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12:20 PM ET, April 1, 2012


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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin shooting: It's not George Zimmerman crying for help on 911 recording, 2 experts say  —  As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the teen was shot?
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
I Screamed It Couldn't Be Done  —  The Orlando Sentinel brings on some voice experts to analyze a 911 call in the Trayvon Martin shooting to attempt to establish whether it is Zimmerman or Martin screaming for help.  I have previously expressed my skepticism of this process:
Discussion: Riehl World View
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC to do ‘internal investigation’ on Zimmerman segment  —  NBC told this blog today that it would investigate its handling of a piece on the “Today” show that ham-handedly abridged the conversation between George Zimmerman and a dispatcher in the moments before the death of Trayvon Martin.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Send Better Witnesses
TRENDING: Rep. Paul Ryan: ‘I really misspoke’  —  (CNN) - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday he misspoke earlier in the week when he accused military officials of not being honest about the Pentagon budget.  —  “I really misspoke,” Ryan said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Politico and Washington Post
McConnell: Romney will be an ‘outstanding’ nominee  —  (CNN) - While stopping short of a full-throated endorsement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday predicted Mitt Romney will become the Republican presidential pick and trumpeted the former Massachusetts governor as an “outstanding” nominee.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and The Hill
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Santorum says he's not dropping out even if he loses in Wisconsin  —  GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said his campaign will not end Tuesday, even if he loses the Wisconsin primary.  —  “We're moving forward, we're setting up our teams for the 26th.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Signs of Supreme Court activism worry Reagan administration lawyers  —  Advocates of judicial restraint say conservative justices should be wary of the impulse to strike down the healthcare law passed by Congress.  —  John G. Roberts Jr., now chief justice of the Supreme Court …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court health care debate: If the law fails, what's next?  —  The Supreme Court has yet to rule on President Barack Obama's health care law, but court watchers already are handicapping the domino effect if it falls.  —  If the justices knock out key parts of the law or bring down the whole thing …
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Halbert L. White, Jr., 1951-2012  —  It is with great sadness that I report that UCSD Economics Professor Hal White passed away Saturday morning after an extended struggle with cancer.  He was an irreplaceable colleague and dear friend, and we will miss him greatly.  —  Hal was one of the world's leading econometricians.
Kathleen Geier / Washington Monthly:
“Ethicist” sees no ethical issue with excluding women  —  We're hip-deep into a year that's been overflowing with virulent antifeminist backlash.  Another outbreak of the epidemic as occurred, but this time it's in a most unexpected place: the New York Times' Ethicist Column.
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
British lecturer: Jerusalem doesn't belong to Jews  —  University of Exeter lecturer tells Global March to Jerusalem protesters, “the only way we can stop Israel is to act against it.”  —  By TOVAH LAZAROFF  —  LONDON - A British university lecturer told Global March to Jerusalem protesters …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Complained To Current That Car Service Drivers ‘Smelled, Talked To Him’  —  On the heels of Countdown host Keith Olbermann's firing from Current TV, the network and sources close to it have been quick to buttress their case for the dismissal with details of the temperamental star's antics.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Weasel Zippers
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James Risen / New York Times:
Assessing Iran, but Thinking About Iraq
Discussion: emptywheel and State of the Union
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Households Earning Less Than $13,000 A Year Spend 9% Of Their Income On Lottery Tickets
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Nick Gillespie / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Panicking About Bullies
Discussion: Hit & Run and Joanne Jacobs
Obama Campaign Erases State Lines
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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