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4:45 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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Washington Post:
Tracy Martin recounts police version of son Trayvon's death  —  A police detective told the father of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin that his son initiated two confrontations with the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot him.  —  Tracy Martin, describing the police version of events …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Police surveillance video of Zimmerman may show head injury  —  Surveillance video of George Zimmerman arriving at a Sanford, Fla. police station indicates what may be an injury to the back of his head, a Daily Caller analysis shows.  —  ABC News published the video Wednesday evening.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Skittles Sales Up After Trayvon Martin Shooting
Discussion: Guardian, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
Bloomberg: We don't need vigilantes
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 and Althouse
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.
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Jay Firestone / jewishjournal.com:
Sheldon Adelson on Newt: 'He's at the end of his line'
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Mitt Romney can thank President Obama's “flexibility” for Marco Rubio's endorsement.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner: Ryan budget ‘vision’ of what GOP would do if in control  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday afternoon that the budget proposal put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is a “real vision” of how Republicans would govern if they had more control of Washington.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House turns away RSC budget alternative in 136-285 vote
Discussion: RedState
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan: The Generals Are Lying About Their Support For Obama's Pentagon Budget
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Times
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.
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: RedState and Ezra Klein
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves 90-day highway bill, dares Senate to reject it
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
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
Paul Thompson / Telegraph:
Parents of murdered British students criticise Barack Obama  —  The parents of two British students murdered in Florida have criticised President Barack Obama for his lack of compassion over their son's deaths.  —  Shawn Tyson  —  His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House …
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.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Breyer's unhinged Commerce Clause ramblings  —  I was listening to the tape-delayed Obamacare oral arguments in the car Tuesday when I first heard Justice Breyer's Commerce Clause diatribe, and I meant to post something when I got home.  But after making dinner and putting the kids to bed, I forgot.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for the Left  —  It is typical for politically-engaged people to note the weaknesses and defects of their own side, while overestimating the strength and prowess of their opponents.  This is not a bad instinct, but sometimes it's worth stepping back and trying …
 
 
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Todd Ruger / The BLT:
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Jason Koebler / US News:
Study: Conservatives' Trust of Science Hits All Time Low
Mark Perry / Foreign Policy:
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Free exchange:
The long bust  —  NEW data revealed this morning that Britain's …
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John Henrehan / myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
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Graeme Wearden / Guardian:
Eurozone crisis live: Violence in Barcelona amid Spanish general strike - as it happened
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