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1:15 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 …
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 …
CBS News:
Bloomberg: We don't need vigilantes
The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
New police video casts doubt on George Zimmerman injuries
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
George Zimmerman's Father Relates George's Account of Encounter
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Newsy
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
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: House reaches bipartisan deal to reject Simpson-Bowles
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Consistency: Obama budget fails to get a single Democratic vote ... again
Fox News:
House easily rejects Obama budget in tactical vote
Discussion: RedState
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Ryan budget plan poised to pass House
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and Politico
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  —  WASHINGTON — The law professor side of President Obama is highly intrigued by the Supreme Court hearings over the constitutionality of his health care law.  He studied a summary of the arguments aboard Air Force …
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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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 …
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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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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich and Romney held secret meeting
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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Keith Laing / The Hill:
GOP shifts to offense in highway bill fight
Quinnipiac University:
Brown Is 10 Points Up In Ohio Senate Race Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Back Democrat By 17 Points  —  With a commanding lead among women, Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, the Democratic incumbent, leads Republican challenger Josh Mandel 46 - 36 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
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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 …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: Obama outspends GOP rivals combined
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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?
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 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.
Discussion: InsideClimate News and Daily Kos
 
 
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John B. Taylor / Wall Street Journal:
The Dangers of an Interventionist Fed
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Jason Koebler / US News:
Study: Conservatives' Trust of Science Hits All Time Low
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Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
Analysis: US thwarting Israeli strike on Iran
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
British Freedom of Speech Endangered
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Free exchange:
The long bust  —  NEW data revealed this morning that Britain's …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Congressional Black Caucus Chairman to ask Boehner to enforce House dress code across the board
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