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7:25 PM ET, March 29, 2012

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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 …
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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 …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
White Supremacist Hacks Trayvon Martin's Email Account, Leaks Messages Online  —  The racist smear campaign against Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen shot to death last month in Florida, has reached a new level of ghoulishness.  A white supremacist hacker says he's broken into Martin's email …
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Colorlines
David Remnick / News Desk:
Bruce and Trayvon: American Skin  —  Last night, I bolted work to catch the first show of two by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in Philadelphia.  I first saw Springsteen when he was the opening act for Chicago, in 1973 (which means I saw him even before Jon Landau branded him, indelibly, as “rock and roll's future").
Extra:
‘Extra’ Exclusive: Oprah Winfrey Sounds-Off on Trayvon Martin Tragedy  —  “Extra's” AJ Calloway sat down exclusively with Oprah Winfrey in St. Louis, where she spoke for the first time about the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  She also talked about cancelling Rosie O'Donnell's show …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Police surveillance video of Zimmerman may show head injury
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Skittles Sales Up After Trayvon Martin Shooting
Discussion: Mediaite, Guardian and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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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.
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Overconfidence: the fatal flaw  —  Overconfidence  —  Greg Sargent has a good piece up about the political myopia of the Democrats toward the possibility that the Supreme Court conservatives would be hostile to Obamacare. … I've already said what I think of this: after Bush vs Gore …
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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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: 'We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice' on budget
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
David Rogers / Politico:   Paul Ryan budget passes on partisan vote
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House approves Ryan budget plan to cut spending, taxes
Discussion: Firedoglake and Slate
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan: The Generals Are Lying About Their Support For Obama's Pentagon Budget
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Times
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House turns away RSC budget alternative in 136-285 vote
Discussion: RedState
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Gingrich and Romney held secret meeting
Jay Firestone / jewishjournal.com:
Sheldon Adelson on Newt: 'He's at the end of his line'
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.
Apickering / Fair Labor Association:
Foxconn Investigation Report  —  Publication date:  —  Thursday, March 29, 2012  —  On February 13, FLA launched an independent investigation into labor rights allegations at Foxconn, an Apple supplier in China.  FLA assessors logged more than 3,000 staff hours inside the factories.
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New York Times:
Apple Supplier in China Pledges Big Labor Changes  —  Foxconn, which manufactures more than 40 percent of the world's electronics for such companies as Apple, Dell, Amazon and others, has pledged to sharply curtail the number of working hours within its Chinese factories and significantly increase wages …
Discussion: The Stranger …
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
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Rubio's Romney endorsement and the vice-presidential calculus |  Harry J Enten  —  The Florida senator's endorsement intensifies speculation about him being a VP pick.  But how much would Rubio help Romney?  —  Marco Rubio officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president Wednesday night.
Discussion: Eunomia, ABCNEWS and msnbc.com
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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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Todd Ruger / The BLT:
Amid Signs of Continued Slowdown, Senate Panel Approves Three Judicial Nominees
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for the Left
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