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3:40 PM ET, April 1, 2012


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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:
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems eye policy responses to Trayvon Martin shooting death  —  In the wake of the slaying of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, House Democrats are drafting legislation designed to prevent similar tragedies in the future.  —  The lawmakers want to adopt tougher rules for neighborhood watch programs …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Trayvon Martin shooting: It's not George Zimmerman crying for help on 911 recording, 2 experts say
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.”
McConnell: Romney will be an ‘outstanding’ nominee
Discussion: Politico, The Hill 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 Javerbaum / New York Times:
A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Truthdig
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
49% Trust Republicans on Economy, 38% Trust Democrats More  —  As they have for nearly three years now, voters trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to handling the economy, by far the top issue on a list of 10 regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.
Scott Wong / Politico:
Newt amused by hot-mic explanation  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was quite amused when CBS's “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer got gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden to explain President Obama's hot-mic moment in Korea last week.  —  “I thought you getting Biden to explain Obama's open mic …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws  —  The actual content of emails, calls and text messages could only be accessed with a warrant  —  The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.
Discussion: The Verge
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Rob Bluey / Hot Air:
Obama's top two energy advisers on taxpayer-funded junkets to Tokyo, Paris
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Party Claims Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
British lecturer: Jerusalem doesn't belong to Jews
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann Complained To Current That Car Service Drivers ‘Smelled, Talked To Him’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Weasel Zippers
Nick Gillespie / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Panicking About Bullies
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hit & Run