first time since announcing his second presidential bid, Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney faced a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday that covered everything from policy questions …
Newt Gingrich / CNN:   CNN Poll: Majority in GOP say Gingrich and Paul should end bids
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Americans angry with Obama over gas prices  —  (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Record Number See Romney Negatively; Obama Outpaces Him in Popularity
Discussion: GOP 12
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Romney's negatives hit new high, poll finds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Elderly Couple In Fear Over Spike Lee Tweet  —  Star erroneously linked Floridians to man who killed Trayvon Martin  —  With Twitter and Facebook continuing to explode with posts purporting to contain the address of George Zimmerman, property records and interviews reveal that the home …
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Obama vs. Boehner: Who Killed the Debt Deal?  —  Almost immediately after the so-called grand bargain between President Obama and the Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, unraveled last July, the two sides quickly settled into dueling, self-serving narratives of what transpired behind closed doors.
Discussion: Politico
First Thoughts: Brace yourself for another 5-4 decision  —  Brace yourself for another 5-4 decision... And such a decision would have two consequences: 1) feed the perception that the Supreme Court is as partisan as the other branches, and 2) satisfy no one... Yesterday was a bad day for the mandate …
About Peter R Orszag  —  No Revenue Means Steep Social Security Cuts Under Romney  —  The basic contours of Mitt Romney's approach to Social Security reform are coming into focus, and the results aren't pretty.  —  Because Romney insists that any change include no additional revenue …
Aaronmcquade / GLAAD:
Anti-Gay activists looking for glamorous, unintelligent celebrities to advance their cause  — Commentator Accountability Project  —  It sounds like a headline from the Onion, but strategy documents uncovered yesterday, from the nation's most prominent anti-gay marriage group …
Michelle Theriault Boots / The News Tribune:
Supporters of Proposition 5 ask opposition to pull TV, radio ad  —  Supporters of a proposed ordinance to extend anti-discrimination legal protections to gay and transgender people in Anchorage are asking an opposition group to pull a campaign ad that says day care centers would be forced to hire transvestites or face jail time.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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David Rogers / Politico:
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
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Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Rand Paul: When Big Oil Screws Americans At The Gas Pump, ‘You Should Want To Encourage Them’
New York Times:
Restrictions on Voter Registration in Florida Have Groups Opting Out
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama made the wrong World Bank call
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Firedoglake
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Kennedy's “Heavy Burden of Justification” …
Greg Lukianoff / The Huffington Post:
The 12 Worst Schools For Free Speech In 2012
Discussion: Hit & Run and UrbanGrounds