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1:40 PM 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.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The RNC shoots itself in the mouth  —  Opponents of the Affordable Care Act and the Obama Administration really could not have had a better week.  They did a tremendous job framing their constitutional argument against the statute to the public, the lawyers on their side were brilliant …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
News Analysis: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy May Be Key to Health Law Ruling  —  WASHINGTON — The way to frame a Supreme Court argument meant to persuade Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is to talk about liberty.  It is his touchstone and guiding principle, and his conception of liberty is likely …
Republicans Tampered With Court Audio in Obama Attack Ad  —  A Republican Party Internet advertisement altered the audio of U.S. Supreme Court (1000L) oral arguments in an attack on President Barack Obama's health-care law.  —  In a web ad circulated this week, the Republican National Committee excerpts …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Supreme Court May Be Most Conservative in Modern History  —  If President Obama's health care bill is stricken by the Supreme Court, liberals will take it as evidence of judicial overreach, or at least that the court has shifted far to the right.  One statistical method for analyzing the Supreme Court …
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 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A stronger prescription for what ails health care
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
What Conservative Legal Revolution?
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Gingrich: Ryan endorsement ‘a great achievement’ for Romney
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan endorses Mitt Romney
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney Supporters Yearning for the Personal Side
NY Daily News:
George Zimmerman lost job as party security guard for being too aggressive, ex-co-worker says  —  Zimmerman at center of firestorm for fatally shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin last month  —  Trayvon Martin was shot along a dark walkway just behind Cheryl Brown's apartment while her son Austin …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Brother: Medical records will prove George Zimmerman's story  —  Friday night, CNN's Soledad O'Brien leads a special town hall event about the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin that has sparked a national dialogue on race and what it says about America.  “Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice in America.”
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Roseanne Barr Joins Twitter Vigilante Crew  —  Star tweeted home address of George Zimmerman's parents  —  The comedian Roseanne Barr last night tweeted the home address of George Zimmerman's parents to her 110,000-plus Twitter followers, only to delete the posting after “not fully understanding that it was private not public.”
Associated Press:
Spike Lee settles with elderly couple over misguided George Zimmerman tweet
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day: Conservatives Don't Trust Science
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Paul Krugman
Liz Goodwin / Associated Press:
Study: Trust in science among educated conservatives plunges
Discussion: US Politics and Hullabaloo
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
A clinic's landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters  —  Ricky Carioti/THE WASHINGTON POST - Todd Stave at his home in Rockville, Md. Stave founded a group, Voice for Choice to turn the tables on the anti-abortion protesters harassing his family.  The group now has about three thousand volunteers.
Wall Street Journal:
Not-So-Smooth Operator  —  Obama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest.  —  Something's happening to President Obama's relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies.  They are now inclined not to like him.  His supporters would say, “Nothing new there,” but actually I think there is.
Gina Smith / The State:
SC governor denies she is tied to tax probe  —  Gov. Nikki Haley vehemently denied Thursday that she is in any way connected to a 2011 tax audit of the Sikh temple in Chapin where her parents are leaders.  —  “It is flat out not true,” Haley said of speculation that has swirled around …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Biden: I don't want ‘real have to produce’  —  Vice President Joe Biden offered a frank assessment of his career in remarks at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago Thursday night.  According to a White House pool report, Biden, surrounded by the city's movers and shakers …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and ABCNEWS
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Michele Bachmann Thinks People ‘Choose’ To Not Have Health Insurance, Not Because They Can't Afford It  —  The Affordable Care Act expands health insurance to the millions of uninsured Americans by making it more affordable and regulating the abusive practices of health insurance companies.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ezra Klein:
If Obamacare is overturned, will that lead to single payer? And would that be a good thing?
Tim Mak / Politico:
C-SPAN hammers Sen. Saxby Chambliss  —  C-SPAN unloaded Friday on Sen. Saxby Chambliss after he charged that its televised proceedings of Congress were responsible for the partisan rancor in the Senate, pointing out the Georgia Republican had appeared on the network 599 times.
Discussion: Political Insider and FishbowlDC
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.
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 …
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
WATCH: Pol gets buss-ted!
Discussion: Gawker
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum 2012 Campaign: Repeating Missteps Of The 2006 Calamity
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Diane Hill seriously burned pouring petrol in kitchen
Discussion: Guardian
Marist Poll:
3/30: Romney Leads Santorum by 7 Points in Wisconsin
Discussion: The New Republic and The Caucus
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH House votes to ban abortion after 20 weeks
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Salon and
Chicago Tribune:
13 shot, 2 dead in Chicago in six hours Thursday night
Adam Entous / Washington Wire:
Top General Bats Back a Challenge
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and CNN
Don Thompson /
Brown defends tax plan, says money goes to schools
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Campaign Stops:
Suppress the Vote!  —  The grip of the super PAC on the …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: No recess appointments this time
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Activities of former Cain operative scrutinized
Discussion: Politico and Hotline On Call
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency
Byron Tau / Politico:
John Kerry: They're swiftboating Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and CANNONFIRE