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10:00 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.
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
What Conservative Legal Revolution?
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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
Lawrence Hurley /   SUPREME COURT:  —  Justice was blind to some facts in Idaho wetlands case
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Both Democrats and Republicans see Ryan budget as big campaign issue  —  House GOP leaders on Thursday brandished their newly passed 2013 budget as the foundation of the Republican fall election campaign.  —  They know the budget is going nowhere until the November elections …
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: Shakesville, Hot Air and Politico
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Will Endorse Romney
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 …
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”:
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
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.
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
Jake Shermanand Anna Palmer / Politico:
Republicans retreat on gay marriage  —  Just a few years ago, House Republicans were trying to etch their opposition of gay marriage into the Constitution.  —  Now?  They're almost silent.  —  It's been one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and strategy for Republicans, as they've come nearly full circle on same-sex politics.
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
France arrests 19 Islamist suspects in dawn raids  —  The BBC's Christian Fraser: “Everything that is happening at the moment also has to be seen through the prism of the election”  —  Police in France have arrested 19 Islamist suspects and seized weapons in a series of dawn raids, President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
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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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Benjamin Zycher / National Review:
The Supremes and the Catholic Charities
Discussion: Power Line and Mother Jones
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
Israel Defense Ministry plan earmarks 10 percent of West Bank for settlement expansion
Discussion: Israpundit and Informed Comment
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
 Earlier Items: 
Obama Faced Tougher Decisions Than FDR, Biden Says
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Passes Budget Blueprint
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CANNONFIRE and CNN
Associated Press:
Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law
Nicolle Wallace: Palin Will Shadow 2012 Veepstakes
Discussion: Salon, Jezebel and Rumproast
David Remnick / News Desk:
Bruce and Trayvon: American Skin