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4:10 PM ET, March 28, 2012


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: A lift for the mandate?  —  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 it would be to decide what to do after that.
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)
Kevin Russell / SCOTUSblog:
First severability argument update  —  Paul Clement is finished.  The Court was skeptical that the whole act should fall if the individual mandate is invalid.  But there wasn't any clear indication of how far the Court would go.  It seemed like there wasn't much question …
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
Discussion: 2012 Decoded
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Justifies Denying Health Care To People With Pre-Existing Conditions: 'We Can't Play The Game Like That'  —  As Mitt Romney tries to distance himself from Obamacare, he ran into some trouble last night when he got stumped by comedian Jay Leno.  Leno asked Romney what he would do to help people …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
White House defends embattled solicitor general  —  The White House is coming to the defense of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, whose efforts to defend the president's health care law Tuesday are under attack as a “train wreck” and “The Worst Supreme Court Argument of All Time.”
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 …
Washington Wire:
Live Blog: Obama Health Law at the Supreme Court, Day 3 … The Supreme Court on Wednesday had the last of its three days of arguments over the Obama health-care law, with justices set to weigh what happens to the rest of the overhaul if the court strikes down the requirement that individuals carry health insurance.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum: What will happen to the uninsured?  —  If you want to understand what's really at stake in the battle over Obamacare — as it's playing out before the Supreme Court and in the presidential race, where the GOP contenders are all vowing to repeal it — you need to watch Mitt Romney's appearance on Jay Leno last night.
New York Times:
The Supreme Court's Momentous Test
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
John Roberts Court on trial
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
SCOTUS mulls striking down all of Obamacare
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obamacare's Supreme Court Disaster
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom
Supreme court struggles with healthcare law's fate
Discussion: Firedoglake, NPR and CBS News
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Roberts will likely vote to strike down Obamacare
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Gets Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie For Trayvon  —  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) donned a hoodie and took to the House floor this morning to speak out against the murder of Travyon Martin, but was shouted down and removed from the floor by the Republican speaker pro tem …
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Rep. Bobby Rush Is Scolded for Wearing a ‘Hoodie’ on House Floor
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
Media Matters writer ‘sorry’ after blasting Drudge for Martin photo
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 …
Stephanie Cutter / CNN:
Top Obama aide calls GOP charges ‘despicable’
Discussion: The Hill and
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich cuts staff, aims at Tampa
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.
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
Timothy Noah / The New Republic:
Language Cop: “Christian”
Discussion: Mother Jones
Memos reveal strategy against gay marriage
Mj Lee / Politico:
John McCain: John Boehner's got it wrong on presidential travel  —  Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that he disagrees with House Speaker John Boehner's suggestion that it's inappropriate to criticize President Barack Obama when he's traveling overseas.  —  “I understand John Boehner's point …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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