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12:00 PM ET, April 3, 2012


 Top Items: 
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.
New York Sun:
Ex Parte Obama  —  It's been a long time since we've heard a presidential demarche as outrageous as President Obama's warning to the Supreme Court not to overturn Obamacare.  The president made the remarks at a press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Hearings Hurt Public Regard for both Health Care Law and Supreme Court  —  While most Americans say last week's Supreme Court hearings on the 2010 health care law did not change their views of the law or of the Court, they did more harm than good to the image of both.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama vs. Marbury v. Madison  —  The President needs a remedial course in judicial review.  —  President Obama is a former president of the Harvard Law Review and famously taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago.  But did he somehow not teach the historic case of Marbury v. Madison?
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Wary of activist court, Obama defends health law
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Obama: Overturning healthcare law would be ‘extraordinary step’
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Americans Are Worrying About the Constitution Again
Quinnipiac University:
Santorum Leads Romney In Pennsylvania GOP Primary, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; ‘etch A Sketch’ Rap Unfair To Romney, Republicans Say  —  Favorite Son Rick Santorum leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 41 - 35 percent among likely voters in Pennsylvania's Republican presidential primary …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
GOP Insiders Say Race Is Over, But Do Voters Agree? (The Note)
Discussion: Swampland, GOP 12 and Washington Post
Washington Examiner:
Newt aims for Gingrich flavor in Romney platform
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Romney struggles to put Santorum away
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Divide and Discriminate  —  When a light is shined into the dark corners of American politics, it's never pleasant to see what scurries away.  Last week, a federal judge in Maine unsealed memos from the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most prominent groups fighting against same-sex marriage.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Axelrod: Mitt Romney 'must watch “Mad Men” and think it's the evening news'  —  Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod mocked GOP front-runner Mitt Romney's economic policies on Tuesday, saying his ideas were from a “time warp.”  —  “He must watch ‘Mad Men’ and think it's the evening news …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
CBS News:
Axelrod: Romney “oblivious” to everyday life
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama campaign targets Romney ties to oil
Mj Leeand Tim Mak / Politico:
Sarah Palin pokes fun at herself on ‘Today’  —  Kicking off the highly anticipated battle of Sarah Palin vs. Katie Couric on the morning TV shows Tuesday, the former Alaska governor demonstrated that that she is more than comfortable poking fun of herself on national television.
Discussion: CNN and No More Mister Nice Blog
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Perry heard singing in bathroom pre-debate  —  President Obama sang Al Green at a fundraiser.  And Mitt Romney belted out “America the Beautiful” on the trail.  —  As for Texas Gov Rick Perry, his 2012 musical moment took place in the bathroom, according to this excerpt from POLITICO's new e-book, Inside the Circus:
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 …
Robinson /
Another Obama Solar Company Goes Bankrupt ...Taxpayers Lose $2 BILLION?  —  Solar Trust of America seeks bankruptcy protection after trouble getting federal loan  —  WILMINGTON, Del. — A California solar energy company that was unable to meet a deadline for an Energy Department loan guarantee …
Solar Trust of America files bankruptcy
Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
Permitted concealed firearms would be allowed in GOP convention protest zone  —  TAMPA — If Tampa's proposed rules for the Republican National Convention are passed, protesters could not bring squirt guns into a designated protest zone.  —  But they could bring real guns if they have concealed weapons permits.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi wants Hillary Clinton to run in '16  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said this week she'd like to see Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.  —  The California Democrat told PBS's Charlie Rose she has “no knowledge” of Clinton's intentions …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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.
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
Olympia Snowe: Birth Control Debate Is ‘Retro’ 1950s … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Michael Bloomberg, Emily's List, Heather Wilson, Lilly Ledbetter, Linda Lingle, Olympia Snowe, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Bipartisanship, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, Olympia Snowe Birth Control, Politics News
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Maddow Blog
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin - Are There Any Media People In New York City?  —  There is a conference on voice biometrics in New York city April 3-4.  Will any media be there?  —  Jeralyn Merritt, the Talk Left defense attorney, oftens finds herself in odd positions during the media meltdowns involving politically fashionable defendants.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Althouse and CNN
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Would Lower Health Costs By Asking Patients To Pay More For Their Benefits  —  During a town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) on Monday, Mitt Romney proposed lowering health care spending by shifting more costs to the beneficiaries and working …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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:
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Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Obama Lagging with Married Women
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
4 Indiana Dems charged with election fraud in 2008 presidential race
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama to attack Ryan budget as effort to ‘impose a radical vision’
Discussion: CNN
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Loose Bulbs  —  The Department of Energy awarded lighting giant Philips …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
Immigration Equality Files DOMA Challenge, Obama Administration Left Them “No Choice”
Washington Post:
Immigration officials arrest more than 3,100
Discussion: Colorlines and National Review
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Obama takes on Republicans over tax fairness
Discussion: American Prospect
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Revolt of the Irish Tax Slaves
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Garner / The Independent:
School meals are ‘made smaller to save money’
Discussion: BBC and US Politics
Susan Page / USA Today:
Don't say ‘no’ to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
Discussion: Politico
Jerusalem Post:
‘Ministers told 300, would die in Iran attack’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Guardian
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
In House Races, Redistricting a Hurdle for New York Democrats
Rasmussen Reports:
52% in Wisconsin Support Recall of Governor Walker
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Investors Are Looking to Buy Homes by the Thousands
Jonathan Owen / Agence France Presse:
Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all