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2:10 PM ET, March 29, 2012

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Valerie Boey / Orlando and Central Florida News …:
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Zimmerman interview  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.  —  Robert Zimmerman …
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Dan Riehl / BREITBART.COM:
BLAME PALIN?  ‘KILL ZIMMERMAN’ TWITTER ACCOUNT LAUNCHED  —  Barack Obama has remained silent as the usual suspects have been busy stirring up hate aimed at George Zimmerman, the Florida Hispanic involved in the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.  Now the anger has taken a new twist …
CBS News:
Bloomberg: We don't need vigilantes  —  (CBS News) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday that Florida's so-called “Stand Your Ground” law which allows those who feel threatened to use deadly force against a would be attacker is counterproductive to keeping members of the community safe.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Judicial activists in the Supreme Court  —  Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health-care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How did legal observers and Obamacare backers get it so wrong?  —  I didn't mention this yesterday, but in his interview with me about the limiting principle, former Reagan Solicitor General Charles Fried was scaldingly critical of the willingness of the conservative bloc of Supreme Court justices …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Tony Scalia's Retirement Has Started Early  —  Here's the deal.  I think Justice Antonin Scalia isn't even really trying any more.  It's been clear for some time now that he's short-timing his job on the Supreme Court.  The job bores him.  All these inferior intellects coming before him.
Discussion: Balkinization
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Conservative Judicial Activists Run Amok  —  The joke is on you, judicial restraint.  —  Five years ago, Jeffrey Rosen wrote a startling essay in the New York Times Magazine, describing a radical turn of events that is being borne out before our eyes.  In the piece, Rosen described the rise …
Jay Firestone / jewishjournal.com:
Sheldon Adelson on Newt: 'He's at the end of his line'  —  Sheldon Adelson, who with wife Miri, has given more than $15 million to the Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, said Monday he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” regarding the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich and Romney held secret meeting  —  Newt Gingrich held a secret meeting with Mitt Romney ahead of the Louisiana primary on Saturday, according to news report citing an anonymous source close to the Gingrich campaign.  —  The two reportedly met at the hotel where Romney was staying in New Orleans.
Discussion: Wonkette, Shakesville and The Hill
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Early Outlook for the 2012 Congressional Elections: A Forecasting Perspective  —  In today's Crystal Ball, Alan Abramowitz — whose election models are among the best in the business — provides an early look at what they tell us about the race for the House and the Senate.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves 90-day highway bill, dares Senate to reject it  —  The House on Thursday morning approved a 90-day extension of federal highway programs over the objections of angry Democrats, a move that dares Senate Democrats to reject the bill just days before federal authorization expires.
Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP shifts to offense in highway bill fight
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama budget defeated 414-0  —  President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.  —  The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Consistency: Obama budget fails to get a single Democratic vote ... again
Discussion: Fox News
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Ryan budget plan poised to pass House
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and Politico
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: House reaches bipartisan deal to reject Simpson-Bowles  —  Of late, there have been a number of efforts to reconstruct the debt deal that President Obama and Speaker Boehner almost agreed on in August.  At the Post, Peter Wallsten, Lori Montgomery and Scott Wilson published one two weeks ago.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
0-414 vote: House clobbers budget proposal based on Obama's 2013 plan
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Santorum's last chance (really, this is it)
Associated Press:
Obama outspends Republican campaigns by millions  —  CHICAGO (AP) — With Republicans locked in a contentious and expensive primary, President Barack Obama has spent a small fortune in recent months to build and maintain a campaign operation that is larger, more diverse and more focused …
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senate defeats Dem measure to nix ‘Big Oil’ tax breaks, 51-47  —  The Senate on Thursday thwarted Democratic plans to strip billions of dollars in tax breaks from the largest oil companies, just an hour or so after President Obama urged the chamber to kill off the deductions.
Mark Perry / Foreign Policy:
Israel's Secret Staging Ground  —  U.S. officials believe that the Israelis have gained access to airbases in Azerbaijan.  Does this bring them one step closer to a war with Iran?  —  In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable …
hrc.org:
Rick Santorum Tells Boy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball  —  Washington - At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin today, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball: “You're not gonna use the pink ball.  We're not gonna let you do that.  Not on camera.”
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan: The Generals Are Lying About Their Support For Obama's Pentagon Budget  —  Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in February that he fully supports the Pentagon's new budget, which incorporates $487 billion in cuts over 10 years, saying it will …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Times
 
 
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The Dangers of an Interventionist Fed
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Study: Conservatives' Trust of Science Hits All Time Low
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
British Freedom of Speech Endangered
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 Earlier Items: 
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman to ask Boehner to enforce House dress code across the board
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Mr. Health Care Mandate
Quinnipiac University:
Brown Is 10 Points Up In Ohio Senate Race Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Back Democrat By 17 Points
John Henrehan / myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
TSA Manager Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring
Discussion: Hit & Run
Graeme Wearden / Guardian:
Eurozone crisis live: Spanish general strike kicks off
Discussion: BBC and Truthdig
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Business Bets on the G.O.P. May Be Backfiring