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8:30 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 …
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 …
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP senator accuses Obama of threatening the Supreme Court
Discussion: MyFoxboston and Booman Tribune
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.
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich not pleased after shout out from Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich, who last week announced he was laying off staff and cutting back on campaign stops, responded coolly Tuesday to President Barack Obama's mention of his past language deriding a GOP budget plan.
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Klein:   Introducing Obama's opponent in 2012: Paul Ryan
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Paul Ryan: Obama distorting my budget plan
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Campaign 2012
Steven Senne / ABCNEWS:
Paul Ryan: More Risk Than Reward As Veep Pick?
Discussion: USA Today
Fox News:
On primary day, Obama lambastes GOP budget plan as ‘Trojan horse’
Discussion: American Spectator
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Obama Frames the Economic Choice for November
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons Voices Support For Mitt Romney, Regrets Voting For Obama In '08
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Social Darwinism? Obama Attacks GOP
Discussion: protein wisdom
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?  —  Most people in the US, especially Democrats, believe that the Obama Birther Movement was started by Republicans and or the Tea Party.  They believe it is a smear campaign aimed to tarnish the image of their hero of change.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Sarah Palin on ‘Today’: Mitt Romney should not be afraid to go ‘rogue’ with VP choice  —  If Sarah Palin hopes to keep her name—and the Palin brand—in the GOP discussion ahead of the Republican Convention in August, she is doing a pretty good job of it.  —  Before her co-hosting duties on the …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Dependable Renegade
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
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.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC News Admits ‘Error’ of Edited 911 Call in Trayvon Martin Controversy (Video)  —  The network has concluded its investigation into the “Today” broadcast, expressing “regret” for the situation and apologizing to viewers.  —  NBC News said Tuesday it has concluded an investigation …
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 …
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:
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.
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?
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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Justin Sullivan / ABCNEWS:
Wisconsin Exit Polls: 8 in 10 Voters Believe Romney Will Be GOP Nominee
Discussion: Firedoglake and JSOnline
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Rick Santorum's spring break: A week of beer, bowling, brats and bocce ball
Vanity Fair / The Huffington Post:
Four-Wheeled Future: All Hail the Taxi of Tomorrow
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
STUDY: Traditional Marriage Fosters Anti-Woman Attitudes In Men
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Habeeb / National Review:
Too Young to Die  —  His name was Albert Vaughn.
Discussion: PJ Media and Ed Driscoll
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
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
White House and the F.D.A. Often at Odds
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