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11:20 AM 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?
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:
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
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Send Better Witnesses  —  CNN pretends to reprise the witnesses to the Trayvon Martin shooting and aftermath.  They paint a picture of a ‘fair and balanced’ effort but omit ‘John’, the most important eyewitness to the scuffle that preceded the shooting.  John says Zimmerman …
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 …
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
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Households Earning Less Than $13,000 A Year Spend 9% Of Their Income On Lottery Tickets  —  It has often been said that lotteries are a tax on the poor.  —  And that's a fair description.  —  Joe Weisenthal pointed out yesterday that poor people regularly buy lottery tickets …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Obama Campaign Erases State Lines  —  Fairness Meets Federalism In One Obama Campaign Chart.  Supporters say: “Equality and fairness!”  Opponents say: “Hey, what happened to all those state lines?”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Nick Gillespie / Wall Street Journal:
Stop Panicking About Bullies  —  Childhood is safer than ever before, but today's parents need to worry about something.  Nick Gillespie on why busybodies and bureaucrats have zeroed in on bullying.  —  “When I was younger,” a remarkably self-assured, soft-spoken 15-year-old kid named Aaron tells …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Joanne Jacobs
New York Times:
Romney Looks to Wisconsin Primary for Closure  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is on the cusp of taking firm control of the Republican nominating contest for the first time, neutralizing his most powerful critics and rallying a broad spectrum of conservatives behind him as party leaders grow increasingly eager to take on President Obama.
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Campaign Fund Prompts Talk of Giffords Comeback
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Swingin' Kennedy  —  Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor …
Discussion: Power Line
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions in urban political shift
Discussion: Eduwonk and Via Meadia
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When the Archbishop Met the President
Discussion: Power Line and Bookworm Room