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9:00 AM ET, March 30, 2012


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New York Post:
A supreme shock for ‘La-La’ libs  —  The panicked reception in the mainstream media of the three-day Supreme Court health-care marathon is a delightful reminder of the nearly impenetrable parochialism of American liberals.  —  They're so convinced of their own correctness …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Broccoli and Bad Faith  —  Nobody knows what the Supreme Court will decide with regard to the Affordable Care Act.  But, after this week's hearings, it seems quite possible that the court will strike down the “mandate” — the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance — and maybe the whole law.
Health Care at the High Court:
GOP Ad Uses Doctored SCOTUS Audio  —  The GOP ad released online earlier this week makes it appear Solicitor General Donald Verrilli gave a worse presentation than he did, a Bloomberg News analysis of the ad and the court's official audio recording shows.  The full story follows:
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A stronger prescription for what ails health care  —  In arguments before the Supreme Court this week, the Obama administration might have done just enough to keep the Affordable Care Act from being ruled unconstitutional.  Those who believe in limited government had better hope so, at least.
Ezra Klein:
If Obamacare is overturned, will that lead to single payer? And would that be a good thing?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How did legal observers and Obamacare backers get it so wrong?
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Overconfidence: the fatal flaw
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Will Endorse Romney  —  A source tells BuzzFeed the Budget Chairman's staff told Rick Santorum he'll back the frontrunner.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the icon of the anti-spending movement in the Republican Party …
Mark Murray /
NBC/Marist Poll: Romney leads in Wisconsin primary  —  In the upcoming Wisconsin primary, billed as perhaps the final opportunity to change the trajectory of the Republican presidential contest, frontrunner Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum by seven percentage points, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: 'We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice' on budget
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Passes Budget Blueprint
Discussion: CNN and Truthdig
David Remnick / News Desk:
Bruce and Trayvon: American Skin
ROSEANNE TWEETS ADDRESS OF ZIMMERMAN'S PARENTS - UPDATE: BARR THREATENS TO GO TO HOUSE  —  In the story below this update, Roseanne seems to express some remorse over Tweeting the address of Zimmerman's parents.  —  But here's a fairly recent tweet where she threatens to re-tweet “his address again” and “maybe go 2 hs house myself”:
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has lent his name to a fundraising solicitation that raises the specter of millionaires and billionaires funding an outside effort against President Obama.  —  “When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Chris Mooney / DeSmogBlog:
Conservatives versus Science: A New Scientific Validation of the Republican War on Science (and Republican Brain) Thesis  —  UPDATE: The paper discussed below is downloadable here.  —  For a while now, I've been aware of a powerful new paper that directly tests the central argument …
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
A Moderate Conservative Dilemma  —  Nathan Fletcher was raised in Arkansas, played college baseball in California and enlisted in the Marines as a reserve in 1997.  He saw combat in 2004, based in the Sunni Triangle in Iraq.  —  One day Fletcher's unit went to relieve a convoy and was …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Justice Department dropped case charging threats to Barack Obama  —  The Justice Department has quietly given up on a criminal case involving alleged death threats against Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, leaving in place a legal precedent that the department's own lawyers predicted …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Un-Godly liars: the Catholic Bishops should just run for office if they want to be politicians  —  Un-Godly liars  —  I suspect that most of the smart Jesuits I've known in my life would weep to hear this drivel: … That's going to come as a hell of a surprise to the founders of this country.
Discussion: The Confluence and
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Timothy Dolan: Expanding Access To Birth Control Would Undermine ‘The American Enterprise,’ Spread ‘Secularism’
Logan Smith / Palmetto Public Record:
Haley indictment imminent?  Stay tuned...  Two well-placed legal experts have independently told Palmetto Public Record they expect the U.S. Department of Justice to issue an indictment against South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on charges of tax fraud as early as this week.
Alexander Marquardt / Associated Press:
Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran  —  JERUSALEM - Two reports today about Iran's nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran …
Jacqueline Thorpe / Bloomberg:
Canada Eliminates Penny Costing Penny-and-a-Half to Make  —  Canada will withdraw the penny from circulation this year, saving taxpayers about C$11 million ($11 million) annually and forcing retailers to round prices to the nearest nickel, the government announced in its budget today.
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Associated Press:
Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law
George H.W. Bush / CNN:
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Romney donor at center of ‘pink slime’ controversy
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
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