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8:35 PM ET, April 1, 2012


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Susan Page / USA Today:
Swing States poll: A shift by women puts Obama in lead  —  MILWAUKEE - President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation's dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side.
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: Don't blame Verrilli: Hard to defend the indefensible
Discussion: Don Surber
Biden stands by Obama on ‘hot mic’ controversy  —  (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden defended President Barack Obama on Sunday, saying the president was only stating “the obvious” in his “hot mic” moment with the Russian president earlier this week.  —  “The idea that in this election year we're …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Scott Wong / Politico:   Newt amused by hot-mic explanation
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:   Biden: Romney is “a little out of touch”
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Tongue-cutting at Al Jazeera  —  An overtly racist remark from John Podhoertz is grounded in relentless propaganda about the meaning of Terrorism  —  I'm currently conducting interviews as a follow-up to the rather acrimonious debate that erupted this week from my argument that …
Discussion: New York Times
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: The Hill, Politico and The Hill
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
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Voters Trust Republicans on Economy
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Rick Santorum on pressure to quit GOP race; Dean, Barbour preview general election  —  Special Guests: Rick Santorum, Howard Dean, Haley Barbour … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  —  With Republican leaders uniting behind Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum fights for his political life.
Discussion: Advocate and Campaign 2012
Rachel Leven / The Hill:
Santorum says he's not dropping out even if he loses in Wisconsin
Discussion: Politico, NPR, Ballot Box, Gawker and CNN
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:
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.
Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE - PALIN TO COURIC: ‘GAME ON’  —  When news broke that Katie Couric will be filling in for Robin Roberts next week on ABC's “Good Morning America,” the country yawned.  Or, at least we did, until we learned that NBC plans to pit “The Rogue Warrior” against “The Perky One” …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems eye policy responses to shooting death of Trayvon Martin  —  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 and Weasel Zippers
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Islamist Group Breaks Pledge to Stay Out of Race in Egypt
Discussion: NO QUARTER and
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
Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws
Discussion: The Verge
James Risen / New York Times:
Assessing Iran, but Thinking About Iraq
Discussion: emptywheel and State of the Union
 Earlier Items: 
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Halbert L. White, Jr., 1950-2012
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Households Earning Less Than $13,000 A Year Spend 9% Of Their Income On Lottery Tickets
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