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3:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is On Trial.  So Is the Supreme Court.  —  Before this week, the well-being of tens of millions of Americans was at stake in the lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act.  —  Now something else is at stake, too: The legitimacy of the Supreme Court.  —  Nobody knows how the justices will rule.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Supreme Court May Be Most Conservative in Modern History
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Justice Department dropped case charging threats to Barack Obama
Amanda Peterson Beadle / ThinkProgress:
Michele Bachmann Thinks People ‘Choose’ To Not Have Health Insurance, Not Because They Can't Afford It
Discussion: Wonkette and The Raw Story
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
What Conservative Legal Revolution?
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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 …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Roseanne Barr Joins Twitter Vigilante Crew
Associated Press:
Spike Lee settles with elderly couple over misguided George Zimmerman tweet
Discussion: Althouse, Mediaite and Business Insider
Mj Lee / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Why I'm backing Mitt Romney  —  Rep. Paul Ryan threw his support behind Mitt Romney on Friday, hailing him as the “best person to beat the president” and warning that the Republican primary needs to come to an end soon.  —  “Who will make the best president?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Gingrich: Ryan endorsement ‘a great achievement’ for Romney
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Paul Ryan endorses Mitt Romney
Marist Poll:
3/30: Romney Leads Santorum by 7 Points in Wisconsin
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's PAC Funded Anti-Gay Marriage Group Under The Radar … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Mitt Romney, Video, Mitt Romney Gay, Election 2012, Free And Strong America, Marriage Romney, Mitt Romney 2012, Mitt Romney Gay Marriage, Romney Gay Marriage, Romney Gay Marriage Funding …
Scott Wooledge / The Huffington Post:
How Much Racial Division and Hostility Did Mitt Romney Buy with His $10,000 Donation to NOM?  —  Mitt Romney , Gay Marriage , 000 NOM Donation , Mitt Romney NOM , Mitt Romney NOM Donation , Mitt Romney National Organization For Marriage , National Organization For Marriage , Mitt Romney $10 , Nom , Gay Voices News
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day: Conservatives Don't Trust Science  —  A new study by Gordon Gauchat takes a look at public trust in science and finds that it's unchanged over the past few decades for most groups.  The one exception is conservatives, whose trust in science has plummeted:
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Paul Krugman
Liz Goodwin / Associated Press:
Study: Trust in science among educated conservatives plunges
Discussion: US Politics and Hullabaloo
Rebecca Jarvis / CBS News:
Record $640M jackpot sparks Mega Millions mania  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO … (CBS News) Lottery agents in New York were selling 1.3 million Mega Millions tickets per hour Thursday.  —  Multiply that by 42 states, and get an idea of the frenzy over Friday night's record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Brad Plumer / Ezra Klein:
Mega Millions frenzy: Can you ever beat the lottery's long odds?
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Willful Ignorance  —  This, from YouGov, tells you everything you need to know about contemporary race relations in a single, compact chart:  —  For 66 percent of white Americans to agree with this statement—"Irish, Italian, Jewish, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up.
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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 …
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 …
Diane Hill seriously burned pouring petrol in kitchen  —  The woman was treated by paramedics at the house in Moorgate, York  —  A woman suffered 40% burns when petrol ignited as she was decanting it in her kitchen in York with the cooker on.  —  Diane Hill, 46, was pouring petrol …
Discussion: Guardian
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
MasterCard, VISA Warn of Processor Breach  —  VISA and MasterCard are alerting banks across the country about a recent major breach at a U.S.-based credit card processor.  Sources in the financial sector are calling the breach “massive,” and say it may involve more than 10 million compromised card numbers.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian, The Raw Story and Gothamist
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.
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama says oil markets can handle expanded sanctions on Iran
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
GOP Attorney General Suing Over Obamacare Supports Single-Payer: ‘I Trust The Government More’
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sen. Lugar wins residency battle, but might have lost the messaging war
Discussion: Politico
Scott Walker / CNN:
Recall vote scheduled in Wisconsin, Republican ad war continues
Discussion: Hot Air
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
WATCH: Pol gets buss-ted!
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum 2012 Campaign: Repeating Missteps Of The 2006 Calamity
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Norma Love / Associated Press:
NH House votes to ban abortion after 20 weeks
Chicago Tribune:
13 shot, 2 dead in Chicago in six hours Thursday night
Jake Shermanand Anna Palmer / Politico:
Republicans retreat on gay marriage
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: No recess appointments this time
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Charles Hurt / Washington Times:
Brutal week for Obama, the worst of his presidency