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4:30 PM ET, April 3, 2012


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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?
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health ruling
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP senator accuses Obama of threatening the Supreme Court
Discussion: MyFoxboston and Booman Tribune
Rose Garden / The White House:
Joint Press Conference by President Obama, President Calderon of Mexico, and Prime Minister Harper of Canada
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:
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  —  House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan swung back at President Barack Obama Tuesday after the president ripped the House Republican budget as a “Trojan horse” and “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”  —  In a statement, Ryan …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: CNN and The Hill
Social Darwinism?: Obama Attacks GOP
Discussion: protein wisdom
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama attacks Ryan budget as effort to ‘impose a radical vision’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Politico
Sahil Kapur /
TPMDC  —  Obama: Ryan Budget Is ‘Thinly Veiled Social Darwinism’
Discussion: American Prospect
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  —  On duty days and drill weekends, soldiers from nearby Fort Meade routinely frequent the local Starbucks in Odenton, Maryland to treat themselves to something other than a cup of Joe from the Iron Mike at the mess hall.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
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 …
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Romney Wins over Donors by Warning of Huckabee-Palin Ticket at Convention
Discussion: Guardian and Taegan Goddard's …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum spokesman blames ‘vitriol’ against candidate for expected primary loss
Discussion: Hot Air
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Mitt Romney's Weakness Is Also Strength — or Is It?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
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: TalkLeft, The Impolitic and Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Politico
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.
Lee Habeeb / National Review:
Too Young to Die  —  His name was Albert Vaughn.  He was by all accounts a very good kid living in a very tough neighborhood.  He was attending a party at a home that was supposed to be a haven for young inner-city Chicago teens back in April of 2008.  The kids were there to enjoy some fun …
Discussion: PJ Media and Ed Driscoll
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 …
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?
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: The PJ Tatler
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.
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Associated Press:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and Campaign 2012
Hoover Institution:
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Discussion: Power Line
Matt Negrin / ABCNEWS:
Put a Ring on It: Obama Wins Women, but Not the Married Kind
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and HotAirPundit
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Discussion: CNN and Politico
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