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3:08 AM ET, April 3, 2012


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Fox News:
Obama warns ‘unelected’ Supreme Court against striking down health law  —  President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law — while repeatedly saying he's “confident” it will be upheld.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Supreme Court won't overturn health care law  —  President Barack Obama voiced confidence Monday that the Supreme Court will uphold his health care law in his first public remarks on the issue since the three days of oral arguments last week.  —  In a rare instance of a president weighing …
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama takes a shot at Supreme Court over healthcare  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took an opening shot at conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, warning that a rejection of his sweeping healthcare law would be an act of “judicial activism” that Republicans say they abhor.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Greenroom and Hit & Run
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Americans Are Worrying About the Constitution Again
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Self-Refuting Expert Witness The Orlando Sentinel Is Touting  —  Back on the Trayvon Martin killing audio expert Tom Owen is getting good press with his claim (broken by the Orlando Sentinel) that it is not George Zimmerman heard screaming for help on a 911 call.  Here are CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Mediaite and the Boston Herald.
Discussion: TalkLeft, CNN and Feministing
Fox News:
NBC launches internal probe over edited 911 call in Trayvon Martin shooting
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Senne / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney Says Campaign Will ‘Unzip’ the Real Mitt  —  GREEN BAY, Wis. - Ann Romney defended her husband's sense of humor today during a radio interview, explaining that if people think the candidate seems too stiff at times as the host suggested, she thinks “we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.”
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney confronted over Mormon doctrines
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Romney bats away Mormonism question
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Mormon Question Sparks Tense Moment During Mitt Romney Town Hall
Discussion: Mediaite
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Oakland: 7 dead, suspect caught in school shooting  —  (04-02) 20:34 PDT OAKLAND — A quiet Christian college in Oakland became the site of one of the deadliest campus attacks in California history Monday when a disgruntled former student opened fire on his classmates, police say, killing seven people and injuring three.
Discussion: L.A. NOW, The Snitch and
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
'A Conservative Coup d'Etat'  —  How do our current political struggles look from outside?  Here is a note from a reader in Holland, in response to The Hill's (never corrected) headline about the 51-47 “defeat” of a bill in the Senate:  —  The reader says:
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin - Is Everything You Think You Know Just Media BS?  —  As a launch point, let me pick up on this throw-away comment made by Rod Dreher in his own comments section:  —  I do think Zimmerman was a paranoid guy — I make this judgment based on his frequent 911 calls over the past year …
Rasmussen Reports:
52% in Wisconsin Support Recall of Governor Walker  —  A majority of Wisconsin voters now support the effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports statewide survey shows that, if the recall election was held today, 52% of Likely Voters would vote to recall Governor Walker and remove him from office.
Washington Post:
GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending  —  The chief of the General Services Administration is resigning and two of her top deputies have been fired amid reports of excessive spending at a training conference at a luxury hotel that featured a mindreader, a clown and a comedian.
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler:
Video: Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification, Accepts Donation from ‘Nidal Hasan’  —  And Aunt Zeituni.  Watch the video.  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  This video is a follow-up to Adrian Murray's facebook post over the weekend, in which he says that he donated …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, Power Line and Hot Air
Jonathan Owen / Agence France Presse:
Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all  —  Defector tells how US officials ‘sexed up’ his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion  —  NOTE: WE DO NOT STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS(ES) BUT YOUR IP ADDRESS WILL BE LOGGED TO PREVENT ABUSE OF THIS FEATURE.  PLEASE READ OUR LEGAL TERMS & POLICIES
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Report: Rick Perry used painkillers to help him get through debates  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry was under the influence of painkillers during televised presidential debates over the last year to help relieve severe back pain, according to a soon-to-be released eBook on the 2012 Republican race for president obtained by The Daily Caller.
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Investors Are Looking to Buy Homes by the Thousands  —  RIVERSIDE, Calif. — At least 20 times a day, Alan Hladik walks into a fixer-upper and tries to figure out if it is worth buying.  —  As an inspector for the Waypoint Real Estate Group, Mr. Hladik takes about 20 minutes to walk through each home …
Discussion: CARPE DIEM
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Why Don't Black People Protest ‘Black-on-Black Violence’?  —  Juan Williams offers a meme that we are seeing repeated in response to the widespread protests around Trayvon Martin: … This is an interesting question.  It's also one that Juan Williams, who's been writing about race for almost three decades, should be able to answer.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP, Romney to Raise Funds Jointly  —  In a move that shows Republicans are coalescing around the party's front-runner, Mitt Romney plans to begin raising money jointly with the Republican National Committee this week as both the candidate and the GOP brace for an expensive general-election fight against President Barack Obama.
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
District Court Upholds Illinois Total Ban on Carrying Guns  —  Illinois basically bans private citizens from carrying guns outside the home in any way that's useful for immediate self-defense.  Shepard v. Madigan (S.D. Ill. Mar. 30, 2012), has just upheld this ban; other courts, in California …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Claims California Universities Don't Teach American History (Updated)  —  Rick Santorum has previously called colleges “indoctrination mills” that make students liberal and Godless, and labeled President Obama a “snob” for wanting kids to get educated.  “Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college.
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
In House Races, Redistricting a Hurdle for New York Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — As Democrats try to orchestrate a state-by-state drive to retake control of the House of Representatives, an unexpected hurdle has arisen in New York, an overwhelmingly Democratic state that should have been friendly terrain.
Pelosi Would “Love” Hillary To Be Democrats Nominee In 2016  —  The former speaker hops on board the Clinton train.  “Hasn't she been a magnificent Secretary of State?”  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the growing ranks of politicians and public figures lining up behind a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.
Katy Stech / Wall Street Journal:
Solar-Project Developer Files for Chapter 11  —  Quickly running out of money, solar-project developer Solar Trust of America LLC filed for bankruptcy before it could finish a multibillion-dollar solar plant in California that was planned to generate electricity as one of the world's largest solar-power projects.
Discussion: Power Line and Watts Up With That?
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
The GOP's ‘repeal and replace’ fraud  —  Almost fifteen months ago, the new Republican majority in the House passed a go-nowhere repeal of the health law and promised to begin work on a replacement, which would entail holding “hearings in Washington and around the country” to draft a Republican version of health care reform.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Sarah Palin / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin ‘Today’ Show Appearance: Matt Lauer Asks If She's Reading Newspapers To Prepare (VIDEO)
The NAACP on same-sex marriage: ‘They are our community’
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Judge Clarifies That Bloggers Can Be Journalists (Just Not One in Particular)
Darius Dixon / Politico:
1940 census data: Over 22M web hits
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Mashable! and L.A. NOW
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Michelle Malkin:
Ann Coulter's “novelty candidate” swipe at Sarah Palin
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The Obama Jobs Gap is up to 15 million missing jobs