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9:35 AM ET, March 30, 2012


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Broccoli and Bad Faith  —  Nobody knows what the Supreme Court will decide with regard to the Affordable Care Act.  But, after this week's hearings, it seems quite possible that the court will strike down the “mandate” — the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance — and maybe the whole law.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A stronger prescription for what ails health care  —  In arguments before the Supreme Court this week, the Obama administration might have done just enough to keep the Affordable Care Act from being ruled unconstitutional.  Those who believe in limited government had better hope so, at least.
New York Post:
A supreme shock for ‘La-La’ libs  —  The panicked reception in the mainstream media of the three-day Supreme Court health-care marathon is a delightful reminder of the nearly impenetrable parochialism of American liberals.  —  They're so convinced of their own correctness …
Ezra Klein:
If Obamacare is overturned, will that lead to single payer? And would that be a good thing?
Health Care at the High Court:
GOP Ad Uses Doctored SCOTUS Audio
Paul Ryan / CNN:
Ryan endorses Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin endorsed Mitt Romney on Friday, ahead of his state's Tuesday primary.  —  The chairman of the House Budget Committee said Romney is the best person to serve as president and the candidate most likely to beat President Barack Obama in the general election.
Discussion: Hot Air
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Will Endorse Romney  —  A source tells BuzzFeed the Budget Chairman's staff told Rick Santorum he'll back the frontrunner.  —  (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)  —  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the icon of the anti-spending movement in the Republican Party …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: 'We don't think the generals are giving us their true advice' on budget
George H.W. Bush / CNN:
Time to fold 'em, Bush 41 says to Romney's rivals
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Justice Department dropped case charging threats to Barack Obama  —  The Justice Department has quietly given up on a criminal case involving alleged death threats against Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, leaving in place a legal precedent that the department's own lawyers predicted …
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
What Conservative Legal Revolution?
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
Lawrence Hurley /   SUPREME COURT:  —  Justice was blind to some facts in Idaho wetlands case
Chris Mooney / DeSmogBlog:
Conservatives versus Science: A New Scientific Validation of the Republican War on Science (and Republican Brain) Thesis  —  UPDATE: The paper discussed below is downloadable here.  —  For a while now, I've been aware of a powerful new paper that directly tests the central argument …
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
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Discussion: Gawker, Instapundit and
ROSEANNE TWEETS ADDRESS OF ZIMMERMAN'S PARENTS - UPDATE: BARR THREATENS TO GO TO HOUSE  —  In the story below this update, Roseanne seems to express some remorse over Tweeting the address of Zimmerman's parents.  —  But here's a fairly recent tweet where she threatens to re-tweet “his address again” and “maybe go 2 hs house myself”:
Mark Murray /
NBC/Marist Poll: Romney leads in Wisconsin primary  —  In the upcoming Wisconsin primary, billed as perhaps the final opportunity to change the trajectory of the Republican presidential contest, frontrunner Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum by seven percentage points, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Moderate Conservative Dilemma  —  Nathan Fletcher was raised in Arkansas, played college baseball in California and enlisted in the Marines as a reserve in 1997.  He saw combat in 2004, based in the Sunni Triangle in Iraq.  —  One day Fletcher's unit went to relieve a convoy and was …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: No recess appointments this time  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell (Ky.) before adjourning the Senate Thursday night that President Obama would not appoint any of his nominees to the executive branch or the bench during the chamber's two-week break.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Marquardt / Associated Press:
Israelis Suspect Obama Media Leaks to Prevent Strike on Iran  —  JERUSALEM - Two reports today about Iran's nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney Supporters Yearning for the Personal Side  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The voters were pleading with Mitt Romney to share personal details of his life.  They stood at town-hall-style meetings and chatted before rallies, clamoring for a story or an anecdote that would help them connect with the real Mitt Romney.
Brian Brown / NOM Blog:
“Gay Marriage has Backfired...”, NOM Marriage News  —  “Gay marriage has backfired on the Democratic Party.”  —  With those words one of my personal heroes, New York State Sen Rev. Rubén Díaz (a Democrat from the Bronx) opened his press release titled, “What you should know.”
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and Good As You
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has lent his name to a fundraising solicitation that raises the specter of millionaires and billionaires funding an outside effort against President Obama.  —  “When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Weasel Zippers and CNN
Activities of former Cain operative scrutinized  —  Federal authorities have opened an investigation into two Wisconsin-based corporations founded and run by Mark Block, a veteran political operative who ran Herman Cain's unsuccessful presidential campaign.  —  “They are very interested …
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
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.
Aeisenberg / Fair Labor Association:
Fair Labor Association Secures Commitment to Limit Workers' Hours, Protect Pay at Apple's Largest Supplier
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Wall Street Journal:
Not-So-Smooth Operator  —  Obama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest.
Discussion: Don Surber and Betsy's Page
Gen John Allen / Telegraph:
‘Guardian angels’ assigned to watch over US troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: emptywheel and Weasel Zippers
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jacqueline Thorpe / Bloomberg:
Canada Eliminates Penny Costing Penny-and-a-Half to Make
Obama Faced Tougher Decisions Than FDR, Biden Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Passes Budget Blueprint
Discussion: Truthdig
Associated Press:
Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law
 Earlier Items: 
Nicolle Wallace: Palin Will Shadow 2012 Veepstakes
Discussion: Salon, Jezebel and Rumproast
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney donor at center of ‘pink slime’ controversy
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
Subway Kills Five-Dollar Footlongs in S.F. Due to “Higher Cost of Doing Business”