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11:35 AM ET, March 29, 2012


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George Zimmerman on Police Surveillance  —  Tapes show neighborhood watchman on night of Trayvon Martin killing.
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 …
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
CBS News:
Bloomberg: We don't need vigilantes
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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.
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 …
First Thoughts: Santorum's last chance (really, this is it)  —  Upcoming Wisconsin primary is shaping up to be Santorum's last chance.... White House more optimistic about its chances with the Supreme Court (at least compared with yesterday)... Romney's dog-bites-man endorsements …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Riptide 2.0
Jay Firestone /
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.
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:
Top super-PAC donor Adelson says Gingrich ‘at the end of his line’
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 …
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
WaPo: This Rush Limbaugh boycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?
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.”
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Rubio Endorses Romney, Dismissing Vice Presidential Talk  —  Senator Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney on Wednesday night on Fox News's “Hannity” show, calling Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, “a stark contrast to the president's record.”
Free exchange:
The long bust  —  NEW data revealed this morning that Britain's economy shrank more than initially reported in the last quarter of 2011, capping a disappointing year and continuing a very disappointing recovery.  Over at FT Alphaville, Joseph Cotterill discusses a Citigroup analysis of the revision that includes this striking chart:
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt / New York Times:
Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass Pioneer, Dies at 88  —  Earl Scruggs, the bluegrass banjo player whose hard-driving picking style influenced a generation of players and helped shape the sound of 20th-century country music, died on Wednesday in Nashville.  He was 88.  —  His son Gary said his father died at a hospital of natural causes.
Romney gets flak over Wisconsin anecdote from long ago  —  Normal  —  false  —  false  —  false  —  EN-US  —  X-NONE  —  X-NONE  —  MicrosoftInternetExplorer4  —  <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" DefUnhideWhenUsed="true"  —  DefSemiHidden="true" DefQFormat="false" DefPriority="99"
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
British Freedom of Speech Endangered  —  In Britain, the trend toward the curbing of free expression picked up speed on Monday, when British student Liam Stacey was sentenced to 56 days in prison for posting racist comments on Twitter.  When Premier League footballer Fabrice Muamba …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Mr. Health Care Mandate
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Ex-Rocky editor offered WashPost ME job
Wall Street Journal:
Missile Gaffe Leaves Europe Unfazed
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Eunomia
Washington Examiner:
Santorum details new delegate math
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ed Henry / Fox News:
Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in ‘Fast and Furious’
Keith Laing / The Hill:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
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Business Bets on the G.O.P. May Be Backfiring
Larry Shaughnessy / CNN:
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