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10:40 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.
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.
Discussion: RedState, Instapundit and neo-neocon
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.
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Guardian
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Wary of activist court, Obama defends health law  —  WASHINGTON —  President Barack Obama on Monday issued a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul, weighing in with a vigorous political appeal for judicial restraint.
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
Rose Garden / The White House:
Joint Press Conference by President Obama, President Calderon of Mexico, and Prime Minister Harper of Canada
Brian Beutler /
SLIDESHOW: Health Care Before The Court
Sorourke /
Obama Takes Aim at Supreme Court, Calls Them ‘Unelected Group of People’
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: GOP 12, Swampland and Washington Post
Washington Examiner:
Newt aims for Gingrich flavor in Romney platform
Discussion: The Other McCain and Hot Air
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Despite edge in delegates, Romney struggles to put Santorum away
Discussion: CNN
CBS News:
Axelrod: Romney “oblivious” to everyday life  —  (CBS News) — A top campaign adviser to President Obama Tuesday called Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney “oblivious” to the concerns of everyday Americans and suggested he is living in a different era.
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
Axelrod: Mitt Romney 'must watch “Mad Men” and think it's the evening news'
Discussion: Politico
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Obama campaign targets Romney ties to oil
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.
Discussion: Human Rights Campaign
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 …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Althouse
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.
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Pelosi wants Hillary Clinton to run in 2016  —  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
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 …
Katy Stech / Wall Street Journal:
Solar-Project Developer Files for Chapter 11
Discussion: Power Line and Watts Up With That?
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 - 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 and CNN
Susan Page / USA Today:
Don't say ‘no’ to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley  —  BAMBERG, S.C. - Walking down the tree-lined streets where she grew up, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley remembers the day she was presented with a beach ball at the Wee Miss Bamberg pageant — not for winning, but as a consolation prize when she and her sister were disqualified.
Discussion: Politico
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Obama takes on Republicans over tax fairness  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, seizing on Republican plans to slash deficits that the White House sees as a potent vote winner for Democrats in this year's election, slammed his opponents on Tuesday to reinforce his claim that they favor the rich.
Discussion: American Prospect
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Tim Kaine keeps up strong fundraising with $2.2M quarter  —  Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) kept up his torrid fundraising pace by raising $2.2 million since January 1, his campaign announced Tuesday morning.  —  Kaine now has $4.4 million cash on hand for his Senate race …
Discussion: CNN
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Richard Danielson / Tampa Bay Times:
Permitted concealed firearms would be allowed in GOP convention protest zone
Mj Leeand Tim Mak / Politico:
Sarah Palin pokes fun at herself on ‘Today’
Discussion: CNN
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Revolt of the Irish Tax Slaves
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Richard Garner / The Independent:
School meals are ‘made smaller to save money’
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and US Politics
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
 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
District Court Upholds Illinois Total Ban on Carrying Guns
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jonathan Owen / Agence France Presse:
Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense
Steve Senne / ABCNEWS:
Ann Romney Says Campaign Will ‘Unzip’ the Real Mitt