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6:55 PM ET, April 3, 2012


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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Appeals court fires back at Obama's comments on health care case  —  (CBS News) In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president's bluff — ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's unsettling attack on the Supreme Court  —  There was something rather unsettling in President Obama's preemptive strike on the Supreme Court at Monday's news conference.  —  “I'd just remind conservative commentators that for years what we've heard is the biggest problem on the bench …
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?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Pass the smelling salts!  Obama ‘attacked’ SCOTUS!  —  To the fainting couch!  Obama attacked the Supreme Court and threatened it with a backlash, should it strike down his tyrannical scheme to impose a government takeover of health care on the nation!  —  That's what many conservative writers …
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Top Legal Commentator Toobin Stands By Doomsday Prediction For Health Care Law  —  Hindsight hasn't changed Jeffrey Toobin's mind.  —  A week after oral arguments led him to predict that the Supreme Court will strike down a key piece of President Obama's health care law …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP senator accuses Obama of threatening the Supreme Court
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Attacks House G.O.P. Budget  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama opened a full-frontal assault Tuesday on the budget adopted by House Republicans, condemning it as a “Trojan horse” and “thinly veiled social Darwinism” that would greatly deepen inequality in the country.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama distorting my budget plan
Discussion: Daily Kos and Campaign 2012
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich not pleased after shout out from Obama
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Paul Ryan budget plan is ‘Trojan horse’
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and ThinkProgress
Social Darwinism? Obama Attacks GOP
Discussion: protein wisdom
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Obama: Ryan Budget Is ‘Thinly Veiled Social Darwinism’
Discussion: American Prospect
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.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Sarah Palin on ‘Today’: Mitt Romney should not be afraid to go ‘rogue’ with VP choice
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Dependable Renegade
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Palin and Couric Have Their Morning Showdown. No Blows Landed.
Discussion: USA Today
Sarah Devlin / Mediaite:
Gov. Nikki Haley On The View: 'Women Don't Care About Contraception'  —  Nikki Haley, the young Indian-American governor of South Carolina, was on The View to talk about her new book Can't Is Not An Option, but the segment ended up going in a surprising number of directions.
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.
Washington Times:
NOM's Racial Politics Leave A Bitter Taste
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Three times Obama has said ‘marvelous’  —  President Obama took a dig at Romney today for describing Paul Ryan's budget plan as “marvelous.”  —  “Marvelous... is a word you don't often hear about budgets,” he said.  “That's a word you don't often hear generally.”  —  Except:
Atrios / Eschaton:
WANKER OF THE DECADE - 9th Runner Up  —  Megan McArdle, aka Jane Galt.  —  I generally resist the urge to pay much attention, even as she's continued to fail upwards, as certain types of people do, though I occasionally peek in on people with sterner stomachs who do pay some attention.
Discussion: The Impolitic, TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
The White House:
Remarks by the President at the Associated Press Luncheon  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Please have a seat.  Well, good afternoon, and thank you to Dean Singleton and the board of the Associated Press for inviting me here today.
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Cold Cut Case?  Wisconsin Democrats Accuse Romney of ‘Subs for Votes’  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe, Emily Friedman and Elizabeth Hartfield report:  —  PEWAUKEE, Wis. - When GOP front-runner Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gathered at a sandwich shop in Waukesha today to drum up support …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons Voices Support For Mitt Romney, Regrets Voting For Obama In '08
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Fox News Anchor: “Thoughts?  Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton's Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?”  —  Heather Childers, a “straight news” anchor for the Fox News weekend program America's News Headquarters and co-host of Fox & Friends First, tweeted this afternoon: “Thoughts?
Discussion: Examiner, Mediaite and Booman Tribune
Frank Heinz /
Live: Multiple Tornadoes in DFW  —  Tornado Emergencies issued in DFW  —  Severe detached thunderstorms swept through the Metroplex Tuesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue several Tornado Emergencies before multiple tornadoes damaged homes and tossed vehicles hundreds of feet into the air.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: Obama will start war with Iran for political gain  —  Reality television star and prominent Mitt Romney surrogate Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes President Obama would begin a war with Iran because it would help him politically.  —  “I happen to think that the President …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum spokesman blames ‘vitriol’ against candidate for expected primary loss  —  Rick Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said Tuesday that he's not sure his candidate will “pick up a single vote in D.C. because of the vitriol D.C. has for a someone like Rick Santorum who wants to shake things up.”
Suspect identified in Planned Parenthood bomb incident near Appleton  —  GRAND CHUTE — Police say they have arrested the person they think placed a homemade explosive device that went off Sunday and damaged Planned Parenthood's Gillett Street clinic.  —  Police said today they identified the man after reviewing surveillance footage.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
STUDY: Traditional Marriage Fosters Anti-Woman Attitudes In Men  —  “Traditional marriage” frequently refers to the idea that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex couples, but for many social conservatives it also means that men work and women stay at home.
Edward P. Lazear / Wall Street Journal:
The Worst Economic Recovery in History  —  Since the second half of 2009, the U.S. economy has grown at a rate of 2.4%, a full percentage point below average long-term growth.  —  How many times have we heard that this was the worst recession since the Great Depression?
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
White House and the F.D.A. Often at Odds  —  Nancy-Ann DeParle, the whip-smart and sometimes caustic White House deputy chief of staff, picked up The Wall Street Journal one summer day in 2010 and got an unwelcome shock.  The Food and Drug Administration was proposing as part of the new health care law …
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
4 Indiana Dems charged with election fraud in 2008 presidential race  —  From left, Butch Morgan, Pam Brunette, Beverly Shelton and Dustin Blythe were charged April 2, 2012, in an election fraud case from the 2008 Indiana Democratic primary.  —  Felony charges related to election fraud …
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Vanity Fair / The Huffington Post:
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Diaa Hadid / Associated Press:
Palestinians honor columnist Helen Thomas
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
At Advocates' Offices, Confronting an Anti-Liberal Scheme
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama records intro for 50th anniversary airing of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
Lee Habeeb / National Review:
Too Young to Die  —  His name was Albert Vaughn.
Discussion: PJ Media and Ed Driscoll
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Politico:
Two-in-three Jewish voters back Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
Kathleen M. Howley / Bloomberg:
Home Prices Seen Dropping 10% in U.S. on Foreclosures: Mortgages
Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
Quote of the Day: Narrative Destroying Edition
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Hoover Institution:
Justice Kennedy's Million Dollar Question
Discussion: Power Line
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
Olympia Snowe: Birth Control Debate Is ‘Retro’ 1950s
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Perry heard singing in bathroom pre-debate