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9:55 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 …
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.
Guy Benson /
Analysis: Obama's Worst Speech Yet  —  Today we witnessed something truly remarkable.  Barack Obama managed to out-do himself by uncorking what very well may have been the most dishonest, demagogic, and bitterly partisan speech of his presidency.  I render that assessment as someone …
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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Texas judge confronts Obama administration over ‘judicial restraint’ statement
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jay Carney / Fox News:
Judges order Justice Department to clarify Obama remarks on health law case
Discussion: Don Surber and Doug Ross
Mj Lee / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama ‘thug’ on Supreme Court
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Report: Federal judge hits back at Obama
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Hill
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Pass the smelling salts! Obama ‘attacked’ SCOTUS!
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Romney's Michigan Win Stands as Climactic Moment in Campaign  —  After Mitt Romney's sweep of Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia on Tuesday, we're seeing an increasing number of news analyses declaring that the Republican race effectively over.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Triumphant Romney: On to Pennsylvania
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Week
Mike Tobin / Fox News:
‘Recall Walker’ campaign overshadows Wisconsin presidential battle
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Romney Poised to Tighten Grip on Nomination
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Santorum on losses: We're beginning the ‘second half’
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: Taylor Marsh
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Fox's Heather Childers Tweets: Did Obama Campaign Threaten To Kill Chelsea Clinton?  Fox Responds To Mediaite  —  On Tuesday, Media Matters noticed that Fox News weekend anchor Heather Childers had sent several Tweets linking to stories from a site called and …
Stephen Lacey / Grist:
Romney supported cap-and-trade in 2003 as a way to combat climate change  —  Cross-posted from Climate Progress.  —  A new document has surfaced [PDF] showing Mitt Romney's strong support for regulating carbon dioxide in 2003, when he called cap-and-trade “an effective approach” to combating climate change.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama blasts Republican budget plan as ‘radical vision’ for the nation
Discussion: AlterNet, CNN and Bark Bark Woof Woof
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich not pleased after shout out from Obama
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Klein:
Introducing Obama's opponent in 2012: Paul Ryan
Discussion: Salon
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:
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.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Holy Bullies …
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: Weasel Zippers
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Wide Racial, Partisan Gaps in Reactions to Trayvon Martin Coverage  —  Most Republicans See ‘Too Much’ Coverage  —  OVERVIEW  —  The Trayvon Martin shooting is the public's top story for the second consecutive week.  But interest in the teenager's death is deeply divided along partisan, as well as racial, lines.
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
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 …
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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
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Government plans to sue Arizona sheriff for targeting Latinos
Washington Post:
GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Bad news: Jay Carney doesn't like questions about Obama's budget
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks in Wisconsin
Discussion: National Review
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney gets personal on the campaign trail in hopes of connecting with voters
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 Earlier Items: 
RH Reality Check:
Arizona Legislators Trying To Declare Pregnancy Two Weeks Prior To Conception
Ryan Responds to Obama Criticism, Says President Is ‘More Partisan and Desperate by the Day’
Vanity Fair / The Huffington Post:
Four-Wheeled Future: All Hail the Taxi of Tomorrow
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Tyler Cowen / The American Interest Magazine:
What Export-Oriented America Means