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1:15 PM ET, April 3, 2012


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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?
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.
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health ruling
Discussion: National Review and ThinkProgress
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Wary of activist court, Obama defends health law
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's unsettling attack on the Supreme Court
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 …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Anti-Romney Pundits Struggle to Embrace Mitt
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mike Johnson / JSOnline:
Romney, Santorum campaign in final push
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.
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
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
A Women's Fund event sends off Olympia Snowe and launches Sandra Fluke  —  Bloomberg, Snowe and Taylor Dana Rubinstein  —  Some male politicians did show up to last night's Women's Campaign Fund reception at Christie's in Rockefeller Center, though they were solidly outnumbered by their female counterparts.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Paul Ryan budget plan is ‘Trojan horse’  —  President Barack Obama on Tuesday will shred the House GOP budget as a “Trojan horse” built around radical right-wing, “thinly veiled social Darwinism” and the makings of a renewed recession.  —  That's the message he'll …
Discussion: The Hill
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Obama to attack Ryan budget as effort to ‘impose a radical vision’
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Obama takes on Republicans over tax fairness
Discussion: American Prospect
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: CNN and Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Narrow Escape For Taxpayers  —  The collapse of the “green” energy industry continued today, as Solar Trust of America LLC filed for bankruptcy.  Solar Trust was, it claimed, carrying out the world's largest solar energy project in California.  Two things make Solar Trust's bankruptcy especially newsworthy …
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.
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Mitt Romney's Weakness Is Also Strength — or Is It?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
Quote of the Day: Narrative Destroying Edition  —  “You will recall the incident of the beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer.  The beating sparked outrage in the community but there were very few that stepped up to do anything about it.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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:
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 …
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.
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
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Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
White House and the F.D.A. Often at Odds
Discussion: Firedoglake, Ezra Klein and News Desk
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Broken Contracts  —  A series of major cuts in military spending …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Campaign 2012
Cheney released from hospital after heart transplant
Discussion: Politico
Hoover Institution:
Justice Kennedy's Million Dollar Question
Discussion: Power Line
Plane makes hard landing in Door County
Discussion: The Raw Story and Fox News
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Obama Lagging with Married Women
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Romney Would Lower Health Costs By Asking Patients To Pay More For Their Benefits
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Loose Bulbs  —  The Department of Energy awarded lighting giant Philips …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi wants Hillary Clinton to run in '16
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: BBC and US Politics
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Trayvon Martin - Are There Any Media People In New York City?
Discussion: TalkLeft, Althouse and CNN
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
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Investors Are Looking to Buy Homes by the Thousands
Washington Post:
GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending