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9:50 AM 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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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
New Police Video Shows George Zimmerman Unscathed On Night Of Trayvon Martin Shooting  —  ABC News has obtained exclusive video of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman on the night he shot the Florida teenager, speaking to police.  While there is no audio, the video is key evidence …
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 …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trayvon Martin: The 5 Key Unanswered Questions  —  Trayvon Martin, as he appeared on his actual Facebook page  —  It's been more than a month since Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman.  (Get a full rundown of the facts of the case here.)  —  Tonight, ABC News release video footage …
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.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
George Zimmerman's Father Relates George's Account of Encounter  —  This WOFL FOX 35 extensive interview last night of George Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman, a former judge and Vietnam Veteran, deserves equal time with the video released yesterday of Zimmerman arriving at the jail …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and msnbc.com
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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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Memo: Whatever the Ruling in Health Case, Bipartisan Fallout
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House has no contingency plans if health law is tossed
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Toobin discusses the Toobin factor
Reid Cherlin / GQ:
Take It From Me: Defending Obamacare is Super-Hard
Discussion: Don Surber, Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
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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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
0-414 vote: House clobbers budget proposal based on Obama's 2013 plan  —  The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama's 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout.  —  The vote came just hours after the White House cast …
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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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Gingrich says no deal after a secret talk with Romney  —  Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich met secretly with GOP rival Mitt Romney on Saturday, according to a source close to the campaign, but the former House speaker says he has made no deal to end his bid for the GOP nomination.
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
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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 …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Supreme Court's Dark Vision of Freedom
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Rubio endorses Romney for president  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party and a favorite among conservatives to round out the party's ticket this fall, endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday evening.  —  Rubio's endorsement is a marker of support that many candidates had sought.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama leads Romney and Santorum in November showdowns
Marco Rubio / CNN:
TRENDING: Rubio endorses Romney, argues GOP should ‘come together’
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney, Avoids Vice Presidential Speculation
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Caucus
JSOnline:
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Limbaugh sees heat over comments turn down to a simmer  —  View Photo Gallery — Rush Limbaugh is no stranger to controversial statements: A month after conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut,” the heat on him is fading.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo: This Rush Limbaugh boycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?
Discussion: Mediaite and Michelle Malkin
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 …
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
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Scott Sayare / New York Times:
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