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11:50 AM ET, April 4, 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 …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Barack Obama, Constitutional Ignoramus  —  I'm grateful for the favor Obama did for us yesterday of exposing his extreme constitutional ignorance, with his comments on how it would be “unprecedented” for the Court to strike down a law passed by a “strong majority” in Congress.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Man Who Knew Too Little  —  President Obama's stunning ignorance of constitutional law.  —  We were half-joking yesterday when we asked if Barack Obama slept through his Harvard Law class on Marbury v. Madison, the 1803 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court first asserted its power to strike down unconstitutional laws.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Althouse
Andrew Koppelman / The New Republic:
The 1918 Case That May Have Foreshadowed Obamacare's Demise
Jay Carney / Fox News:
Judges order Justice Department to clarify Obama remarks on health law case
Discussion: Don Surber and Doug Ross
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Is it Over?  —  It's over: CNN estimates that Barack Obama has won enough delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2012.  —  Oh—the Republicans?  OK, I'll concede that contest is getting close to over as well.  Mitt Romney will almost certainly be the GOP nominee.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mark Finkelstein /
Scarborough: ‘No One’ In GOP Establishment Thinks Romney Will Beat Obama  —  Unemployment stubbornly over 8%.  His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court.  The “flexibility” moment with Putin's pawn.  Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you?
Discussion: Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Ayotte: Romney can erase gender gap before general election
Discussion: Hot Air
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Five things we learned Tuesday
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   Romney's Michigan Win Stands as Climactic Moment in Campaign
Mike Tobin / Fox News:
‘Recall Walker’ campaign overshadows Wisconsin presidential battle
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Romney Poised to Tighten Grip on Nomination
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Triumphant Romney: On to Pennsylvania
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Week
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Santorum on losses: We're beginning the ‘second half’
New York Times:
Calling Radicalism by Its Name  —  President Obama's fruitless three-year search for compromise with the Republicans ended in a thunderclap of a speech on Tuesday, as he denounced the party and its presidential candidates for cruelty and extremism.  He accused his opponents of imposing on the country a …
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks to Newspaper Editors
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Mahablog
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Sarah Palin's ‘rogue’ pick for VP: Allen West  —  Sarah Palin says there's one name at the top of her list if the Republican Party wants to “go rogue” in its pick for the vice presidential nominee: Rep. Allen West.  —  The former vice presidential candidate told Fox News's Sean Hannity …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weasel Zippers
Mj Lee / Politico:
John McCain kids about Sarah Palin for VP again  —  Sen. John McCain, who was roundly criticized for putting Sarah Palin on the ticket in 2008, joked Wednesday that Mitt Romney should tap the former Alaska governor as his running mate.  —  “I think it should be Sarah Palin,” …
Mj Lee / Politico:
Sarah Palin: ‘Blast’ hosting ‘Today’ show
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?
da Tagliare / Godfather Politics:
Did Barack Obama Campaign Threaten Life of Chelsea Clinton to Keep Parents Silent on Obama's Ineligibility?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Surrogate: In General Election, Women Will See Romney's ‘Real Views’  —  Tonight on CNN, Robert Ehrlich, Mitt Romney's Maryland campaign chair, suggested that voters — particularly women — would not be exposed to Romney's “real views” until the general election.
Alison Vekshin / Bloomberg:
Solyndra's Loan Guarantee ‘Was Rushed,’ Treasury Audit Says  —  The U.S. Treasury Department was given one day to complete its review of the government's $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra LLC, the bankrupt solar-panel manufacturer, to accommodate an Energy Department press release, according to a Treasury audit.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC issues apology on Zimmerman tape screw-up  —  NBC has completed its investigation into the mishandling of the police dispatcher's conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.  And the process ends with a finding of error, plus an apology.  Here is the statement just issued by the network:
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor, Will ‘Probably’ Sign Evolution Bill … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Evolution, Evolution, Video, Bill Haslam, Bill Haslam Evolution Bill, Bill Haslam Tennessee, Bill Haslam Tennessee Evolution, Tennessee, Tennessee Evolution, Tennessee Evolution Bill …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Texas judge confronts Obama administration over ‘judicial restraint’ statement  —  A federal judge in Texas is demanding that the Department of Justice clarify whether President Obama's dig about “judicial restraint” means the administration thinks the Judicial Branch has no right to overturn unconstitutional laws.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Report: Federal judge hits back at Obama
Michelle Theriault / Anchorage Daily News:
Voters reject sexual orientation initiative  —  Anchorage voters rejected a proposed ordinance to add legal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people in a chaotic municipal election fraught with ballot shortages and high voter turnout in many precincts.
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama Alienates Canada And Mexico At Three Amigos  —  At the U.S.-Mexico-Canada summit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, left, panned Obama for Fast and Furious, and Canadian PM Stephen... View Enlarged Image  —  Diplomacy: Most summits are mush-mouthed affairs full of pleasantries.
Discussion: Power Line and Fausta's Blog
Jennifer Granholm / Politico:
Being uninsured is a mandate, too  —  They tell it like it is at the beauty shop or barbershop.  —  I went for a haircut on Saturday.  My hairdresser Carmelita and I got to talking about health care and the decision now in the hands of the Supreme Court.  —  “Do you have health insurance?”
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Scott Wong / Politico:
Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote
Discussion: National Review
David Barboza / New York Times:
Flattering News Coverage Has a Price in China
Discussion: Hit & Run and Media Decoder
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Associated Press Chief Offers Lavish Praise for Obama
Joseph B. White / Wall Street Journal:
Fisker's Plans at Car Plant in Doubt
William Yardley / New York Times:
Gay Rights Bill Appears to Fail in Anchorage
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos
Stephen Lacey / Grist:
Romney supported cap-and-trade in 2003 as a way to combat climate change
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Wide Racial, Partisan Gaps in Reactions to Trayvon Martin Coverage
Discussion: Politico
RH Reality Check:
Arizona Legislators Trying To Declare Pregnancy Two Weeks Prior To Conception
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